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Seminar Title:  
Death Investigation for the First Officer or Supervisor on the Scene

DATES:  1/20/2020 through 1/21/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Mark Kollar

LOCATION:  Colleton County Sheriff's Office - 394 Mable T Willis Blvd. , Walterboro, SC  29488

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn Express - Walterboro, SC  
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Mark Kollar currently serves as a special agent supervisor for a state-level criminal investigative agency. In that capacity, he commands the Major Crimes Division, Special Investigations Unit for one-quarter of the state. The special agents he supervises conduct high-profile criminal investigations including: officer-involved shootings, homicides, serial crimes, public official corruption, sexual assaults, and large-scale financial crimes. In his over 25 year law enforcement career, he has served in multiple capacities to include: patrol, narcotics, crime scene, detective bureau, and in various supervisory roles. He has an associate degree from Hocking College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ohio University. Additionally, he is an author who has written several books and is a regular contributor to PoliceOne and other law enforcement publications.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission has awarded Mark the designations of “Master Criminal Investigator” and “Master Evidence Technician” based upon the successful completion of specialized courses of study in those areas. He has additionally received multiple commendations and honors for the cases he has been involved with, including the Ohio Attorney General’s Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award on multiple occasions. He has lectured extensively to audiences from 8 countries in the areas of officer-involved shooting and homicide investigation, public corruption, and other topics such as “Management of Multi-Fatality Crimes Scenes” during a FBI National Academy Associates retrainer.  

  Mark is married with two daughters, both currently in college. He is a licensed private airplane pilot and enjoys alpine mountaineering, running, skiing, and woodworking (primarily making fountain pens). In addition to his primary career, he also owns two small businesses and is in the process of completing his third book.


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Course Objectives

Course Objectives:

The first minutes after a death or officer-involved shooting are crucial and errors at this early phase of an investigation can be the difference between a murder conviction or case going unsolved. Simultaneously establishing control of the scene, avoiding legal mistakes, securing evidence, rendering medical aid, and identifying potential suspects and witnesses are critical to a successful outcome. Additionally, law enforcement careers can be made or broken based upon the actions taken during the chaotic initial response to such high-profile incidents. Regardless of rank or position, crisis leadership skills must also be employed by first responders to ensure tasks are appropriately delegated and nothing is overlooked. Uniform patrol officers, detectives and supervisors will all benefit from the practical, no-nonsense methods presented by examining case studies of actual homicide, suicide, accidental and natural death scenes. This 2-day course will provide step-by-step guidance for those who may potentially respond to a homicide—or the scene of another major incident, such as a mass casualty event, officer-involved shooting, or the aftermath of an active shooter. When seconds count, the key lies in being prepared for such eventualities with a proven action plan that this course provides. Additionally, this course examines the best practices for crime scene procedures; identifying situations that would benefit from bloodstain pattern analysis or shooting reconstruction; next of kin notifications; using the media to your advantage; post-mortem examinations and equivocal death; identifying and preserving critical electronic evidence; interviewing witnesses; and specific considerations for officer-involved shooting investigations. Please note: This course contains graphic material from actual death scenes. Discretion is advised.

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