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Detective and New Criminal Investigator

Length of Seminar: 4.5 Days
Instructor: Brian Jarvis and Thomas Tittle

Course Objective:

This course is composed to assist the newly appointed Detective or Patrol Officer conducting investigations] in becoming familiar with the many aspects of a Criminal Investigation. It is designed to assist in providing a solid foundation of basic techniques from which Detectives can build upon as they progress through their careers. Policies and procedures differ from agency to agency and this presentation is a general overview, not to conflict with your department operating guidelines in criminal investigations.

This two and a half day course is a comprehensive INTRODUCTORY LEVEL overview for the law enforcement officer who has recently become assigned the crucial task of conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses. During this course the student will also be exposed to various injury, death, homicide and sexually sensitive and explicit sexual battery cases. Also included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and videotape segments, as well as injury, death and homicide scenes through photos and videotapes from actual closed cases. This part of the course will be VERY GRAPHIC AND INTENSE.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have acquired a comprehensive understanding and will accordingly possess the specialized knowledge and skills, which are needed to conduct a thorough and meticulous investigation concerning suspected criminal activity.

BEGINNING THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

The 10 Most Common Investigative Errors - Defining Crime – Evidence and Crime Scene Issues – Investigative Training Skills Required – The Investigator’s Responsibilities – The Preliminary Inquiry

THE CRIME SCENE

Fourth Amendment Considerations – Judicially Created Exceptions – Search Warrant Requirements – Crime Scene Search & Protection of Area – Thermal Injuries- Blood at the Scene- Dental- 3 Types of Track Evidence- The Importance of Documenting Weather- Blood at Crime Scenes- Hangings vs. Strangulations- Searches- Shaken Baby Syndrome

INJURY & DEATH INVESTIGATION

Overview – Motives for Murder – Classifications of Homicide – Evaluation of Information From The Autopsy – Time of Death Considerations – Wound Information and Evidence – Firearms – Blunt Force Trauma – Incisions – Stabbing – Offender Injuries from Self-Wounding – Suicide Investigations – Autoerotic Asphyxia & “The Choking Game”

SEX CRIMES

The Basic Principles of Deviant Sexual Behavior – Paraphilias – Investigative Strategies for Officers to include; the 4 Types of Rapist, the 3 defenses a rapist will give you, the two “M.O.’s in a sex crime, the two parts of a confession with sex offenders and the three reasons “evidence” is taken from a rape scene

CONDUCTING THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Where Your Investigation Begins – Legal Issues Involving the Investigation – Goals and Objectives of a Successful Investigation – The Importance of the Post-Arrest Investigation – Case Management Strategies – Organization – Checklists - Solvability Factors / Case Filtering – Studies Impacting Criminal Investigations – Sources of Information – Knowing & Utilizing Available Resources – Analytical Tools and the Internet – UCR/NIBRS – Media

INVESTIGATING CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY

Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms of Abuse – The Various Types of Abuse – Investigative Techniques & Resources – Victim and Offender Profile – Financial Abuse Checklist – Methods of Obtaining a Successful Interview with the Elderly Victim or Witness - Building an Evidence Based Prosecution: Build a Stronger Case – Recognize Unusual Evidence – Make the Most Out of Your Crime Scene

DIGITAL EVIDENCE

Importance of Digital Evidence – Types of Digital Evidence – Legal Issues, Judicial Decisions – 4th Amendment Issues – The Search Warrant

CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWS

Introduction to Interviewing – Witness Reliability Issues – Witness Types – Best Practices for Conducting Successful Interviews

CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL SUSPECT INTERROGATIONS

Goals of the Interrogation – Legal Guidelines – 5th & 6th Amendment Considerations – U. S. Supreme Court Decisions – Planning and Documenting the Interrogation – Types of Suspect Interviews and Methods of Obtaining Information

IDENTITY CRIMES

Personal Identifiers – Financial Identifiers – Methods of obtaining personal information – Best practices for reducing identity crime – Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service Roles in ID Crimes

CASE STUDY

#1 – Attempted Bombing in Times Square
#2 – Washington D.C. Snipers
#3 – Florida Serial Homicides; America’s First Female Predatory Serial Killer

 

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