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Ross police detective gets OK to attend polygraph examiner course

Tony LaRussa

After nearly two decades in law enforcement, it’s a pretty sure bet that Ross Township Det. Brian Kohlhepp has become a bit of a human lie detector.

And while most cops with his experience are pretty good at spotting a fib, being qualified to administer a polygraph test requires actually knowing how to operate the machinery and read the results.

The Ross Township commissioners on Monday approved a request by the police department for Kohlhepp to attend the basic polygraph examiner course at the Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice in Millersville, Md.

The board voted unanimously to allow Kohlhepp, a 17-year veteran of the department, to attend the course at a cost not to exceed $12,950.

Kohlhepp, who specializes in forensic investigations, was promoted to sergeant in August.

The polygraph examiner course runs from Jan. 7 to March 15.

When he completes the program, Kohlhepp will be the second officer in the department qualified administer the test.

Sgt. William Barrett currently conducts the tests, but he is eligible to retire next year, according to Chief Joseph Ley.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or [email protected] or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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