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Street Strategies Homicide Investigation

Street Strategies:

1 Day- Investigating Today’s Street Homicides

This 8 hour course is specifically designed to prepare uniformed police officers, supervisors, detectives, gang and drug investigators to successfully respond, evaluate, secure, and investigate today’s violent street crime related homicides.  Blocks of instruction will include:

 

Handling uncooperative witnesses:   We will discuss a number of effective strategies in handling witnesses in gang and drug related homicides and how to successfully utilize these strategies and procedures when conducting the most difficult of all homicide investigations.  Handling witnesses in these cases are the responsibility of everyone involved.

This block of instruction will also focus on the responsibilities of the first Officer on scene to the most experienced of Detectives.  The instructor will help prepare you to effectively handle this crucial part of the investigation that is often passed from one division to another.

 

Handling homicide scenes in gang and drug war zones: This block of instruction discusses many variables that contribute to the successful response, investigation, and conclusion of street homicides.  The quality of work and experience of the responding Officers and the investigating Detectives are critiqued during these crucial stages of the homicide that stem from the crime scene.  We will also discuss the importance of how each agency should develop clear and separate policies and protocol for all the officers and detectives involved.

  • Types of Gang and Drug Homicide Scenes
  • Homicide Scene Considerations
  • Officer Safety
  • Securing the scene
  • Handling witnesses/Canvassing
  • Identifying and handling evidence
  • Videotaping scenes and crowds

 

 

Police Morale For Supervisors

Presented by: Officer Mike Wasilewski, MSW & Althea Olson, LCSW

Poor employee morale is a serious problem facing law enforcement and one that, if not confronted and corrected, will threaten the mission, productivity, discipline, and even the integrity of a police agency. With stakes so high, it is only natural law enforcement managers make raising employee morale a top priority.

Or is it?

The reality is, many police managers refuse to acknowledge the issues or, if they do, adhere to the belief, “Low morale isn’t our problem! They can fix it themselves,” while perpetuating the culture that breeds it. For most cops, low morale has far less to do with what they see and experience on the street than the impact of politics, policies, and practices inside the station.

This training is for supervisors and managers who want to bring the “best cop” out of each officer, who understand the power and productivity of happy staff, and who want to do more than pay lip service to the heavy responsibility of effective leadership.


Excited Delirium: Awareness, protocol development, investigation, and hands-on practical demonstration


Instructed by Lt. Michael Paulus, Michael Paulus Training, LLC

Course Description:

It’s four o’clock in the morning. The call comes in of a man, no shirt, sweating profusely, and

screaming unintelligibly. Five officers respond and after a few minutes of struggling to get

control of the man, the cuffs are on, but the man is dead.

This scenario has been repeated over and over in this country and around the world.

This full day course will give the attendee an awareness of what Excited Delirium is, what it

looks like, as well as common behavioral cues. There is a section on a possible response protocol

involving various stakeholders that will give the police department and the community a more

appropriate response to “a medical emergency that presents itself as a law enforcement

problem.”

There is an overview of investigative guidelines for the investigation of a Sudden Unexpected In-

Custody Death that appears to be an Excited Delirium incident. Lastly, there is a hands-on

practical section which seeks to show attendees a more effective way of bringing a person in the

throes of Excited Delirium under control. The goal is to reduce the length and intensity of the

struggle for the officers and the agitated subject.

OUTLINE:

Awareness of Excited Delirium, Characteristics of Sudden Unexpected In-Custody Death,

Behavioral Cues, Response Protocol.

Break

Building a multi-disciplinary response to a multi-factorial problem, identifying the stakeholders,

Decisions of each stakeholder, example of Champaign PD’s response protocol with EMS.

Lunch

Hands-on practical application of the Multiple Officer Control Tactic, how to work “smarter- not

harder” when controlling a person with superhuman strength, no sense of pain, and seemingly

unlimited endurance.

Break

Investigation of suspected Excited Delirium Sudden Unexpected In-Custody Deaths, why the

investigation will start out as a Use of Force incident, identifying the necessary medical

indications of a possible Excited Delirium death.

