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Seminar Title:  
Domestic Violence and Homicide Investigations

DATES:  11/15/2021 through 11/17/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Wayne Sheppard

LOCATION:  Macomb Community College Criminal Justice Training Center - 21901 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI  48036

HOTEL:  Staybridge Suites - Detroit-Utica - Utica, MI  586-323-0101
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 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.

Courses Taught:Death and Homicide InvestigationResponse, Search and Recovery of Missing and Abducted ChildrenSolving Homicides: Investigative Steps to SuccessKinesic and Cognitive Interview Techniques for Street & Road Patrol OfficersUnderstanding Sexual Deviant Behaviors to Conduct Successful Interviews

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Course Objectives

Incidents of “Domestic Violence” occurs in every walk of life. Regardless of race, gender, social economic status, etcetera, domestic violence is found in the very fabric of society. The behavior can be isolative or a continuum of abuse. The abuse can be in the form of emotional, physical, sexual, financial, or other forms of abusive behavior. Inherent in domestic violence incidents is the potential for escalation of the abusive behavior resulting in criminal homicide.

Police professionals, tasked with responding to incidents of domestic violence, are at times faced with having to deescalate the incident, to investigating the complexities surrounding the abusive behavior. Those police professionals are directly positioned to break the “cycle of abuse” through those measures that are required to thoroughly investigate these domestic violence incidents.

This course is designed to provide the participants with an in-depth look at the “cause and effect” surrounding domestic violence and homicide and the necessary investigative measures that must be taken to stop the “cycle of abuse” and hold those criminal culpable for violations criminal law. Participants will be provided with strategies to assist them in their investigations of domestic violence. Additionally, participants will be provided key legislation surrounding domestic violence and the additional resources necessary to assist the victims in these abusive situations.

To accomplish the course objectives, the following topics will be covered in this course of instruction:

  • Defining the Issue
  • Type of Domestic Violence
  • Prevalence Rates of Domestic Violence
  • Covid -19 Effects on Domestic Violence
  • Key Legislation Surrounding Domestic Violence
  • Underlying Crimes in Domestic Violence
  • Victimization Issues
  • Identifying Those Who Offend
  • Investigating the “Cause and Effect” of Domestic Violence Escalating Behavior Leading to Homicide
  • Officer Safety Issues in Incidents of Domestic Violence
  • Interview Approaches for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Strategies for Interviewing Offenders of Domestic Violence
  • Masked Criminal Behavior - Removing the Mask
  • Breaking the “Cycle of Violence”
  • Prevention Measures Through a Multidisciplinary Response
  • Identification and Utilization of Resources to Combat Domestic Violence

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