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GPA/GBI Fall Conference Details are available!

Posted: February 7, 2022

Date: September 12, 2022

The GBI/GPA 2022 Polygraph Conference has been scheduled for September 12th-14th, 2022, in the downtown historic district of Savannah. The conference will be held at Savannah Marriott Riverfront, 100 General McIntosh Blvd. In order to hold such an amazing training event, GPA made assurances that all conference attendees will secure lodging at this facility alone. It is imperative that everyone secure lodging at this facility to avoid GPA incurring additional financial burdens. Check in will be available on Sunday, September 11th and the conference will conclude on Wednesday, September 14th. Rooms start at $169.00 per night. For those wishing to add additional nights outside of the conference dates you will have to pay the standard room rates offered by Savannah Marriott Riverfront.


Please follow instructions on the registration form and use the group code to secure your lodging and obtain the special pricing for this amazing event. We look forward to seeing everyone at Savannah Marriott Riverfront in September!

Minutes from September 2021 Meeting

Posted: October 29, 2021

The minutes for our September 2021 meeting are available for download.


Tri-State Conference Registration Notice

Posted: September 7, 2021

We want to thank everyone for supporting the GPA and the Tri-State Polygraph Conference. We are excited to announce that our registration threshold is quickly being filled, but a few spots are still available. To confirm available space, contact the GPA Treasurer Don Berecz via email at Additionally, our website will be updated should registration have to be closed.

Minutes from July 2021 Meeting

Posted: July 14, 2021

The minutes for our July 2021 meeting are available for download.


Minutes from March 2021 Meeting

Posted: March 10, 2021

The minutes for our March 2021 meeting are available for download.


Minutes from January 2021 GPA Meeting

Posted: January 13, 2021

The minutes for our January 2021 meeting are available for download.


Minutes from November 2020 GPA Meeting

Posted: November 12, 2020

The minutes for our November 2020 meeting are available for download.


Upcoming GPA Meeting Location Change

Posted: September 15, 2020

The location for the November 10th GPA meeting has been changed. It will be held at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, 8470 Earl D. Lee Blvd., Douglasville, GA., 30134. The time has not changed. The meeting will include training and a catered lunch. Additionally, we will be accepting nominations for next year's board members. Please offer up your nominations at this meeting and those nominations will be voted on at the January 2021 meeting.

Minutes from August 2020 GPA Meeting

Posted: August 11, 2020

The minutes for our August 2020 meeting are available for download.


2020 Tri-State Polygraph Conference Canceled and President's Message

Posted: July 24, 2020

Greetings colleagues,

After much consternation, we must concede to the pandemic and cancel the Tri-State Conference this year. We have worked diligently to provide this much needed training; however, Governor Kemp's current order is still in effect and there is no reason to believe that it will change based on the predicted models for the fall. Unfortunately, the pandemic has created such uncertainty that attempting to host the conference at this point appears futile. The health and wellness of our associates and those from other states that would attend is paramount to this organization. We have remained cautiously optimistic throughout the year planning and organizing the conference; however, the reality of the situation is that it’s not pragmatic to host the conference during a health crisis.

To cancel reservations as Hotel Tybee please call the reservation desk at 912-786-7777 and cancel. There should not be a penalty for cancelling.

Stay safe and healthy,
John Sweat

Minutes from March 2020 GPA Meeting

Posted: March 16, 2020

The minutes for our previous meeting are available for download.


2020 Tri-State Polygraph Conference

Posted: February 26, 2020

The 2020 Tri-State Polygraph Conference is hosted by the Georgia Polygraph Association from October 14-16, 2020 located at the Hotel Tybee on Tybee Island. 20 hours of APA advanced/specialized continuing education credit & 20 hours of P.O.S.T. credit for all law enforcement officers with O-KEY numbers. Seminar Registration: All active, sworn Georgia law enforcement polygraph examiners or Georgia Polygraph Association members in good standing may attend.

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Minutes from January 2020 GPA Meeting

Posted: January 23, 2020

The minutes for our previous meeting are available for download.


Agent Ben Hanson Retires!

Posted: July 1, 2019

Agent Hanson will be medically retiring from the GBI. He has given countless years of service to the GPA and to the polygraph industry. Thank you, Ben, for your dedication to the polygraph profession!

Lawson Hagler Receives Award

Posted: September 19, 2018

At the 2018 American Polygraph Association Annual Seminar in Austin Texas, GPA Member Lawson Hagler received the Al and Dorethea Clinchard Award. This award honors extended, distinguished, devoted, and unselfish service on behalf of the APA Membership.

