Law Enforcement Finds Using Converus’ EyeDetect Saves Time, Reduces Hiring Costs and Identifies Better Qualified Candidates
Police and sheriff’s departments say EyeDetect’s accuracy and speed make it an invaluable screening tool for job applicants.
Kent (Washington) Police Chief Ken Thomas says making EyeDetect part of his agency’s hiring process has been a “huge success” by saving a lot of time, energy and money.
LEHI, Utah – June 23, 2017 – Now law enforcement agencies in the U.S. can proactively manage their future reputations more effectively with EyeDetect, a new, high-tech screening method, to quickly identify the most trustworthy job candidates. Hiring managers say improving and streamlining the hiring process is a competitive advantage over other agencies vying for same limited pool of job seekers.
EyeDetect, by Converus, is the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology to accurately detect deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors. It uses a high-definition, infrared camera to take 60 measurements per second of involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other features — to detect deception.
“EyeDetect helps us quickly identify who would make a good police officer and who would cause us a lot of concern,” said Kent (Washington) Police Chief Ken Thomas. “We do not want to have any controversy or crisis going on, and this is one more tool to quickly go through the many, many candidates that are out there to [help us] get the very best.”
“I expect we could end up saving $60,000-70,000 annually, just in man hours, by using EyeDetect,” added Kent Police Department Background Investigator Justin Davis.
Other early adopters of EyeDetect include Palm Springs Police Dept. (CA), Boise PD (ID), Kent PD (WA), Idaho State Police, Las Cruces County Sheriff (NM), Livingston Parish Sheriff (LA), and the Davis County District Attorney (UT).
Converus has also demonstrated EyeDetect with national agencies such the State Department, Secret Service, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, U.S. Probation Office, National Center for Credibility Assessment, armed forces and others, as well as to several members of Congress.
“When it comes to screening job candidates, EyeDetect is currently the most accurate and fastest on the market,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “As more local and national law enforcement agencies learn how EyeDetect can greatly streamline the hiring process, we expect every agency will soon be incorporating it.”
Mickelsen said some law enforcement agencies are hesitant to disclose they’re using EyeDetect for screening job candidates. They fear that when other local agencies adopt the technology as well, they’ll lose their competitive advantage of identifying and hiring the most qualified candidates faster than anyone else.
“We really maximize our time and our efforts using EyeDetect early in the process,” Thomas said.
Because the EyeDetect test is automated, it eliminates the potential for an examiner’s biasness to affect the screening results.
“EyeDetect is 100 percent unbiased,” said Davis. “EyeDetect doesn’t care one way or another regarding a candidate’s gender, race, religion, etc. All EyeDetect cares about is truthfulness. To base a hiring decision on truthfulness, I don’t think you can go wrong.”