This course will review homicide and major case investigations, homicide statistics and clearance rates, and types of homicides, as well as crime scene preservation. A comprehensive view of homicide investigations, to include protocol, will start at the initial report of the crime and will include pre-planning for the investigation, procedures to follow and problems to avoid in this type of investigation, and media management for investigators. Additional topics will include: the role of the investigator, the three levels of an investigation: initial investigation, follow-up investigation; and the prosecution; locating and identifying additional crime scenes and potential witnesses; investigative resources; and, factors to look for to assist in the determination of the cause of death. Representative case studies will be presented.
The course is designed for all certified law enforcement officers.