Death & Homicide Investigations

Police Officer Involved Shooting Investigations

Gang-Related Murder Investigations

 

Processing Homicide Crime Scenes

 

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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.

               
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- 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
  • Landmark Court Decisions (Garner v. Tennessee, Graham v. Connor, Garrity v. New Jersey, etc.)
  • Lethal Force Statistics
  • Federal intervention in law enforcement agencies including Consent Decrees
  • 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
  • Interviewing Witnesses and Witness Officers
  • The Role Of Internal Affairs
  • The Police Shooting Checklist

 

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
  • Multi-jurisdictional Investigations
  • In-depth Examination of Gunshot Wounds (Contact, Intermediate & Distant)
  • The Autopsy (Pattern Injuries, Coup / Contra Coup, Surrender wounds, Defensive Wounds, Supported Wounds, etc.)
  • Time of Death (as it relates to In-Custody and Arrest-Related Death investigations)
  • Suicide By Cop
  • Post Shooting (Post Traumatic Stress disorder)
  • The Dark Side of Officer Involved Shootings
  • Unfounded Shootings
  • Shooting At Moving Vehicles
  • Shootings of the Mentally Ill
  • Shots Fired...Officer Down (The Officer as a Victim)
  • When Police Officers Commit Murder

Day Three (½ day):

  • In Custody and Arrest- related Deaths (SIDS, Cocaine Psychosis, Excited Delirium)
  • Pepper Spray and Hogtying Deaths
  • Taser associated deaths
  • Media issues in  In-Custody and OIS cases
  • Report  writing and related documentation
  • 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.


 

Gang-Related Murder Investigations-

 

Training Goals and Objectives

 

Gang-Related Murder Investigations are vastly different than any other type of criminal investigation. Violence or the threat of  violence is the key ingredient. Investigators assigned to Gang-Related crimes, therefore, require specialized training.

 

 

The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with the basic investigative tools needed to successfully conduct a proper gang connected investigation. Topics covered will include stabbings, shootings, bludgeonings and robberies. 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 the investigative 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 violent crimes investigations (or seasoned   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 detectives themselves. Robbery Investigators, 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 Violent Crimes
  • UCR Definition of Assault, Battery, Robbery, Attempted Murder and Murder
  • Managing the Caseload
  • Statistics and National Trends
  • Old vs. New Investigative Techniques
  • How to Prepare Prior to Responding to the 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
  • Developing Confidential Informants
  • 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 Criminals
  • Trial Preperation
  • Report Writing
  • Stake Outs / Surveillances
  • False Reports
  • Stabbings / Shootings / Bludgeonings
  • Gang Related Shootings
  • Robbery / Homicide Investigations
  • Case Studies

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring unsolved, complex gang-related homicide cases to this class for discussion and evaluation.

 

 

 

Processing the Homicide Crime Scene
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Training Goals and Objectives

Correctly processing the crime scene is absolutely essential to any Homicide investigation. The techniques used in handling a Homicide Scene are applicable to all crime scenes. The complexities of Homicide cases insures that those completing this course will be skilled in the managment of any type of crime scene.

 

This 3-day course is designed to provide the novice homicide detective, and crime scene investigators with guidelines for processing homicide crime scenes.  Included in this course, will be the management of victims, suspects, and motor vehicles associated with an investigation. This class is tailored to provide the investigator witha fundamental, yet necessary understanding of crime scene processing concepts, theories, protocols, and techniques Training will also include tips on systematic and organized processing methodology that will ensure that all tasks and goals of scene processing are achieved.                 

                                                                                                                          
Course objectives:

 

  • Understand, recognize and preserve, document  physical evidence
  • Become familiar with the forensic and probative value of physical evidence
  • Create and maintain case files suitable for court presentation and trial. 
  • Be able to   properly document a crime scene
  • Develop a processing strategy 
  • Become familiar with crime scene processing  concepts

 

Topics Include, but not limited to:

 

  • Crime Scene Theory
  • Crime Scene Management and Security
  • Understanding physical evidence
  • Evidence recognition
  • Forensic Databases
  • Crime Scene Documentation Measures and Methodology
  • Crime Scene Photography Techniques
  • Crime Scene Videography techniques
  • Note- Taking
  • Sketching/ measuring Techniques
  • Wound/ Injury photography 
  • Proper Evidence Collection/ Packaging
  • Processing and documenting victims and injuries
  • Processing the suspect
  • Processing Motor-vehicles 
  • Autopsy Protocols
  • How to process different types of Homicide Scenes
  • Shootings
  • Stabbings
  • Sex-related crimes
  • Auto-Erotica
  • Asphyxia/ Strangulation
  • Infant Death Syndrome( SIDS and Child Abuse)

 

 

Training Audience, Format and Content

This course is intended for crime scene investigators newly-assigned to homicide duties; however, since the forensic techniques covered will apply to the   processing of all crime scenes (including suicides, shootings, stabbings, batteries, assaults, robberies, burglaries, etc.) all Crime SceneTechnicians and and investigators will benefit from this training.

Instruction is provided through lecture, hand-outs, discussion, power point, and case studies. To conclude, the student will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to a crime scene scenario and group exercise.  

Day One

  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Crime Scene Security
  • Responsibilities of the First Responding Officer
  • Crime Scene Theory
  • Overview of Biological/ Physical Evidence
  • Forensic Databases
  • Evidence Preservation & Packaging

 

Day Two

 

  • Crime Scene documentation
  • Photography techniques
  • Videography Techniques
  • Note-Taking
  • Sketching & Measuring 
  • Processing the Homicide Crime Scene
  • Shooting
  • Stabbings
  • Sex Related
  • Asphyxiation/ Strangulation
  • Infant Deaths
  • Management of Suspects
  • Processing Victims
  • Autopsies
  • Processing Motor Vehicles 

 

Day Three

 

  • Crime Scene Processing,  Sequence & Methodology
  • Crime Scene Scenario & Group Exercises

 

Equipment Needed

Although not designed to be a practical course, it will enable students to demonstrate what they have learned through an interactive/joint crime scene exercise. Attendees do not need to bring any equipment other than writing tools and note paper.

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.

               

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