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Seminar Title:  
Gang Expert Testimony: Bringing Gang Investigations Into Court

DATES:  1/23/2020 through 1/24/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Tyler Sutherland

LOCATION:  Public Agency Training Council Training Center - 5235 Decatur Blvd, Indianapolis, IN  46241

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Indianapolis, IN  317-856-6200
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Detective Tyler Sutherland has been a police officer for over 15 years with the Battle Creek Police Department, in Battle Creek MI. He is currently assigned to his police departments Detective Bureau. Before being promoted to Detective, Tyler Sutherland worked as a road patrol officer for five years, and then assigned to the police departmentís Gang Suppression Unit for 8 years. Tyler received his Bachelors Degree from Adrian College, while majoring in criminal justice, and a minor in psychology.

As a member of the Gang Unit and Detective Bureau, Tyler Sutherland has been the lead investigator in a number of gang and violent crime cases involving cell phone investigations, drug investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. These investigations resulted in several hours of courtroom trial experiences, and jury convictions.

While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Detective Sutherland, has been qualified as, and testified as a gang expert, in Federal U.S. District Court, Michigan State Circuit Court, and Michigan State District Court, more than 15 times in in his police career. One of these gang cases was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. The Michigan State Supreme Court placed its first opinion on the record about gang expert testimony in the state of Michigan, as a result of Detective Sutherland's testimony.

In addition, Detective Tyler Sutherland has also been recognized in Michigan State District Court and Circuit Court as an expert in drug trafficking, identifying armed subjects, and cell phone records analyses. Detective Sutherland is a Defensive Tactics Instructor, Firearms Instructor, a Patrol Training Officer, and an adjunct teaching instructor at Kellogg Community College Police Academy. After several hundred hours of training, education, research, and on the job experience, Tyler has developed several Law Enforcement Training Courses related to Officer Safety Tactics, Hybrid Street Gangs, and Courtroom Testimony.

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Course Objectives

Every state has its own gang enhancement statute, but it is sometimes never utilized to prosecute at the state level. The instructors of this course will show you how to take the evidence in your gang case and apply it your state statute of an enhanced gang crime. This course will show how the gang investigatorís stored gang intelligence becomes useful in the court room. There are many steps the gang investigator and the prosecutor must go through to get all the evidence related to the gang case, ready for a courtroom presentation. Many cities struggle over how to classify a small group of violent criminals, that are committing crimes together, but are identifying themselves through a unique self-created street name, rather than a nationally recognized street gang name. The instructors will provide the gang investigator logical, and reasonable explanations to provide to department administration, judges, jurors, prosecutors, and community members, on how and why their local hybrid street gang is just as violent, and dangerous as a nationally recognized gang is in a larger city. At first sight, much of this cross- cultural influence appears confusing to the gang investigator and appears too difficult to prove in a court room presentation to meet certain elements of the gang statue. This class will explain the command structure, membership requirements, and adopted or copied signs and symbols hybrid gangs will create. This will allow the gang investigator to prove to the Judge and Jury, the motive, means, and opportunity the hybrid gang had in order to commit the violent crime they were involved in. This course not only provides step by step examples of how to testify as a gang expert in court but will also provide key elements to start and maintain your own gang investigation unit. Not only does a gang investigation unit focus on locking up the most violent criminals in your city, but a gang unit is also responsible for some of your departmentís most important community relationships with the citizenís it protects. This course will show examples of how police interaction with friends and family members of gang members and their neighborhoods, directly affect the quality of life for both the citizen, and the police officer.

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