Motivational Conversations for Investigators: Discover the correlation between Motivational Conversation, investigative skills, and good police work

March 16, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Motivational Conversation is the process of using questions to move people in a well-intended direction.  The questions are used to create conversations which lead to relationship building, or rapport.  As law enforcement officers, we engage community members on a daily basis where we are interacting, persuading, and engaging on a variety of levels.  Motivational Conversation helps the law enforcement professional make these daily contacts much more productive and effective.

As police investigators, there are similar aspects to conducting an interrogative interview and the core tenets of Motivational Conversation.  Both are based on rapport building, engaging with the person being interviewed, and guiding people along a well-intended path (truth seeking).  The ability to successfully use Motivational Conversation on a daily basis will be the foundation for conducting successful interrogative interviews.  Learn how to use Motivational Conversation to build upon your interrogative interviewing skills.

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Al Cobos has over 31 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). He holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Arts from California State University, Long Beach.   He is an award-winning faculty member of the University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus for his research course development in managing teams. He currently serves as a Sergeant at the LASD Training Bureau’s Education-Based Discipline/Leadership Unit where his primary responsibilities lie with training personnel who have been disciplined.  He is also responsible for developing executives, supervisors, recruits, civilian/professional staff, and instructors in their pursuits on the Department.  He is the primary consultant and owner of Dychelon LLC which is a Human Resources training provider.

Al Cobos has earned the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, Master Instructor Certification and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) National Instructor Certification.

He provides specialized training for any organization in the areas of Team Building & Management, Creating Culture Change in Organizations, Personal and Organizational Ethics, Alternative Discipline for Employees, Motivating Employees, Critical Thinking, Instructor Development, and Implicit Bias. Al Cobos works toward helping people in their personal and professional endeavors.