 

EXCITED DELIRIUM: Multiple Officer Control Tactic (MOCT) Train-The- Trainer (8 hour course)


Instructed by Lt. Michael Paulus, Michael Paulus Training, LLC

Course Description:

This course relates to the one-day Awareness, Protocol Development, Investigation, and Hands

On demonstration course by training the student in the concepts, drills, and safety points of the

Multiple Officer Control Tactic (MOCT). The course finishes with each student teaching a

segment to the rest of the class to demonstrate their understanding of the tactic, drills, and safety

points.

This full day course will give the attendee a fuller understanding of the MOCT and how to teach

the tactic to their students. The rationale behind what makes the tactic effective with not only

suspected Excited Delirium subjects and their superhuman strength, seemingly unlimited

endurance, and tolerance for pain. The tactic is also very effective for the active resistive subject.

The various drills are broken down so the trainer can understand how they help the student

understand the MOCT and its application in the field. The safety points are discussed,

demonstrated, and performed to ensure that the training that is down with students afterwards is

conducted as safely as possible.

As a trainer course, students are required to demonstrate their understanding of various

components of the MOCT and other potential participants (i.e. EMS, Fire, etc.) are incorporated

into the response. This will give the trainer the confidence to explain, demonstrate, and practice

the MOCT with their students. A sample lesson plan will be given to each trainer that

successfully completes the training.

OUTLINE:

Introduction of MOCT and its application to suspected Excited Delirium subjects. Principles of

control of limbs versus weight on subject’s back are discussed. Practice of drills and scenarios

started.

Break

Scenarios are completed and breakdown of drills is started. Safety points are identified and ways

to avoid them in the field are discussed and practiced.

Lunch

Continue with drill practice to include third party participants (EMS, Fire, etc.). Students are

given sections of the MOCT to instruct to the rest of the class. Student instruction begins with

debrief by Instructor and the rest of the class.

Break

Finish with student instruction and debrief. Review of sample lesson plan and how it is

applicable to student agency. Course debrief with Instructor.

Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers

 

 

Career & Officer Survival for Dispatchers

 The Dispatchers Guide to Officer Safety & Survival

 from the Other End of the Radio

 

Cops and dispatchers are trying to do essentially the same job from two very different locations and perspectives; we often have separate rules, dissimilar shifts, and frankly, neither one of us truly understands the other, but we’re all trying to serve our community and keep it, and ourselves, safe.  This one-of-a-kind interactive, multi-media training course will give public safety and private security dispatchers the opportunity to truly see, hear and feel what is happening on the street and learn how their actions, instincts and expertise can play a vital role in police officer safety and survival.  We’ll help you understand “cop-speak” and learn how to “expect the unexpected,” all while learning to survive and thrive in the unique communication center atmosphere. This course will also help dispatchers learn to improve their own careers and enhance job satisfaction with proven methods they can utilize immediately.

This course will provide insight on:

  • Helping dispatchers understand officer survival tactics on and off the street
  • Understanding the unique stressors dispatcher face on every tour of duty
  • Applying “Warrior Ethos” to the dispatch function
  • Why “survival” is minimalistic and we must train to WIN!
  • Bringing the “Not Today!”© mindset into the communications center
  • Defining respectful and “tactical” communication techniques
  • Bringing dispatchers and officers together before, during and after a critical incident, and during day-to-day operations
  • How you and your personnel can communicate effectively within your organization…really
  • Helping personnel develop successful leadership skills, regardless of rank or assignment
  • Why dispatchers need to think about their own safety, both on and off duty
  • Helping employees avoid the victim-based mentality that can develop in a high-stress environment and learn to become a true optimist

Over 170 police officers are killed in the line of duty each year; sixty thousand are assaulted, and over sixteen thousand suffer injuries.  A dispatcher can be a police officer’s life-line in a dangerous encounter.  This training will give even the most seasoned dispatcher new insight into their impact on a patrol officer’s daily mission as well as their survival, and will help individual students regain the enthusiasm for their chosen career in public safety.

