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Seminar Title:  
The Investigation of Apparent Suicide

DATES:  9/5/2023 through 9/6/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Anita Seamans

LOCATION:  Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy - 1200 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504

HOTEL:  Courtyard Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA  
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Anita Seamans earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Anita also attended the 244thsession of the F.B.I. National Academy. Anita has 39 years of experience as a law enforcement officer/detective.

Anita has been a licensed instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education for 32 years and currently teaches basic and advanced peace officer training at the Alamo Area Council of Governments Law Enforcement Academy. Anita also provides expert testimony for the Kendal County District Attorney’s Office in trials involving offenses against children. Anita is also a national instructor and teaches advanced courses including child abuse and child death investigations and the investigation of suicide, across the United States.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Over the course of the career of most police officers and detectives, the likelihood of being sent to a report of a suicide is much greater than that of most other scenes involving the death of a human being.

The suicide crime scene is one of the most difficult crime scenes to investigate. This crime scene carries with it the temptation to decide of the cause of death as suicide, long before the facts and available evidence can support that determination.

The emotional impact of suicide on the surviving family members and friends makes this scene even more difficult to investigate than some homicide scenes. No one wants to believe that the investigator has reached the wrong conclusion. They believe that the investigation was conducted poorly, incompetently, or unprofessionally.

The detective conducting this crime scene investigation needs to be ready to have his or her work questioned by the surviving family of the victim. A crime scene that has been processed correctly will assist the detective in answering those questions.

This course will assist investigators in recognizing suicide vs. homicide and will provide in-depth case studies to help illustrate the various teaching points.

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