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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR NEW DETECTIVES

 

CHILD INJURY & DEATH INVESTIGATION
CLASS SCHEDULE

by TAYLOR, David.D.,JD

for more information visit: http://www.patc.com

COURSE GOALS and OBJECTIVES

This two-day course is an INTRODUCTORY LEVEL, comprehensive overview of the processes involved in the investigation of injury and deaths involving children, specifically crimes and acts of violence. Also discussed in this course will be specific issues concerning physical and mental abuse, neglect and maltreatment of children. During this course, the student will be exposed to numerous and various injury, death and autopsy scenes through slides and video tapes from actual cases. This course is VERY GRAPHIC AND INTENSE.

Investigating offenses which have been committed against children, whether or not they expose the offender to criminal culpability, requires the assigned investigator to posses a high degree of investigative expertise, skills, and the knowledge necessary to bring the case to a successful conclusion. Today, numerous professionals from different disciplines, i.e., law enforcement, social services, attorneys, medical/health care providers, first responders, school personnel, and others are involved in the investigation of suspected crimes committed against children. It is imperative that every one of these professionals engage in joint training on a regular basis so EVERY ounce of collective energy can be funneled in the victim's direction for a successful resolution.

SETTING YOUR PRIORITIES

"A hundred years from now it will not matter with what rank you retired, how much money you made, or how many cases you worked, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a precious child"

- Author unknown

DAY ONE

0800 - 0830 REGISTRATION
0830 - 0845 COURSE OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES.
INTRODUCTION.
0845 - 0930 PROBLEMS WORKING INVESTIGATIONS WITH CHILD VICTIMS
- Children - Offenders
- Physical evidence - Numerous events
- Investigators - Victim/offender relations
0930 - 1200 CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN - GENERAL CASES
- Typical history - Typical victim
- Typical problems - Typical weapons
- Aging contusions - Child abuse physical findings
- Red Flags - Impact on falsely accused
- Mistaken diagnosis of abuses - Lacerations
- Burns - Burn victims
- Physician's role - Supplemental investigations
1200 - 1300 LUNCH
1300 - 1530 CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN - SYNDROMES
- Battered baby syndrome - Shaken baby syndrome
- Munchausen's syndrome by proxy
1530 - 1700 SUDDEN INFANT DEATH SYNDROME
- Is it SIDS? - External exam
- Internal exam - Diagnostic tests
- Eliminated Causes of death - Statistics
- Risk factors - Maternal risk factors
- Police inquiry - Police conduct
- Investigative concerns - Additional issues
- Reaction of parents - Victim advocate
- Police feelings

DAY TWO

0800 - 0930 CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN - HOMICIDE
- Classifications - Infanticide
- Three possibilities of death - Identity
- Legal questions - Feticide
- Neonaticide - Filicide
- Psychosis - Post Partum Blues
- Post Partum Psychosis - Unusual and Uncommon child homicides
0930 - 1030 CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN - PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE
- Ignoring - Rejecting
- Isolating - Terrorizing
- Ritualistic abuse - Corrupting
- Over-pressuring
1030 - 1200 CHILD INJURY/DEATH INVESTIGATIONS
AN INVESTIGATIVE OVERVIEW
- Primary focus - Family history
- Notifications - Photographs
- Scene investigation - Transporting
- Autopsy processing - Supplemental investigations
1200 - 1300 LUNCH
1300 - 1400 CHILD INJURY/DEATH INVESTIGATIONS
AN INVESTIGATIVE OVERVIEW - CONTINUED
- Overview - Specialized knowledge
- Law enforcement roles - The team investigation
- Police & CPS - Police vs. CPS
- Conflict minimization - Four possibilities in child deaths
 
1400 - 1530 THE ROLE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT IN CHILD INJURY AND DEATH
1530 - 1700 THE ROLE OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IN CHILD DEATHS
- Medical Examiner responsibilities
- Medicolegal evaluation of death
- Data interpretation

