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Seminar Title:  
Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction

DATES:  5/4/2021 through 5/6/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Wayne Sheppard

LOCATION:  Drury Inn & Suites Greenville - 10 Carolina Point Parkway, Greenville, SC  29607

HOTEL:  Drury Inn & Suites Greenville - Greenville, SC  864-288-4401
$89 single/double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Wayne Sheppard assists local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in areas such as violent crime analysis, case consultations and investigative assistance as requested by law enforcement in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he provides training in violent crime analysis, crime scene assessments, the design of law enforcement policies and procedures, the development of regional response plans, and other efforts aimed at enhancing an agencyís overall investigative response to violent crime incidents, missing, abducted and exploited children incidents.

He is an international lecturer on behavioral crime scene assessments and murder and rape typologies and has conducted research in the areas of serial homicide and child homicides.

Mr. Sheppard is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police where he held a number of investigative and supervisory positions. Prior to his retirement, he was the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and coordination of psychosexual homicide, serial rape, and other behaviorally based crimes occurring in Pennsylvania, also, the supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit where he provided investigative assistance for law enforcement in missing and sexually exploited children cases, and the Amber Alert Coordinator where he created and implemented the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Program for Pennsylvania.

He has also addressed professionals representing the disciplines of law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and parole, medicine, law, television, radio and academia on a national and international basis.

He is the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally for his support and expertise in violent crime and child exploitation investigations.

Mr. Sheppard is a member of the Vidocq Society, a group comprised of experts from various disciplines across the country that provide pro bono services in the investigation and analysis of unsolved violent crimes occurring in the United States.

He is the past Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association, and past board member of the Attorney Generalís Legal/Medical Advisory Board on Elder Abuse.

Courses Taught:

Death and Homicide Investigation

Response, Search and Recovery of Missing and Abducted Children

Solving Homicides: Investigative Steps to Success

Kinesic and Cognitive Interview Techniques for Street & Road Patrol Officers

Understanding Sexual Deviant Behaviors to Conduct Successful Interviews

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


Course Objectives

Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction involves much more than the scientific testing of evidence. Crime scene investigation involves making certain observations about the scene, properly documenting those observations, and collecting physical evidence from the scene. The physical evidence documented and collected from the scene, will later be used to validate or invalidate testimony or other investigative leads. Physical evidence is powerful; as it is difficult to argue with something that you can physically see.

This course is designed to address the responsibilities of all personnel who will be investigating crime scenes, including first responding patrol officers, case detectives, supervisors, coroners/death scene investigators, and laboratory analysts. Emphasis will be placed on the documentation and collection of physical evidence that will be used to reconstruct events.

Role of Physical Evidence

Evidence from the crime scene may give the investigator information as to who was involved at a scene, what may have occurred at a scene, when an action took place, where it occurred and how it occurred. Scene evidence may provide supportive or non-supportive evidence of a victimís, suspectís or witnessís statement. Information gained through crime scene analysis may allow the investigator to evaluate statements made by victims, suspects and witnesses as to what occurred during a particular incident. A statement from the subject may or may not fit with the overall scene evidence.

Evidence vs Information

Crime scene investigators examine crime scenes in search of physical evidence, which has taken on a context of being affiliated with something that is scientific in nature, such as fingerprints, bullets, bloodstains, or other biological material. Physical evidence however, extends beyond that which is scientific, and the crime scene investigator should be aware of the importance of non-scientific evidence. Various types of physical evidence will be discussed.

Recognizing and properly collecting scientific evidence is obviously important in any crime scene investigation. Information however, can come in many forms and is not necessarily limited to scientific evidence. The available avenues in which to uncover physical evidence, as well as information important to the investigation will be discussed in detail.

Scene Diagrams

The importance of completing accurate diagrams at a given crime scene can not be overstated. A quality scene diagram is used to document the crime scene layout, orientation and interrelationships of structures, objects and evidence. Accurate and sufficient measurements should be taken in order to produce the scene diagram to scale if necessary. Methods for producing quality scene diagrams will be discussed, and will include instruction on obtaining the measurements necessary to produce the diagram to scale.

Use of Forensic Technology

Advancements in forensic technology will be discussed to include equipment and chemical sprays available to detect latent evidence.

Recognition and Documentation of Blood Evidence

Blood evidence can speak volumes regarding the events surrounding an assault or death. Blood evidence should be properly documented and collected to facilitate DNA analysis as well as the interpretation of stains. Proper photography and collection methods will be addressed.

Shooting Scene Reconstruction

There are many aspects to shooting scene reconstruction, however most of the mechanics involved in this type of reconstruction are very straight forward. Attendees will be made aware aware of the dynamics of a bullet being fired, and the flight path of that bullet after it has been discharged from the weapon. Scale diagrams greatly assist in demonstrating bullet trajectories, and will be appropriately applied. Instruction will be given on the identification and collection of evidence that is crucial to reconstructing shooting scenes.

Gunshot wounds may take on different appearances depending on many variables, such as: the distance to the victim from which the bullet was fired, whether the bullet struck an intermediate surface prior to striking the victim, the caliber of the weapon used, etcÖ Detailed photo and illustrative examples will be given in order to properly explain the different types and appearances of gunshot wounds.

Officer Involved Shooting Investigations

There are very few incidents that cause greater impact on a police department than shooting incidents involving officers in the performance of duty. In addition to shooting reconstruction evidence, investigators, supervisors, and patrol officers should also be aware of evidence that may go toward precipitating events, or aggravating factors. Locations, distances, and time, all become vitally important and the significance of each will discussed at length. Specific situations, including shooting at moving vehicles will also be discussed.

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