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Seminar Title:  
Detective and New Criminal Investigator

DATES:  11/27/2023 through 12/1/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Brian Jarvis, Tom Tittle

LOCATION:  Caldwell Police Department -Community Room - 110 S 5th Ave, Caldwell, ID  83605

HOTEL:  Best Western Plus Caldwell Inn & Suites - Caldwell, ID  
Contact hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $595.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

THOMAS G. TITTLE is a retired Captain with the Marion County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office. Captain Tittle became a member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 1977 and was assigned to the Civil Division. Since then he has held assignments within the following areas: Patrol Division, Street Crimes, Property Crimes, Major Crimes, Training Director, Community Relations, D.A.R.E. Officer, Drug Unit and Communications. Prior to the Juvenile Division, Captain Tittle was in charge of a District Station where he supervised uniformed patrol officers and a district detective. Additionally, he was on the S.W.A.T. for 13 years with his last assignment as a Team Leader. During Captain Tittle’s tenure in investigations, he has investigated numerous major crimes, drug cases and property crimes, including, but not limited to: sexual assaults (children and adults), child abuse, robberies, suicides, death investigations, crimes against persons, and vice cases. Captain Tittle holds an Associate of Arts degree from Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. He has attended numerous courses in Death Investigations, Sex Crimes, DEA School, Sniper school, SWAT courses and Domestic Relations. Captain Tittle is an adjunct instructor at the Central Florida Community’s Criminal Justice Institute where he has instructed firearms, driving, domestic violence, crisis intervention and interviews & interrogations techniques and crimes against the elderly. Captain Tittle has had articles published in; The Florida Police Chief, American Police Beat and Inside School Safety and has self-published six law enforcement training manuals.

BRIAN J. JARVIS is a police professional with over thirty years of experience in law enforcement and investigations who retired in 2008 at the rank of Chief of Police. Chief Jarvis began his law enforcement career in 1978 with the Town of Newburgh (NY) Police Department. Shortly after graduating from the Rockland County Police Academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division. Chief Jarvis later relocated in the State ofFlorida and became a sworn deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office inOcala, FL.

While in Marion County, Chief Jarvis served as a Patrol Deputy, Criminal Investigator, Sergeant and Major Crimes Supervisor. During his time working in Major Crimes, Chief Jarvis was responsible for the investigation and supervision of Major Crime Scenes which include, but are not limited to homicides, sexual assaults, kidnappings, armed robberies, bank robberies, home invasions, car jackings, aircraft crashes, train / pedestrian fatalities,suicides, child abuse and neglect, and officer involved shootings involving death.

In addition to major crimes, Chief Jarvis has been assigned to investigative units that were responsible for the investigation of property crimes, such as auto thefts, larcenies and burglaries, and white-collar crimes, including forgery, fraud, embezzlement, bribery and extortion.

Chief Jarvis returned to the State of New York and assumed the position of Chief of Police for the Town of Chester until his retirement in 2008.

Chief Jarvis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems from the University of Phoenix and attended the Associates of Arts program in Criminal Justice at Central Florida Community College. He has also attended several courses on Major Crime Investigations, including Practical HomicideInvestigation and Sex Crime Investigations offered by the University of North Florida, and Basic and Advanced Computer Crime Investigations offered by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Organized Crime Institute.

Chief Jarvis has also been a member of the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police (IACP), New York State Police Juvenile Officer’s Association, Mid-HudsonCrime Prevention Association, NYS Association of Chiefs’ of Police, Past President of the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County, and a foundingmember of the Orange County Law Enforcement Training Institute. He has also been a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).

Additionally, Chief Jarvis also served as a liaison for the National Institute of Health assisting on a study of the long-term effects of child sexual abuse and worked closely with the Rape Crisis-Spouse Abuse Center in Ocala Florida. He also participated in a four-year project to research police records management systems in North America.

Chief Jarvis is a published author and currently instructs on a national level for Public Agency Training Council (PATC). He is a pilot and volunteers for Angel Flight Southeast. 


Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Thiscourse is a comprehensive INTRODUCTORY LEVEL overview for the law enforcement officer who has recently the crucial task of conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses. During this course the student will also be exposed to various injury, death, homicide and sexually sensitive and explicit sexual battery cases. Also included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and videotape segments, as well as injury, death and homicide scenes through photos and videotapes from actual closed cases. This part of the course will be VERY GRAPHIC AND INTENSE.

Conducting supplemental investigations of suspected criminal offenses requires the assigned law enforcement investigator to possess a high degree of investigative expertise, skills, and the knowledge necessary to bring the case to a successful conclusion. Today, numerous professionals from different disciplines, need to have the tools to conduct professional and thorough investigations. These disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • All law enforcement and support personnel and police laboratory personnel

  • Forensic anthropologists, forensic odontologists, forensic botanists

  • Social services/protective investigators

  • Prosecuting attorneys, agency attorneys

  • Medical and healthcare providers

  • EMT’s,firefighters, paramedics, EMS first responders

  • Medical examiners, coroners, forensic pathologists, medical examiner/coroner investigators

  • School personnel and others that find themselves involved in these investigations in one way or another.


    Therefore, it is imperative that every one of these professionals engage in joint training on a regular basis so EVERY ounce of collective energy can be funneled in thevictim’s direction for a successful resolution. Today, more than ever before,we must work together to ensure that all investigative measures are completed properly.


    Upon successful completion of this course, each student will have acquired a comprehensive understanding and will accordingly possess the specialized knowledge and skills, needed to conduct a thorough and meticulous investigation concerning suspected criminal activity.

Criminal Investigation Overview:

Where Your Investigation Begins – Legal Issues Involving the Investigation – Goals and Objectives of a Successful Investigation – The Importance of the Post-Arrest Investigation


Personal Identifiers – Financial Identifiers – Methods of obtaining personal information – Best practices for reducing identity crime – Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service Roles in ID Crimes


Valueof Digital Evidence – Types of Digital Evidence – Legal Issues, Judicial Decisions – 4th Amendment Issues – The Search Warrant - Social Media- Cell Phones & Towers - Dark Web

ConductingSuccessful Interviews:

Introduction to Interviewing – Witness Reliability Issues – Witness Types – Best Practices for Conducting Successful Interviews

ConductingSuccessful Suspect Interrogations:

Goals of the Interrogation – Legal Guidelines –5th & 6th Amendment Considerations – U. S. SupremeCourt Decisions – Planning and Documenting the Interrogation – Types of Suspect Interviews and Methods of Obtaining Information

MajorCase Investigation Study

Major case considerations - multi-jurisdictional cases - Investigative concerns -Best practices - Culmination of the investigation

The10 Most Common Investigative Pitfalls

Repeated Mistakes/Errors Officers make during investigations - Considerations of scene assessment - Outside resources - 4th Amendment Issues (Search Warrant &Judicial created exceptions

CrimeScene Considerations

The eight purposes of evidence - Three common homicide scene stagings - Search patterns - Thermal injuries - Temperatures for 2nd degree water burns - Bite marks - Track evidence - Weather considerations - Blood at the crime scene -Hangings & Strangulations - Shaken baby - Locard’s Theory - Langer lines -Alternate light sources - Sketching the scene

TheSexually Violent Juvenile & Their Behaviors

Statistics & Studies - Behavioral concerns - Categories of juvenile sexual homicides -Fire setting - Animal Cruelty - Traits of female sex offenders - Child victimizations - Enuresis - Children with disabilities (as victims)

Injury& Death Overview

Motives for murder - Cause, mechanism & manner of death - Homicide classifications- Decedent information & unidentified remains - Time of death estimations -Sharp force trauma - Blunt force trauma - Firearm wounds and injuries - Suicide investigations - Autoerotic deaths - The choking game

InvestigativeStrategies for Sex Crime Investigations

3 approaches a rapist will utilize - 3 defenses a rapist will give law enforcement once accused - 2 types of confessions from sex offenders - 3 behaviors to focus on in a rape case - 4 types of rapists in our society - 3 reasons evidence is taken from a rape scene - 3 reasons a stranger will abduct a child - The eyewitness statement



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