DAY THREE

0800 - 1000 LEGAL ISSUES
- Reporting statutes - Torts - Causes of action
- Juvenile/Family Court - Criminal Court
- Procedural rules - Evidentiary rules
- Hearsay - Hearsay exceptions
- Hearsay v Confrontation Clause
- Expert testimony
1000 - 1130 CHILD FATALITY REVIEW
- Death review process - Purpose
- Team members - Objectives
- Child abuse studies - Intervention
- Prevention - Prevention strategies
- Red flags for abuse
1130 - 1200 COURSE EVALUATION & CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION FOR NEW DETECTIVES
COURSE SCHEDULE

by TAYLOR, David.D.,JD

for more information visit: http://www.patc.com

COURSE GOALS and OBJECTIVES

This five-day course is a comprehensive INTRODUCTORY LEVEL overview for the law enforcement officer who has recently become assigned the crucial task of conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses. During this course, the student will also be exposed to various injury, death, homicide, and sexually sensitive and explicit sexual battery cases. Also included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and videotape segments, as well as injury, death and homicide scenes through slides and videotapes from actual closed cases. This part of the course will be VERY GRAPHIC AND INTENSE.

Conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses requires the assigned law enforcement investigator to posses a high degree of investigative expertise, skills, and the knowledge necessary to bring the case to a successful conclusion. Today, numerous professionals from different disciplines, which includes, but are NOT limited to: all law enforcement and support personnel, forensic anthropologists, forensic odontologists, forensic botanists, police laboratory personnel, social service/protective investigators, prosecuting attorneys, agency attorneys, medical/health care providers, EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, EMS first responders, medical examiners, coroners, forensic pathologists, medical examiner/coroner investigators, school personnel, and others find themselves involved in these investigations in one way or another. Therefore, it is imperative that every one of these professionals engage in joint training on a regular basis so EVERY ounce of collective energy can be funneled in the victim's direction for a successful resolution. Today, more than ever before, we ALL must work together to ensure that all investigative measures are completed quickly and correctly.

Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have acquired a comprehensive understanding and will accordingly possess the specialized knowledge and skills, which are needed to conduct a thorough and meticulous investigation concerning suspected criminal activity.

DAY ONE

0800 – 0830 Registration and Sign-In
0830 – 0900 Introduction and course overview 
0900 – 1030 Criminal Investigation 101
11 Shortfalls of a Criminal Investigation - Crimes Impact on Society – Definition of Crime – The Investigation – “Required Skills” – The Investigator – Investigation Structure – Preliminary Inquiry
1030 – 1200 Dealing with the Crime Scene
Initiating a crime Scene Inquiry – Crime Scene Issues – Crime Scene Requirements – Types of Useful Evidence – Crime Scene Search – Evidence Maintenance – Evidence Submission – Sketching the Crime Scene – Photographing the scene – Recording with video
1200 – 1300 LUNCH
1300 – 1700 Physical Evidence
Individual v. Class Characteristics – Soil – track Evidence – Paint – Glass – Fibers – String, Cord and Rope – Fingerprints – Dental Evidence – Hair – Blood – Human Excretions and Secretions – Lipstick – Lip Prints – Firearms – Tool Marks – Questioned Documents

DAY TWO

0800 – 1000 The Interview
Introduction to Interviewing – Reliability issues – hypnosis issues – witness types – The Interviewer – Interview Location – interviewing guidelines – Interview Documentation
1000 – 1200 Reporting and Notes
Preparing Field Notes – Preparing Offense Reports – Drafting Reports – Supplemental Investigations & Reports
1200 – 1300 LUNCH
1300 – 1500 The Supplemental Investigation
Initiating a Supplemental Investigation – Analysis of Crime – Sources of Information – NCIC – Canvassing the Neighborhood – Informants – Surveillance Considerations – Polygraphs – Police Relationships with Victims and Witnesses – Lineups
1500 – 1700 Conducting Interrogations
Interrogation Goals – Legal Requirements – Defining Custody – Defining Interrogation – Why Confessions Occur – The Interrogator – Planning – Documentation – Legal Considerations – Admissibility Issues

