CONDUCTING DEATH & HOMICIDE INVESTIGATIONS

CONDUCTING POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING INVESTIGATIONS

CONDUCTING ROBBERY INVESTIGATIONS

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- Conducting Death & Homicide Investigations -
                                                                                                    
Training Goals and Objectives

The goal of the training program is to acquaint the novice investigator with all facets of death investigation, including the esoteric terminology that is unique to homicide cases.

Attendees will become familiar with the indicators of suspicious death and learn just how equivocal the death scene can be. They will also become confident in assessing the crime scene and determining what type of action should be taken through the prioritization of viable leads.

The course is designed to enable the investigator to immediately interpret what he or she sees, the moment they walk onto the crime scene, and to derive from that knowledge an analytical approach to the investigation. All areas of the investigative process crucial to the successful conclusion of the case will be examined and discussed thoroughly. 

Actual real-life examples will help the investigator become acquainted with forensic concepts not familiar to the beginner, such as lividity, rigor mortis, algor mortis, decomposition, ante mortem and postmortem trauma, etc. There is a heavy emphasis on wound recognition, modes of death, and what to look for at the autopsy.


Training Audience, Format and Content

This course is intended for detectives newly-assigned to homicide duties, experienced death investigators seeking alternate perspectives, or detectives and uniform personnel desirous of entering the field of death investigations. Crime scene technicians, medical examiner/coroner investigators, supervisors, military investigators, criminal analysts, and prosecuting attorneys would also benefit from the training.

The course is designed in 3 day sessions. Instruction is provided through the use of a PowerPoint presentation that makes liberal use of authentic crime  scene photographs. This insures that the topics discussed are portrayed as realistically as possible. Numerous handouts and video tapes are used as instructional aids. 

 

Daily content and course schedule/agenda:

Day One:
  • Manner of Death (Natural, Accidental, Suicide & Homicide)
  • Equivocal Death
  • Infant Death (SIDS & Child Abuse)
  • Death by Poisoning
  • Asphyxiation / Suffocation / Drowning
  • Electrocutions / Lightning Strikes
  • Fire Death
  • Comprehensive Examination of Suicide
  • Autoerotic Death

 

Day Two:

  • Types of Homicide (Murder, Manslaughter, Excusable, Justifiable, etc.)
  • The Homicide Crime Scene (Mincey vs. Arizona, DNA, Blood Spatter, etc.)
  • Establishing the Time of Death (Algor Mortis, Livor Mortis & Rigor Mortis)
  • Identifying the Victim
  • Notifying the Next of Kin
  • The Autopsy
  • Modes of Death (Blunt Force Trauma, Stabbing, Gunshot Wounds, etc.)
  • Dealing With the Media

 

Day Three:

  • Decomposition (Autolysis / Putrefaction, Adipocere & Mummification)
  • Skeletal Remains
  • In-depth Examination of Gunshot Wounds (Contact, Intermediate & Distant)
  • Stabbing / Cutting / Chopping Wounds
  • Strangulation / Asphyxiation (Petechia & Hyoid damage)
  • Pattern Injuries
  • Defensive Wounds
  • The Area Canvass
  • Courtroom Presentation
  • Case Studies

 

Students should be forewarned that the content of this course contains numerous death scene photographs that are highly graphic and intense. Due to the sensitive nature of this material, attendance is restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel, or those directly involved in the criminal justice system.

This course is recognized by various POST / POSTC organizations including: South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Minnesota, Delaware, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, Idaho, and Utah.  IF YOUR STATE IS NOT LISTED CERTIFICATION IS EASILY ACQUIRED AND MAY ONLY REQUIRE SUBMISSION OF THE COURSE LESSON PLAN.

               
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- Conducting Police Officer Involved Shooting Investigations -
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Training Goals and Objectives

There is arguably no single event that can traumatize a police agency more than a police officer involved shooting incident. The criticism and intense scrutiny generated by the media, community activists, the general public, and the criminal justice system itself, can be enormous. Civil judgments resulting from such cases can debilitate a police organization for years, have an adverse effect on employee morale, and hamper agency effectiveness through the erosion of public opinion. It is, therefore, imperative that every police department prepare in earnest for this inevitable eventuality. It is also essential that the investigator charged with the task of leading a police officer involved shooting investigation become as equally prepared.

The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with a basic investigative model that is applicable to all officer involved shootings incidents, regardless of the size of their department. Police officer involved shootings are vastly different from any other type of investigation. The stakes for the shooting officer and his department are so high that it is imperative that the investigation be conducted in a prescribed manner. This course will provide those in attendance with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to handle any deadly force incident.


Training Audience, Format and Content

This course is intended for those investigators who are specifically assigned to the criminal investigation of officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths. It is also appropriate for those detectives or uniform personnel who  may be required to assist in these types of investigations. Crime scene technicians, medical examiner/coroner investigators, supervisors, military investigators, criminal analysts, and prosecuting attorneys would also benefit from the training.

The course is designed in 2 day sessions, but may be extended to 2 or 3 days if requested. Instruction is provided through the use of a PowerPoint presentation that makes liberal use of authentic crime scene photographs. This insures that the topics discussed are portrayed as realistically as possible. Numerous handouts and video tapes are used as instructional aids. 


