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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.

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

DIGITAL EVIDENCE

Importance of Digital Evidence – Types of Digital Evidence – Legal Issues, Judicial Decisions – 4th Amendment Issues – The Search Warrant – Methods of collecting digital evidence – Proper examination of digital evidence

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

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

INVESTIGATING CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY

Recognizing the Signs & Symptoms of Abuse – The Various Types of Abuse – Cons, Scams, and Tricks – Identity Crimes – Investigative Techniques & Resources – Confidence Games – 7 Deadly Scams – 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

CASE STUDY: Florida Serial Homicides; America’s First Female Predatory Serial Killer

 

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