DAY THREE

0800 – 1200 Injury and Death Investigations
Overview – The Law – Motives for Murder – Homicide Classifications – Scene Protection – Utilizing Checklists – Medio-Legal Examination – The Autopsy – Decedent Identification – Unidentified Remains – Time of Death Estimations – Evidence From Wounds: Firearm, Blunt Force
1200 – 1300 LUNCH
1300 – 1400 Injury and Death Investigations
Sharp Force – Suicide Investigation – Autoerotic Asphyxia – Psychological Autopsy
1400 – 1500 Sexual Violence
Offense classifications – Typology of Sexual Battery – Defining Sexual Battery – Investigations – Why Victims do Not Report – Evidence Issues – Learning from the mistakes of Others
1500 – 1700 Cases Involving Children
Assault on a Child – Child Sexual Abuse – Sudden Infant Death – Red Flags for False Allegations of Abuse – Divorcing Strategy – Impact on Children from False Allegations

DAY FOUR

0800 – 0930 Robbery Investigation
Overview – Elements – Robbery Classifications – Clearance Rates – Investigative Strategy – Processing the Crime Scene – Educating the Consumer 
0930 – 1100 Property Crimes Investigations: Burglary & Larceny
Overview – Offender Profile – Legal Considerations – Investigative Considerations – Recovery of Stolen Property – Education and Prevention Issues – Credit Card Fraud – Receiving Stolen Property – Retail Theft – Fraud – Telemarketing & Postal Fraud - Confidence Games – Embezzlement and Employee Theft – Baggage Theft - White Collar Crime – Looting of Archaeological Sites – Why Burglars & Thieves Commit Crimes
1100 – 1200 Conveyance Theft
Introduction – Auto Theft – Vehicle Identification – Fraudulent Schemes of Theft – Heavy Equipment & Farm Implement – Vehicle Fire Investigations – Odometer Fraud – Marine Theft – Aircraft and Avionics
1200 – 1300 LUNCH
1300 – 1400 Crimes Involving Computers
Introduction – Computer Crime Investigation
1400 – 1500 Miscellaneous Crime
Agricultural Crime – Timber Theft – Grain Thefts & Fraud – Agrichemical Theft – Livestock & Tack Theft – Livestock Identification – Physical Evidence – Wildlife Crimes – Environmental Crimes
1500 – 1700 Fire Investigation
Causes of Fire Deaths – Injury Categories – Flame Burns – Contact Burns – Radiant Heat Burns – Scalding Burns – Determining Extent of Burn – Degree of Burns – Flash Burns – Fire Deaths – Fire Death Investigation – Establishing Identity – Pugilistic Attitude – Physical Findings – Findings at Autopsy – Child Victims – Motives – Fire and Arson Deaths – Self-Immolation – Spontaneous Combustion – Chemical Burns – Microwave Burns – Electrocution

DAY FIVE

0800 – 0900 Police Media Relationship
The Public Information Officer – Press Release Procedures – News Conferences – Releasing Information – Dealing with Difficult Situations – Develop a Spirit of Cooperation – “Off the Record” conversations – Freedom of Information Act – Emergency Scene Access by Media Personnel – Right of Access: Private Property Issues
0900 – 1000 Rules of Evidence
Introduction – Evidentiary issues – Judicial notice – Types of Trial Evidence – The Hearsay Rule – Evidentiary Privileges – Witnesses
1000 – 1130 Initiating the Formal Prosecution
What Constitutes an Arrest – Arrest v. Detention – Arrest v. Formal Charges – Arrest Procedures – Arrest Warrant – Probable Cause – Bond Considerations – Filing Factor Considerations – Defense Pretrial Motions – Before the Jury is Picked – Additional Considerations – Cross Examination – Becoming the Ultimate Professional
1130 – 1200 Evaluations & Certificate Presentation

for more information visit: http://www.patc.com

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