Please join us in congratulating him for this great accomplishment!

Member Memorials on Website

Posted: January 11, 2018

New section of our website for Member Memorials. Major Tommy Wheeler is the first member to be honored on this page.

Visit: Memorials

Major Tommy Wheeler Passes Away

Posted: October 13, 2017

The GPA sends its sincerest condolences to the family of Major Tommy Wheeler. Major Wheeler passed unexpectedly on October 8, 2017. He was a long time member and past president of the GPA and taught most of us at Chuck Slupski's school for polygraphy. His dedication and expertise in the field of polygraph and law enforcement will not be soon forgotten. Major Wheeler’s obituary and memorial services can be found at the following website:

7th Annual Tri-State Conference

Posted: October 13, 2017

Thank you to all attending members of the 7th Annual Tri-State Conference! We had an amazing turnout and awesome instructors. The 8th Annual Tri-State Conference will be hosted in 2018 by South Carolina.

Mike Strom Raffle Winner 

The winner of the TV raffle was Mr. Mike Strom. Congratulations Mr. Strom!!


Lisa Holt Ugly Shirt Winner 

The winner of the Ugly Shirt contest was Ms. Lisa Holt and her flashback sweater! Ms. Holt won a brand new custom BBQ set with case. Congratulations Ms. Holt!!

Training Crowd Back 
Training Crowd Front 
Leland Hester 
Training Close Up 
Desk Laptop 
Kari Bumbleburg 
Training Back 
Georgia Southern University 
Training Speaker 
Outdoor Discussion 
At the Pool 
Parking Lot Discussion 
Parking Lot 
Training Discussion 
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Training Side 
Training Side 
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Steven Duncan becomes President-Elect of the APA

Posted: July 20, 2017

Many congratulations to our friend Steven Duncan on winning President-Elect of the American Polygraph Association!

Member Cards and July Training Details

Posted: July 20, 2017

New Member Cards have been created. If you were not present for the July meeting, you should receive them in the mail. If they are not received or not correct, please contact us for a replacement.

Training at our July meeting regarding "Interviews and Interrogations for Polygraph Examiners" was provided by Meredith Edwards. Training consisted of one hour and served as a refresher in interrogation skills and tactics.

Finally, membership dues were due April 1. If a member does not become current by August 1, 2017, they will be removed from the directory and membership list. Please send your payments immediately to Ms. Brenda Nix.

Steve Duncan Runs for APA President-Elect

Posted: March 22, 2017

Our very own member Mr. Steve Duncan will be running for the office of President-Elect of the American Polygraph Association. We are very proud and wish him the best of luck. Be sure to cast your vote in June of this year!

March 2017 Training Photos

Posted: March 17, 2017

Mr. Robbie Frederick gave an informative lecture on Test Data Analysis. The GPA would like to thank Mr. Frederick for donating his time and coming to the Warner Robins Police Department to give his instruction. All officers who attended received four hours of POST credit. The winner of the door prize was Trooper C. Allen Morgan! He won a two-disc DVD set documentary of the Battle of Iwo-Jima.




Upcoming Tri-State Conference

Posted: January 12, 2017

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The Tri-State GBI/GPA Polygraph Examiner Conference will be held October 3rd-5th, 2017, with the 5th being a half day. The conference will be held at Hotel Tybee in Tybee Island Georgia. The hotel has also blocked a set of rooms for those that would like to stay on the beach. It will still be plenty warm during this time of year and we are hoping for beautiful weather. We are looking forward to a good turnout this year. Instructors and training provided will be updated on the website once it has been confirmed.

GPA Member wins APA Award

Posted: November 15, 2016

Nigel Lange, a GPA member who works at the Georgia State Patrol, won the American Polygraph Association’s the 2016 Alec Greene Award. We are so proud of him!

October 2016 Training Photos

Posted: October 18, 2016

This year's annual GBI/GPA Seminar was hosted by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office October 11th-13th. We would like to thank Don Kraphol for providing excellent training in a "Back to the Basics" program. We would also like to thank the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office for the use of their facilities and SA Ben Hanson for securing such great instruction.

This year the GPA provided door prize drawings and raffles for the GPA members in attendance. Meredith Edwards raffled a GPA BBQ bucket with lots of BBQ related items. The GPA also raffled a Remington 870 Express Tactical 12 GA Shotgun. The winner of the shotgun was Ed Byers.

Ed Byers and John Sweat
Ed Byers and John Sweat

July 2016 Training Photos

Posted: July 18, 2016

The July 2016 Training was held at the Lake Allatoona Yacht Club.

