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New Detective & Criminal Investigator
Number: 567
MemberFee: No Fee for MTU 8 Members; $450 Fee for all Non-Members
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu
Objectives:

This course is composed to assist the newly appointed detective, or patrol officer conducting investigations, in becoming familiar with the many aspects of a criminal investigation. It is designed to assist in providing a solid foundation of basic techniques from which detectives can build upon as they progress through their careers. Policies and procedures differ from agency to agency and this presentation is a general overview, not to conflict with your department operating guidelines in criminal investigations.
BEGINNING THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
The 10 most common investigative errors - Defining crime – Evidence and crime scene issues – Investigative training skills required – The investigator’s responsibilities – The preliminary inquiry
THE CRIME SCENE
Fourth Amendment considerations – Judicially created exceptions – Search warrant requirements – Crime scene search & protection of area – Thermal injuries- Blood at the scene – Dental - 3 types of track evidence- The importance of documenting weather- Blood at crime scenes- Hangings vs. Strangulations – Searches - Shaken Baby Syndrome
INJURY & DEATH INVESTIGATION
Overview – Motives for murder – Classifications of homicide – Evaluation of information from the autopsy – Time of death considerations – Wound information and evidence – Firearms – Blunt force trauma – Incisions – Stabbing – Offender injuries from self-wounding – Suicide investigations – Autoerotic asphyxia & “The Choking Game”
SEX CRIMES
The basic principles of deviant sexual behavior – Paraphilias – Investigative strategies for officers to include - The 4 types of rapists - The 3 defenses a rapist will give you - The two “M.O.’s in a sex crime - The two parts of a confession with sex offenders - The three reasons “evidence” is taken from a rape scene
CONDUCTING THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
Where Your Investigation Begins – Legal Issues Involving the Investigation – Goals and Objectives of a Successful Investigation – The Importance of the Post-Arrest Investigation – Case Management Strategies – Organization – Checklists - Solvability Factors / Case Filtering – Studies Impacting Criminal Investigations – Sources of Information – Knowing & Utilizing Available Resources – Analytical Tools and the Internet – UCR/NIBRS
DIGITAL EVIDENCE
Importance of digital evidence – Types of digital evidence – Legal issues, judicial decisions – 4th Amendment issues – The search warrant – Methods of collecting digital evidence – Proper examination of digital evidence
IDENTITY CRIMES
Personal identifiers – Financial identifiers – Methods of obtaining personal information – Best practices for reducing identity crime – Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service roles in ID crimes
CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEWS
Introduction to interviewing – Witness reliability issues – Witness types – Best practices for conducting successful interviews
CONDUCTING SUCCESSFUL SUSPECT INTERROGATIONS
Goals of the interrogation – Legal guidelines – 5th & 6th Amendment considerations – U. S. Supreme Court decisions – Planning and documenting the interrogation – Types of suspect interviews and methods of obtaining information
INVESTIGATING CRIMES AGAINST THE ELDERLY
Recognizing the signs & symptoms of abuse – The various types of abuse – Cons, scams, and tricks – Identity crimes – Investigative techniques & resources – Confidence games – 7 deadly scams – Victim and offender profile – Financial abuse checklist – Methods of obtaining a successful interview with the elderly victim or witness - Building an evidence based prosecution: build a stronger case – Recognize unusual evidence – Make the most out of your crime scene
CASE STUDY: Florida serial homicides; America’s first female predatory serial killer
** No Fee for MTU 8 Members
(Register with MTU 8 @ 309-268-8430, mtu8training@heartland.edu or www.mtu8.com)
$450.00 for all other seats
(Register with Public Agency Training Council
online at: www.patc.com)

Instructor & Location Date/Time
09/25/17-
09/29/17
8:00a-5:00p on 9/25-9/28 & 8:00a-12:00p on 9/29/17
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