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Seminar Title:  
Death And Homicide, Five Day

DATES:  2/26/2018 through 3/2/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Multiple Instructors

LOCATION:  Clermont Arts and Recreation Center - 3700 S. U.S. 27, Clermont, FL  34711

HOTEL:  Hampton Inn and Suites Clermont - Clermont, FL  352-536-6600
$129.00 Single or Double
Identify with Group Code PAT to receive discounted room rate.

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $525.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

David W. Rivers, Sgt.(Retired) Metro-Dade Police Department, Miami, Florida
David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau of the Metro-Dade Police Department after over 27 years of service. He was assigned to the Homicide Bureau for 20 of those 27 plus years. As a lead investigator and supervisor he conducted and assisted in the conducting of several hundred investigations. These include homicides, suicides, accidental and other death investigations. In 1988 David was assigned as the Supervisor of the “Cold Case Squad” which was responsible for the continuing investigation of information received on over 1,800 open homicides dating back to 1951. Additionally, he has consulted on cases in the United States, Canada, Holland and the United Kingdom. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova Southern University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University. David is a charter member and past board of director’s member of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. He is a member of the Florida Homicide Investigator’s Association, a life member of the Homicide Investigators of Texas (H.I.T.) as well as several other state associations. He is a current member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (I.L.E.E.T.A.), International Police Association (I.P.A.), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (A.C.J.S.) and the Police Section of A.C.J.S., American College of Forensic Examiners (A.C.F.E.): Diplomat, Board Certified Forensic Examiner (B.C.F.E.), certified as an expert by the A.C.F.E. in homicide procedures. On September 22, 1987 he achieved “Fellow” status with the A.C.F.E.

Thomas L Martin, Jr
Tom Martin is a sworn crime scene investigator for one of the largest police agencies in the country. He has worked in forensics since 1988 and has supervised the forensic crime scene unit since 1996. Tom has investigated thousands of forensic cases; including, murder, serial and mass murders, police involved shootings, bombings and sexual assaults. Tom’s training and experience encompass several fields of expertise, including: forensic crime scene reconstruction, latent print processing and identification, blood stain pattern analysis, and forensic composite art. He serves as a consultant for The National Institute of Justice and currently sits on the NIJ Technical Working Group for Sensor and Surveillance Technology. Tom is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States including: the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, The National Institute of Justice and the Smithsonian Institute. Tom serves as a faculty member for the National College of District Attorneys and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, (IACP). He has lectured, on several occasions in Washington, D.C., providing presentations to executive officials of the National Institute of Justice and members of the United States Congress. Tom has appeared on several forensic related television shows including: the HBO series “Autopsy”, the Court TV series “Trace Evidence”, has filmed several episodes for the Discovery Channel and has appeared on Court TV as an expert guest analyst. Tom is the author of the Crime Scene Forensics: A Field Guide for the First Responder pocket guide series published by Looseleaf Law.

Sergeant Mike J. Coker (Retired)
Sergeant Coker brings a motivational style of lecture to classes and speaking engagements across the Nation on the topics of Leadership/Supervision and Domestic Violence issues. Mike served as a police officer for 20 years in the Portsmouth, Virginia Police Department. Mike held several supervisory assignments during his tenure: Field Training Officer, Uniform Patrol Supervisor, Homicide and Robbery Squad Commander, Domestic Violence / Sex Crimes Supervisor, School Resource Supervisor, Robbery Task Force Squad Commander, Shift Commander, and Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Mike is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, and the State University Leadership Course at Pamplin College - Sponsored by the Virginia Police Chief's Association in Blacksburg, Virginia. Mike's teaching experience includes: The Polaroid Corporation, United States Postal Service, U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern Mississippi District, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Idaho P.O.S.T., Miami-Dade Police Department, Idaho Governor's Task Force, Suffolk County Long Island, New York, Virginia Juvenile Court Judges, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, TCLEOSE, Academy of Criminal Justice Services, Eastern Virginia Medical School, St. Louis County Police Training Academy, The U.S. Virgin Island Police, the Island of Mai and Hilo Hawaii Police Departments, Col. Henry F. Williams Homicide Seminar hosted by New York State Police, to name a few. Mike is a past Board of Director's member of Help Emergency Response (HER) - a local battered women's shelter in Portsmouth, Virginia.


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Course Objectives

Course Objectives

David W. Rivers will focus on Cold Case Homicides and the Three Phases of Homicide Investigation: Crime Scene, Follow-up, Case and Courtroom Preparation. He will cover various types of death investigations.


Tom Martin will focus on the importance of the Homicide Crime Scene Reconstruction through the use of Blood Pattern Analysis, the application of DNA to Homicide and Death Scene Investigations, and Serial Murder Investigation.


Mike J. Coker will focus on officers and other helping professionals who will be presented with ideas and techniques to assist them in investigating domestic/family homicides. This course of instruction will include spouse and child homicide investigations.

Each day in the U.S., between 5 and 11 women are Killed by a male intimate partner, between 1800 and 4000 per year. In the United States, women are more likely to be killed by their male intimate partners than all other homicide categories combined. The Violence Against Women Act in 1994 was key legislation to curb domestic homicides.

David W. Rivers will focus on Procedural Issues in the Use of Deadly Force, Case Law, Subject and Witness Officer’s Rights, and Garrity Issues.


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