Polygraph Examiner MAPA,
BA. (Criminal Justice Admin.)
Grad. Dip. (Security Mgmt)
Director, Australian Polygraph Services
In 1996 Steve was the first Victorian Police Officer to graduate from Western Oregon University USA as a certified polygraph examiner. After graduating Steve trained with and examined polygraph testing formats and behavioural interview techniques utilised by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Polygraph Unit, US Secret Service, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Steve is now the Managing Director of Australian Polygraph Services and consults his services to the public, government and corporate organisations worldwide.
Steve was also consulted by the South Australian Police to set up their Pre-employment polygraph screening program which commenced in 2008. Australian Polygraph Services has since conducted a number of pre-screening polygraph tests on selected applicants as part of their recruitment process.
Steve also consults his services to the Victoria Police homicide squad and the South Australian Police Major Crime Squad and has conducted polygraph testing for 76 high profile homicide cases and one serial killer investigation. Steve has also conducted a number of other high profile media polygraph tests and interviews including:
3AW (Neil Mitchell), 2UE, ABC, 3LO, 5DN (Deryn Hinch), ABC radio, Today Tonight, A Current Affair (McDonalds competition scandal), Today Extra, Good Morning Australia (Bert Newton), The Footy Show (ARL), National Nine News (Perth serial killer investigation), Fox FM (Tracey & Matt), Southern FM, Sex Lies & Politicians, Hey, Hey its Saturday, Channel Ten News, The Panel, The Crud Show (Triple M), 3AW (Ernie Sigley) Triple J. Mornings with Kerri-Anne and various others.
The Herald Sun, Security Australia, The West Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sunday Herald Sun, The Telegraph, Queensland Courier Mail, The Investigator, Australian Style, The Age, Security Oz Magazine, The Financial Review, GQ Magazine, Who Magazine, Madison.
Polygraph Examiner (Certified & accredited by the American Polygraph Association)
Certified & Accredited Polygraph Examiner (17 years experience)
*Latest Polygraph equipment & Software*
1998- Accredited training
1999- Scientific Content Analysis
2003- Advanced & Specialised training in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception
2015- Polygraph testing suspected sex offenders and their victims
Cristelle van Heerden received her training in 1998 from Argenbright International Institute of Polygraph. Her instructor was Mr. Charles Slupski, the previous Director at the US Department of Defence Polygraph Institute. The course was fully certified and accredited by the APA (American Polygraph Association). APA examiners are highly qualified professionals who are motivated to help protect the public by verifying the truth, while following the highest standards of moral, ethical, and professional conduct. APA examiners pledge to follow all the rules and regulations for polygraph methodologies that are accepted and used in the field today.
In 1999, Cristelle received further education in Scientific Content Analyses from the Laboratory for Scientific Interrogation and in 2003 she was awarded certification in Advanced and Specialised Training in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception. In 2015 she successfully completed her training in polygraph testing suspected sex crime offenders and their victims.
Cristelle has been a polygraph examiner for the past 17 years and has conducted hundreds of polygraph tests covering fidelity, child molestation, rape, bribery, theft, veracity and various other issues. Cristelle now conducts polygraph examinations in our new Queensland office.