Courtroom Success

Presented by:  GCD

Website: www.gangcombatdynamics.com

This one day course is specifically designed to prepare police officers and detectives of all ranks for effective and successful courtroom testimony in high profile related cases.  Blocks of instruction will include:

  • Physical considerations for courtroom testimony
  • Mental preparations
  • Case file preparations
  • Reading the Jury
  • Courtroom security during homicides
  • Murder for hire investigations during trial
  • Successful operations in locating and tracking uncooperative  victims
  • Victim and witness preparations
  • Handling Defense attorneys

Advanced Drug Investigation


Presented by: GCD

Website: www.gangcombatdynamics.com

Featuring: Monty Hall

This one day “Advanced” course is specifically designed to assist police officers, detectives, gang and drug investigators, special ops, and undercover agents in successfully conducting drug operations.

 

  •       Today’s most successful drug operations
  •       Today’s drug pipelines and Hispanic Gangs
  •       Advanced street interviews  (Consent Searches)
  •       Successful “Knock and Talks”
  •       Surveillance Operations in high activity areas
  •       Critical tracking operations with Cellular telephones in drug cases
  •       How to successfully deal with your Confidential Informants
  •       Undercover gang operations

            Joint operations with local, state, and federal agencies

Gangs In Schools: Prevention To Investigation


Street Strategies One Day Class~

Gangs in Schools: Prevention to Investigation

This one-day class is for school officials, teachers, police officers, school resource officers, detectives, juvenile detectives, and gang officers.   Learn the tools proven to reduce gang activity and violence in and around grade schools, middle schools, high schools and Universities by gang experts.  Blocks of instructions will include:

  •         Identifying existing problems in your schools
  •         Dealing with school administration
  •         Dealing with uncooperative parents
  •         Gang identification and documentation in schools
  •         Gang recruitment in schools
  •         Student’s rights and Due Process
  •         Gang education and specific training for parents, staff/teachers
  •         Alternative school programs

Gang Identification & Street Interviewing For The Patrol Officer

Gang Identification & Street Interviewing For The Patrol Officer

Presented by: Dom Cappelluti

Website: www.streetstrategies.com

This one-day course is specifically designed to prepare uniformed police officers or tactical street officers to successfully identify street level gang members and then properly conduct successful street interviews.  Blocks of instructions will include:

  •      Proper gang documentation- beyond the gang contact card
  •      Successful street interviewing
  •      Building Probable cause on street stops with gang members
  •      How to successfully work for the “dash cam”
  •      Rapport building
  •      Consent to search
  •      Establishing your suspect’s behavioral “norm” during the GCD “60 second personality evaluation”

Investigating Today’s Street Homicides

This 8 hour course is specifically designed to prepare uniformed police officers, supervisors, detectives, gang and drug investigators to successfully respond, evaluate, secure, and investigate today’s violent street crime related homicides.  Blocks of instruction will include:

 

Handling uncooperative witnesses:   We will discuss a number of effective strategies in handling witnesses in gang and drug related homicides and how to successfully utilize these strategies and procedures when conducting the most difficult of all homicide investigations.  Handling witnesses in these cases are the responsibility of everyone involved.

This block of instruction will also focus on the responsibilities of the first Officer on scene to the most experienced of Detectives.  The instructor will help prepare you to effectively handle this crucial part of the investigation that is often passed from one division to another.

 

Handling homicide scenes in gang and drug war zones: This block of instruction discusses many variables that contribute to the successful response, investigation, and conclusion of street homicides.  The quality of work and experience of the responding Officers and the investigating Detectives are critiqued during these crucial stages of the homicide that stem from the crime scene.  We will also discuss the importance of how each agency should develop clear and separate policies and protocol for all the officers and detectives involved.

  • Types of Gang and Drug Homicide Scenes
  • Homicide Scene Considerations
  • Officer Safety
  • Securing the scene
  • Handling witnesses/Canvassing
  • Identifying and handling evidence
  • Videotaping scenes and crowds