Patrol officers are often the first responders on cases involving physical and sexual violence. The legal complexity of these cases requires special handling from the moment of arrival. This course is designed for officers and investigators with limited experience in handling cases of this nature. It provides a comprehensive examination of sex crimes, death scenes, suicide, and common injuries associated with violence, and addresses 4th Amendment considerations.
Participants will review highly graphic and intense materials from actual incidents, and gain insight to the motives of sexual perpetrators, including sexually violent juveniles. Common aspects of trauma and injury and related evidence will be explored, along with strategies for investigating deviant sexual behavior.
Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
• Immediately secure and assess the crime scene
• Preserve the integrity of crime scene evidence
• Identify the 10 most common investigative pitfalls
• Understand the nature of deviant sexual behavior
• Distinguish between hanging and strangulation
• Identify cases of shaken baby syndrome
• Determine type and probable sources of wounds and other trauma
• Recognize thermal injuries and dental marks
• Assess blood evidence
• Estimate the time of death