Homicide: The Investigative Challenge
Number: 714
MemberFee: No Fee for MTU 8 Members; $325 Fee for Non-Members
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu

This course will provide the attendee with the skills and competency to conduct complete and thorough homicide investigations with prosecutorial merit. Additionally, the attendee will be provided with the skills to recognize and handle other types of death investigations, bringing them to a successful conclusion.

Day One:

Case study (Homicide, Suicide or Accident?): Through the utilization of an actual case, the attendee will examine, through class participation, the circumstance surrounding the case and make a determination as to how to classify the case.

Cold Case Homicide Investigation: This block of instruction will focus on the homicide investigator's ability to re-open and manage un-resolved cases using a proven 12-step process.

Autoerotic Deaths: The attendee will exam this unique type of accidental death case and be furnished with the tools to recognize and distinguish this type of case from others.
Dealing with the Media: Recent events have increased the fascination by the media of focusing and scrutinizing the handling of homicide investigations. This block of instruction will focus on the investigator's ability to manage and use the media to assist in your investigation.

Next of Kin Notification: One of the most difficult tasks given an officer is to make the next of kin notification. This block will concentrate on procedures for making this type of notification.

Day Two:

Officer Involved Death: This block of instruction will cover a multitude of subjects that are critical to the investigation of a death when officers are involved. You will be provided with the skills and ability to understand these unique circumstances and problems and deal with them in a professional manner.

Three Phases of Homicide Investigation: This final block of instruction will bring all facets of homicide investigation into focus by examining them by phases. The first phase, crime scene, will look at legal issues as well as techniques and definitions. The second phase, follow-up, will examine the "detecting" aspect of cases. Additionally, we will take a brief look at some interview techniques, area canvassing, technology, and ethnic and cultural issues. The final phase, case and courtroom presentation, will examine some suggestions from defense attorneys, judges and prosecutors on how to be a better witness, and how to be better prepared for court.

Day Three:

Non-Vehicular Accidental Deaths: Faced with the possibility of civil suits stemming from product liability and negligence, accidental deaths require thorough and complete investigations and reports. This block of instruction will include industrial as well as home accidents. Additionally, plane crashes and natural disasters will be addressed.

Suicide Investigations: An analysis of the multitude of problems facing the investigator in these types of cases will provide the attendee with the skills and tools to objectively examine these cases.

Unattended Natural Death Investigations: When a person in apparent good health dies, without the benefit of an attending physician, questions arise and families demand answers. This block of instruction will equip the attendee with the answers to these questions by providing them with investigative skills necessary in these types of cases.

*** No Fee for MTU 8 Members (Register with MTU 8 @ 309-268-8430, mtu8training@heartland.edu or www.mtu8.com); $325.00 for all other seats
(Register with Public Agency Training Council online at: www.patc.com)

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