Daily content and course schedule/agenda:

Day One:
  • Definitions of Deadly Force / Model Use of Force Policies
  • The Use of Force Matrix
  • In-depth Examination of Notable Cases (Amadou Diallo, Russell Weston, Ruby Ridge, etc.)
  • Landmark Court Decisions (Garner v. Tennessee, Graham v. Connor, Garrity v. New Jersey, etc.)
  • Lethal Force Statistics
  • Why Is the Investigation So Important?
  • Who Should Conduct the Investigation?
  • Fait Accompli
  • The Shooting Team Concept
  • The Three Phases of a Lethal Force Investigation
  • Proper Procedures at Police Shootings
  • How to Handle the Shooting Officer
  • The Role Of Internal Affairs
  • The Police Shooting Checklist
  • Interviewing Witnesses and Witness Officers

 

Day Two:

  • The Police Shooting Crime Scene (Mincey vs. Arizona )
  • Perceptual Distortions
  • How Subjects Are Shot in the Back
  • How to Prepare for the Grand Jury or the Inquest
  • Multijurisdictional Investigations
  • In-depth Examination of Gunshot Wounds (Contact, Intermediate & Distant)
  • The Autopsy (Pattern Injuries, Coup / Contra Coup, Surrender wounds, Defensive Wounds, Supported Wounds, etc.)
  • Suicide By Cop
  • In Custody Deaths (SICDS, Cocaine Psychosis, Excited Delirium, etc.)
  • Dealing With the Media
  • Post Shooting (Post Traumatic Stress disorder)
  • Non-Lethal Alternatives to Deadly Force
  • Case Studies

 

Students should be forewarned that the content of this course contains numerous death scene photographs that are highly graphic and intense. Due to the sensitive nature of this material, attendance is restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel, or those directly involved in the criminal justice system.


This course is recognized by various POST / POSTC organizations including: South Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Montana, Minnesota, Delaware, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, Idaho, and Utah.

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE CONTACT THE PUBLIC AGENCY TRAINING COUNCIL AT:  www.HomicideTraining.com

 

 

- Conducting Robbery Investigations --

 

Training Goals and Objectives

 

Robbery Investigations are vastly different than any other type of criminal investigation. Violence or the threat of  violence

is the key ingredient. Most petty criminals shun brutality but the robber revels in it. The average thief or burglarwillavoid confrontation while the robbery suspect relishes it and, many times, craves it. This propensity toward the use ofviolence is what makesrobbers and robbery investigations so unique. Investigators assigned to these types of investigations, therefore, require specialized training.

 

 

The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with the basic investigative tools needed to successfully conducta proper Robbery Investigation. There is heavy emphasis on victim and witness identifications, including how to effectively conduct Show-ups, Photo-Displays, Live (physical) line-ups and in-court IDs.  All aspects of theinvestigative process from beginning to end will be covered.Students are also encouraged to bring any unsolved, complex cases that will be evaluated on the final day of class.

 

 

Training Audience, Format and Content

 

This course is intended for those investigators who are newly assigned to robbery investigations (or seasoned robbery investigators who desire a new perspective). It is also appropriate for those detectives or uniform personnel who may be required to assist in these types of investigations, or who are desirous of becoming robbery detectives themselves. Crimes Against Persons Investigators, crime-scene technicians, general investigators, military investigators, and criminal analysts, would also benefit from the training.

 

The course is conducted in 3 day sessions.  Instruction is provided through the use of a PowerPoint presentation that makes liberal use of authentic crime scene photographs. This insures that the topics discussed are portrayed as realistically as possible. Numerous handouts and videos are used as instructional aids.

 

 

Daily content and course schedule:

 

 

Day 1:

 

  • Types of Robberies
  • UCR Definition of Robbery
  • Managing the Caseload
  • Robbery Statistics and National Trends
  • Old vs. New Investigative Techniques
  • How to Prepare Prior to Responding to the Robbery Crime Scene
  • Arriving on the Crime Scene
  • Securing the Scene
  • Interveiwing Witnesses
  • Interviewing Victims
  • Issuing an Effective BOLO
  • Identifiying / Prioritizing Evidence
  • Surveillance Cameras
  • The Area Canvass

 

 

Day 2:

 

  • The Confidential Informant
  • Property Taken
  • The Show Up
  • The Photo Line Up
  • Where to Obtain Photos for the Line Up
  • The Live (Physical) Line Up
  • Obtaining an Arrest Warrant
  • Obtaining a Search Warrant
  • The Use of Subpoenas
  • The Wanted Subject
  • The Arrested Subject
  • The Subject Interview
  • The Confession
  • DNA Evidence

 

 

Day 3:

 

  • Interacting with the Prosecutor
  • Dealing with the Media
  • Interacting with Federal Agencies
  • Federal Prosecutions / Statutes
  • Computers, Cell Phones, GPS Tracking, etc.
  • Serial Robbers
  • Trial Preperation
  • Report Writing
  • Stake Outs / Surveillances
  • False Robbery Reports
  • Robbery / Homicide Investigations
  • Case Studies

 

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring unsolved, complex robbery cases to this class for discussion and evaluation.

 

TO SIGN UP FOR THIS COURSE GO TO: www.HomicideTraining.com 

OR SIMPLY CALL: (954) 294-2369

 

 

 

 

 

 




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