How is the Polygraph used?

Among the many applications of the polygraph are: police applicant screening, evidentiary polygraphy, criminal asset location, sex offender management, counterintelligence screening, political asylum validation, pre-trial stipulation, counter-narcotics programs, and counter-terrorism programs. The polygraph continues to be a mainstay in criminal investigations, of course, resolving a substantial number of cases every day from behind the scenes. The APA has a body of ethical standards and principles of practice that are required of its members. Self-regulation is part of the APA’s professional model, which assures that its members recognize the rights of the examinee and the interests of the public. For those intending to pursue a career in the polygraph profession, membership in the APA provides a solid foundation for your practice, whether in government, law enforcement or the private sector. Likewise, for those who want to engage the services of a polygraph professional, choosing an examiner who holds APA membership is a wise choice. APA membership is the indicator that a polygraph examiner subscribes to the high ethical ideals of the Association. We encourage visitors to review the Association’s by-laws, code of ethics, and principles of practice, as well as other portions of the website, for a fuller understanding of what APA membership means.