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Seminar Title:  
Homicide: The Investigative Challenge

DATES:  10/8/2018 through 10/10/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  David Rivers

LOCATION:  Platte County, MO Resource Center - 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Platte County (Kansas City), MO  64153

HOTEL:  Fairfield Inn & Suites - Kansas City, MO  1-816-464-2424
$119 single/double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 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 member of the Board of Director’s of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. In 2012 he received an Excellence and Life Time Achievement Award from the International Homicide Investigator’s Association for Death Investigation and Training.

Additionally, he is a member of several state homicide investigators 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.; in April of 2010 he was certified as a Force Science Analyst by the Force Science ® Institute Limited.

He is currently the President of Voice & Ink Enterprises, Inc., a Florida Corporation that specializes in law enforcement training and expert witness testimony.  He is a national instructor for the Public Agency Training Council a majority of the time and has instructed law enforcement officers in 46 states and three foreign countries.  He specializes in Homicide Investigation and Officer Involved Shootings.

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Course Objectives

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This two and a half day training module will provide the attendee with the skills and competency to conduct complete and thorough homicide investigations with prosecutorial merit. Additionally, the attendee will be provided with the skills to recognize and handle other types of death investigations, bringing them to a successful conclusion.

Day One:
Case study (Homicide, Suicide or Accident?): Through the utilization of an actual case, the attendee will examine, through class participation, the circumstance surrounding the case and make a determination as to how to classify the case.

Cold Case Homicide Investigation: This block of instruction will focus on the homicide investigator's ability to re-open and manage un-resolved cases using a proven 12-step process.

Autoerotic Deaths: The attendee will exam this unique type of accidental death case and be furnished with the tools to recognize and distinguish this type of case from others.

Dealing with the Media: Recent events have increased the fascination by the media of focusing and scrutinizing the handling of homicide investigations. This block of instruction will focus on the investigator's ability to manage and use the media to assist in your investigation.

Next of Kin Notification: One of the most difficult tasks given an officer is to make the next of kin notification. This block will concentrate on procedures for making this type of notification.

Day Two:
Officer Involved Death: This block of instruction will cover a multitude of subjects that are critical to the investigation of a death when officers are involved. You will be provided with the skills and ability to understand these unique circumstances and problems and deal with them in a professional manner.

Three Phases of Homicide Investigation: This final block of instruction will bring all facets of homicide investigation into focus by examining them by phases. The first phase, crime scene, will look at legal issues as well as techniques and definitions. The second phase, follow-up, will examine the "detecting" aspect of cases. Additionally, we will take a brief look at some interview techniques, area canvassing, technology, and ethnic and cultural issues. The final phase, case and courtroom presentation, will examine some suggestions from defense attorneys, judges and prosecutors on how to be a better witness, and how to be better prepared for court.

Day Three:
Non-Vehicular Accidental Deaths: Faced with the possibility of civil suits stemming from product liability and negligence, accidental deaths require thorough and complete investigations and reports. This block of instruction will include industrial as well as home accidents. Additionally, plane crashes and natural disasters will be addressed.

Suicide Investigations: An analysis of the multitude of problems facing the investigator in these types of cases will provide the attendee with the skills and tools to objectively examine these cases.

Unattended Natural Death Investigations: When a person in apparent good health dies, without the benefit of an attending physician, questions arise and families demand answers. This block of instruction will equip the attendee with the answers to these questions by providing them with investigative skills necessary in these types of cases.

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