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Seminar Title:  
Lead Homicide Investigator: MTU 7-PATC

DATES:  11/11/2019 through 11/15/2019

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Multiple Instructors

LOCATION:  Illinois Central College, North Campus - 5407 N University Ave, Poplar Hall Rm #101, Peoria, IL  61614

HOTEL:  Country Inn & Suites - Peoria, IL  1-309-589-0044
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $695.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Wayne Sheppard assists local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in areas such as violent crime analysis, case consultations and investigative assistance as requested by law enforcement in the United States and abroad. Additionally, he provides training in violent crime analysis, crime scene assessments, the design of law enforcement policies and procedures, the development of regional response plans, and other efforts aimed at enhancing an agency’s overall investigative response to violent crime incidents, missing, abducted and exploited children incidents.

He is an international lecturer on behavioral crime scene assessments and murder and rape typologies and has conducted research in the areas of serial homicide and child homicides.

Mr. Sheppard is a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police where he held a number of investigative and supervisory positions. Prior to his retirement, he was the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit, where he was responsible for the investigation and coordination of psychosexual homicide, serial rape, and other behaviorally based crimes occurring in Pennsylvania, also, the supervisor of the Missing Persons Unit where he provided investigative assistance for law enforcement in missing and sexually exploited children cases, and the Amber Alert Coordinator where he created and implemented the Pennsylvania Amber Alert Program for Pennsylvania.

He has also addressed professionals representing the disciplines of law enforcement, corrections, social work, probation and parole, medicine, law, television, radio and academia on a national and international basis.

He is the recipient of numerous awards both nationally and internationally for his support and expertise in violent crime and child exploitation investigations.

Mr. Sheppard is a member of the Vidocq Society, a group comprised of experts from various disciplines across the country that provide pro bono services in the investigation and analysis of unsolved violent crimes occurring in the United States.

He is the past Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, Virginia Homicide Investigators Association, and past board member of the Attorney General’s Legal/Medical Advisory Board on Elder Abuse.

Mark Kollar currently serves as a special agent supervisor for a state-level criminal investigative agency. In that capacity, he commands the Major Crimes Division, Special Investigations Unit for one-quarter of the state. The special agents he supervises conduct high-profile criminal investigations including: officer-involved shootings, homicides, serial crimes, public official corruption, sexual assaults, and large-scale financial crimes. In his over 25 year law enforcement career, he has served in multiple capacities to include: patrol, narcotics, crime scene, detective bureau, and in various supervisory roles. He has an associate degree from Hocking College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Ohio University. Additionally, he is an author who has written several books and is a regular contributor to PoliceOne and other law enforcement publications.

The Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission has awarded Mark the designations of “Master Criminal Investigator” and “Master Evidence Technician” based upon the successful completion of specialized courses of study in those areas. He has additionally received multiple commendations and honors for the cases he has been involved with, including the Ohio Attorney General’s Distinguished Law Enforcement Group Achievement Award on multiple occasions. He has lectured extensively to audiences from 8 countries in the areas of officer-involved shooting and homicide investigation, public corruption, and other topics such as “Management of Multi-Fatality Crimes Scenes” during a FBI National Academy Associates retrainer.  

  Mark is married with two daughters, both currently in college. He is a licensed private airplane pilot and enjoys alpine mountaineering, running, skiing, and woodworking (primarily making fountain pens). In addition to his primary career, he also owns two small businesses and is in the process of completing his third book.

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Course Objectives

Statement of Fact:

As the lead detective investigating the death of a human being, the responsibilities can be quite overwhelming. What should be done, what can be done, done in a manner with error or omissions, and done in a timely manner are burdens placed squarely on the shoulders of that detective. Moreover, attaching to this type of incident are strong human emotions from multiple parties which can lead to chaos and potentially derail the investigative process. Yes, even in the world of multi-disciplinary approach to policing, the “buck stops here” still very much applies to that lead detective.

Course Overview:

In this course of instruction, a multifaceted investigative approach will be provided to establish the investigative framework from which a lead homicide detective will be able to conduct an all-encompassing and most intrusive investigation into the murder of a human being. In order to accomplish this, multiple facets of a homicide investigation will be explored that are foundational to identifying, understanding and holding those persons criminally culpable for the death of another. From the initial response, applying behavioral and forensic examinations at the crime scene, prioritization of investigative measures, interview strategies and the necessary collaboration with a prosecutor in preparation for trail are covered. Additionally, the course will engage the participants in an interactive classroom setting in which actual cases are reviewed and analyzed to augment the lecture and teaching points brought forth. The participants will then put their newly acquired knowledge to the test through the application of course practicums in order to demonstrate their acquired proficiency.
Topics Covered:
  • Multidisciplinary Team Approach
  • Forensic Science and Behavioral Science - Unity of Approach
  • Historical Perspective on Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime
  • Criminal Assessment – Reflective Crime Scenes
  • Application of Victim and Suspect Background Information – Key to Success
  • Utility of Victim and Suspect Checklists
  • Incremental Assessment of Violent Crime Scenes
  • Understanding Those Who Offend - Offender Dichotomies
  • Offender Typologies
  • Formulation of Investigative and Interview Strategies
  • Prosecutorial Considerations
  • Defense Issues
  • Trial Strategies
  • Case Studies
  • Case Practicums
  • Investigative Methodology The “Crime Scene”
  • Scene Processing
  • Physical Evidence / Laboratory Testing
  • Circumstantial Evidence
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Shooting Reconstruction / Trajectory Analysis
  • Investigative Strategies
  • Post-Mortem Examinations
  • Data Analytics
  • Technology in Investigations
  • Digital Evidence / Social Media / Video Recordings
  • Equivocal Deaths
  • Cold Case Considerations
  • Police Involved Deaths
  • Serial / Mass Killers
  • Managing Large Scale Investigations


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