Police from the area and throughout West Virginia are polishing their interviewing skills this week.
A three-day seminar on interviewing and interrogation, hosted by Parkersburg's police department, began Tuesday morning. It shows officers and detectives how to successfully investigate crimes, without being too confrontational.
"You want to treat me with respect and decency, I'm more likely to be that way with you. The whole concept of getting someone to admit their guilt is using sound reasoning and understanding without the use of threats or promises," says Bill Schreiber, a law enforcement expert.
Parkersburg is the only West Virginia city this year hosting the seminar, which has been held in cities across the country for nearly 30 years.