Catching drivers hiding something

Our top highway cop to learn secrets in USA
ON THE HUNT: Working on catching criminals based on physical observations are (from left) Superintendent Harry Hayes, Superintendent Mick Sayer, Sergeant Michael Connors, Senior Sergeant Tim Armstrong and Superintendent Paul O’Halloran. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

SERGEANT Michael Connors will fly to Texas today as the only Australian police officer to take part in a training program aimed at catching out criminals who keep secrets.

High-ranking police from around the state have identified the Wangaratta Highway Patrol sergeant as one of the top road policemen in the force, and chose him for the 12-day program to learn the latest tricks that criminals in America are using.

“Their training appears to be a bit more advanced than others,” Sgt Connors said.

The training is part of Victoria Police’s Crime And Traffic Connecting on Highways (CATCH) program, which was introduced in 2009 and aims to identify criminal behavior through observations.

Sgt Connors said almost anything in a car can be used to transport drugs, but he also looks to identify all kinds of liars, “from the unlicensed driver right through to the murderer”.

Goulburn Valley region’s Superintendent Mick Sayer said the technique is known as “interdiction” and Sgt Connors is one of the best at picking up telltale signs that someone is lying.

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