Protech Polygraph

P.O. Box 1149, Kloof, 3640, Durban


When we hear the term "Polygraph" most of us immediately think "lie detector". This is not entirely the case. The word "Polygraph" can be broken into two; "poly" meaning many and "graph" meaning write. The actual test itself is made up of a number of graphs which provide graphic responses from the examinee’s body as a result of specific questions being asked, in order to determine whether the examinee is being truthful or showing signs of deception. These responses will occur whether the Polygraph machine is attached to the examinee or not. The Polygraph is a recognized scientific approach to the detection of deception.

The Polygraph Test can be used for a number of reasons; rapidly and accurately verifying or discrediting statements of subjects and witnesses, aiding in obtaining truthful statements, aiding in locating hidden evidence and aiding in revealing additional investigative leads. Polygraph shortens the investigative process, saving time and money. The strength of Polygraph Examinations has proven to be a valuable tool in on-going enquires.

Polygraph Tests consists of three phases; a pre-test interview, the actual test and a post test interview. This process on average will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes per test. The venue for the Polygraph Test is extremely important. The need for a quiet, private office with a table and two chairs is required in order to psychologically prepare the examinee for the test. This along with a qualified and professional examiner will ensure that the best results are achieved and most importantly, the results are ACCURATE.

The Examiner

Miss Clair Hawley has successfully completed the academic and practical requirements of The Professional Examiner Training Program for Psychophysiological Detection of Deception through the American International Institute of Polygraph. This qualification, which is internationally recognized, enables her to conduct the necessary interviews and tests that will give scientific results to aid in establishing guilt or innocence.

Miss Hawley was born and raised in Durban and from an early age, expressed an interest in joining the South African Police. Due to her family and friends obvious concerns for her safety, she obtained her matriculation exemption from Westville Girls' High School, departed South Africa and joined Her Majesty's British Army as a Private soldier. Following her Basic Training she was informed that her first post would take her to Northern Ireland which was still deemed an Operational Theatre. She served there for three years. Whilst there, she was recommended for Officer training and attended the forty-four week course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. She Commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Military Police and was posted as a Platoon Commander to the North of England

She quickly rose to the rank of Lieutenant within her first 12 months following which, her leadership and Policing knowledge would be put to the ultimate test during a six and half month tour of Iraq. The responsibility of her soldiers was paramount as well as monitoring their welfare and ensuring their policing knowledge, both practically and theoretically, was in accordance with British and International law. One of her other main responsibilities throughout the tour was to provide Policing advice and guidance to the Battlegroup hierarchy located within Basra City and outlying areas.

Miss Hawley then proceeded to further her development and experience by successfully completing the 12 month CID process. This therefore enabled her to conduct all serious enquiries and following her promotion to Captain, become the Officer Commanding of a Section of Senior Investigators within the Special Investigations Branch in Germany. She attended the Senior Investigating Officer's (SIO) Course with Greater Manchester Police which qualified Miss Hawley to lead complex investigations and she obtained extensive experience in serious enquiries ranging from drugs, to deaths, rapes, firearm smuggling, frauds and child abuse cases.