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