GPA on a boat

GPA President Meredith Edwards

Training Event

Training Event

May 2016 Training Photos

Posted: May 12, 2016

The May 2016 GPA Training was hosted at the Douglasville Police Department and featured guest speaker Don Kraphol.

GPA President Meredith Edwards with Don Kraphol

November 2012 Meeting

Posted: November 19, 2012

The Georgia Polygraph Association was hosted by the Roswell Police Department. Chief Rusty Grant gave a few words of welcome during the business meeting where new member Elisa Lorenz was welcomed and presented her membership certificate. Chief Grant provided a sandwich lunch for the membership in attendance at the training session.


Training was a presentation of the videos Polygraph Evidence Moot Court and F. Lee Bailey Expert Witness produced by the American Polygraph Association.

July 2012 Meeting

Posted: August 16, 2012

The Georgia Polygraph Association was hosted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office represented by Major Tommy Wheeler. As always, the Sheriff put out a great spread of biscuits and coffee and fed us fresh grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch. The cobbler and homemade ice cream was a particularly fine treat for desert. 


Training was provided by Joel Montezinos of the Roswell Police Department on Polygraph Legal Review and Updates. This was particularly well received in view of the upcoming changes in Georgia’s rules of evidence.

May 2012 Meeting

Posted: May 31, 2012

The Georgia Polygraph Association was hosted by the Morris and Brenda Nix. The highlight of the meeting was the recognition of GPA Board Member Art Curnutte who was awarded an American Association of Police Polygraphists Regional Director’s Award for exceptional performance from Region V Director Frank Suddreth.

Sergeant Curnutte received the award for his outstanding investigative polygraphy that resulted in first clearing an innocent suspect, which prompted the investigators to develop a second suspect. This suspect was also polygraphed by Sergeant Curnutte who, after he determined the subject was deceptive on the test, obtained a full confession to eight unsolved arsons.

Again, congratulations to Sergeant Art Curnutte for his well deserved honor.


Training was provided by Sergeant Morris Nix on polygraph interviews and interrogations. Sergeant Nix, who is a long time instructor at the Cobb County, Georgia Police Academy and an expert in interview techniques, presented a captivating and informative class.

March 2012 Meeting

Posted: April 18, 2012

The Georgia Polygraph Association was hosted by the Macon, Georgia Police Department. This is the second year Macon PD has hosted a meeting and, like last year, it was very well attended.

March 2012 Meeting


Training was presented by Tracy Alvord regarding polygraph and sex offender treatment. It was an exceptional presentation and applied well to PCSOT testing and pre-conviction testing conducted by most law enforcement agencies.

January 2012 Meeting

Posted: February 2, 2012

The Georgia Polygraph Association was hosted by the American International Institute of Polygraph at its new location in Stockbridge, Georgia. This was our annual elections meeting. The following slate of nominees was presented to the membership in attendance: President, Joel Montezinos; Vice-president, Nigel Lang; Board Member at Large, Don Imbordino; Board Member at large, Art Curnutte. The positions for Secretary and Treasurer were not up for election this year. Nominations were called from the floor but none presented. A vote was called for by a show of hands per the Association By-laws. The slate was approved by unanimous vote of the members.

The Association officers for 2012

  • President: Joel F. Montezinos
  • Vice President: Nigel Lange
  • Secretary: Leland Hester
  • Treasurer: Marc Perlson
  • Board Member: Donald J. Imbordino
  • Board Member: Arthur Curnutte
  • Executive Director: Tommy Wheeler


Training was presented by Kari Bumbleburg of the Lafayette Instrument Company. Kari led a very informative discussion of the latest Lafayette polygraph software.

Training was also presented by Chuck Slupski of the International Institute of Polygraph. Chuck led a discussion of the “hot off the presses” APA Question and Answers regarding the Meta-Analytic Survey of Criterion Accuracy of Validated Polygraph Techniques.

November 2011 Meeting

Posted: December 1, 2011

The Georgia Polygraph Association was hosted by Major Tommy Wheeler and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office who were gracious in not only providing a great meeting room but breakfast and Lunch which were clearly enjoyed by all. In the business meeting we discussed a variety of topics including upcoming elections for 2012 and the current State requirements for Post Conviction Sex Offender testing.


Photo of Don Imbordino

Training on the use of polygraph in the asset forfeiture process was presented by retired DEA agent Don Imbordino. The use of polygraph in this process is not common outside the Federal government so the training was well received by the membership. Mr. Imbordino’s years of experience and skill as an instructor brought the topic to life.

