Homicides are one of the most important areas law enforcement deals with, leaving behind families that seek answers, victims in need of justice, and a suspect who must answer for his or her crime.
This course provides a practical approach to every facet involved with responding to homicides and other death scenes, beginning with the duties and responsibilities of the first responders and investigators. It will explore proper documentation, how to distinguish the cause and manner of death and distinguish homicides from other deaths, gather evidence and other information, deal with the media and the public, avoid legal problems, and work effectively with the prosecution team.
Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
• Describe the duties and responsibilities of the first responders
• Preserve, process, and document the scene
• Identify evidence that indicates the cause and manner of death
• Learn more about the victim
• Interview witnesses, friends, and family members
• Consider the many potential sources of evidence
• Deal with media
• Balance the public’s right to know with the suspect’s 6th amendment rights
• Explain how to collect evidence that is admissible.
• Identify and access resources from outside investigative agencies
• Explain the importance of cold cases
• Work more effectively with the prosecution team
• Understand the detective’s role in victim advocacy