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Solving Homicides: Investigative Steps to Success

Length of Seminar: 2.5 Days
Instructor: Wayne Sheppard

Course Objective:

Law enforcement agencies investigate sexual and non-sexual homicides, rape and abductions. Over the past three decades, research into violent crime behaviors has proven to be extremely helpful when trying to piece together why individuals fall victim to violent crime.

This interactive course provides the knowledge, tools, and investigative steps necessary to conduct thorough investigations. Participants will receive an overview of research into violent crime behavior and relationships between victim and offender, tools for making crime scene observations and timelines, insight into the role of sexual deviancy and fantasies, strategies for assessing the behavior of offenders and developing profiles, and tools for managing case information. The course also provides familiarity with resolving undetermined and long-term unresolved homicide cases and autoerotic death investigations. Participants will conduct actual case studies and participate in case exercises, reviewing graphic photographs of actual crime scenes, using investigative checklists, and applying investigative techniques.

Upon Completion:
Participants will be able to:

Conduct thorough investigations
Use checklists for developing and documenting detailed information about victims and suspects
Assess crime crimes and formulate investigative, interview, and trial strategies
Accurately document pre-crime, crime, and post-crime actions of victims and suspects
Consider the presence of sexually deviant behavior and sexual fantasies in violent crimes
Determine whether offenders exhibit organized or disorganized behavior
Identify and apply crime scene dynamics, homicidal patterns, and suspect profiles of offenders
Move death investigations from unknown to known causes
Handle autoerotic death investigations
Apply knowledge to resolve long-term unsolved homicides
Use software to manage case information






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