Photos from July 2011 Meeting

Posted: July 20, 2011

Photo of Allen Stein and Lifetime Achievement Award

The Georgia Polygraph Association honored retiring member Allan E. Stein with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Allan has been a polygraph examiner since 1967 when he was serving with the Army Criminal Investigation Division. He has directed major loss prevention programs involving polygraph programs and has owned both a private investigations company and a polygraph company. He has also served as an Instructor of the polygraph sciences at the US Army polygraph school, the American International Institute of Polygraph, and the Troy University Polygraph Center. The GPA has been proud to count him among our membership.


Training on the use of countermeasure in polygraph was presented by Steve Duncan. The major categories of countermeasures currently being attempted by examinees were discussed and examples demonstrated through chart analysis. His presentation was both informative and thought provoking.


The Georgia Polygraph Association voted to accept a set of professional standards that includes all standards established for the American Polygraph Association. This establishes the Association standards as a fluid document changing whenever the standards for the APA change. Also included are standards specific to the Association. These are abased on requirements in the State of Georgia.

May 2011 Meeting

Posted: May 18, 2011

Our May meeting was a huge success with 23 members and guests in attendance. A large contingent of the GBI Polygraph Unit (both members and non-members) was welcomed warmly. Non-members were invited to join us and help in our efforts to keep polygraph in Georgia of the highest professional standard. Several dignitaries from Macon came to the meeting including Macon PD Deputy Chief Henderson Carswell, the Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney Greg Winters, and Assistant District Attorney Kim Schwartz.

Training was a fascinating talk by Don Berecz on his experiences as an FBI white collar crime investigator and polygraph examiner. Don retired from the FBI after 23 years of service and now is the Director Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business at Georgia Southern University.

March 2011 Meeting

Posted: March 16, 2011

Douglasville Police Facilities

Our March meeting included a surprise tour of the beautiful new Douglasville Police facilities including a state-of-the-art gun range, training facilities, and gym. We extend a gracious thank you to Lt. Brad Stafford for that tour.

The following members have stepped up to the plate and agreed to serve on our Association committees. We acknowledge their service and appreciate their willingness to give of their time toward the goal of improving our Association and polygraph in Georgia.

Membership: Michael Barnett, Jon Poe

Judiciary: Ken Hosier

Standards: John Horton

January Meeting and Elections

Posted: February 4, 2011

Training on the new Empirical Scoring System, presented by Chuck Slupski, was greatly appreciated by the membership in attendance.


The Association postponed its scheduled January 11th meeting due to the snow storm that blanketed half the state. The meeting was held on January 25th. The members approved a significant set of changes to the Association By-laws and held elections. The past Vice- President, Joel Montezinos, was elected president. Past board member Sara Redmond was elected Vice-President and Marc Perlson was elected Treasurer. Chuck Slupski and Don Imbordino were elected as board members at large. Congratulations to the new officers and board members of the Association and a sincere thank you to the exiting officers and board members for a job well done.

Photos from November Meeting

Posted: December 2, 2010

Congratulations to Nigel Lange and Photos from the September 28th Meeting

Posted: September 29, 2010

The Allatoona meeting was a success. Barbequed ribs with all the trimmings were enjoyed by all the members. Intern member Nigel Lange was awarded Full membership as the result of successfully completing his internship. Congratulations to Nigel!

Photos from Our September 28, 2010 Meeting

Polygraph Information Network Information and Photos from July 13th Meeting

Posted: July 14, 2010

The Association's regular meeting was held on July 13th, 2010 at the American International Institute of Polygraph in Morrow, Ga. Lawson Hagler was the winner of the free John E. Reid and Associates, Inc. training class. Information was presented on the Polygraph Information Network. That information is also posted on this website.

Download Polygraph Information Network Overview PDF

Photos from Our July 13, 2010 Meeting

Bylaws Update and Photos from May 11th Meeting

Posted: May 12, 2010

Bylaws Update Information

Some photos are attached of the training at the May meeting. At this meeting, the membership voted on some needed changes to the bylaws. The change involves affiliate members. The new bylaws will be posted on our website very soon.

Relating to the new changes, please keep in mind that a person does not have to be an examiner to become a member of the GPA. Any person with a legitimate interest in the polygraph profession may apply for affiliate membership. We welcome new members. The application may be downloaded from our web site.

Photos from Our May 11, 2010 Meeting

Contact Information

Postal Address

Georgia Polygraph Association
Attn: Sarah Keane

Atlanta, GA


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