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Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction
DATES: 11/14/2023 through 11/16/2023
INSTRUCTOR(S): Wayne Sheppard
LOCATION: Miami Township Public Safety Training Center - 5904 McPicken Drive, Miami Township, OH 45150
HOTEL: Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Milford, OH
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $425.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
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 Children Solving Homicides: Investigative Steps to Success Kinesic and Cognitive Interview Techniques for Street & Road Patrol Officers Understanding Sexual Deviant Behaviors to Conduct Successful Interviews
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Statement of Purpose:
Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction involves much more than simply responding to a crime scene and employing a scientific method to test evidence recovered at the scene. Indeed, Crime Scene Investigation and Reconstruction requires much more. It requires a diphasic investigative approach! This two-prongapproach focuses on “information” and “evidence” to create an all-encompassing investigative effort.
Crime Scene Investigation requires the gathering of “information”, without bias or prejudice. The information, coming from a variety of sources, must be considered by the investigator. The information gatheredwill serve as a basis to establish investigative measures. Those very measures will narrow the investigative focus. The investigative focus will detect why the crime occurred and who committed the crime.
Crime Scene Reconstruction encompasses the proper identification, memorialization, collection, and subsequent testing of “evidence” identified at the crime scene. Subsequently,the evidence will be testified to in an effort to establish a measure of proof in a court of law.
The “information” gathered will serve as a means to independently corroborate and/or refute “evidence” at the crime scene. The “evidence” gathered will serve as a means to independently corroborate and/or refute “information” gathered in the investigation. Simply, it works both ways.
This course is designed to first address the importance of Crime Scene Investigation. The process of gathering of “information” by professionals who will be investigating crime scenes. This process includes information obtained from call intake personnel, responding patrol officers, detectives,supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiners, and coroners. The course will address the roles and areas of responsibility of those various professionals in the “information” gathering process. Moreover, consideration will be given to the rules of evidence involving search and seizure and search warrant applications as part of the information gathering process.
Secondly, the course of instruction will cover Crime Scene Reconstruction. Foundational to violent crime investigations is the correct interpretation of the interactions between the victim and the suspect that comprises the criminal act. The correct analysis of physical evidence created from that interaction can assist crime scene investigators in reconstructing the crime as part of the overall investigative efforts to solve the case. Therefore, course participants will be instructed on the proper identification, memorialization, and collection methods of physical evidence that will be used to reconstruct the events.
Prevailing at violent crime scenes is the presence of blood. Significantly, the blood should be treated as important evidence. An emphasis will be placed upon providing the participant with the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis to reconstruct the sequence of events that gave rise to the bloodshed event at the crime scene. During the instruction, participants will acquire a working knowledge of bloodstain pattern identification, interpretation, documentation, and subsequent dissemination of their bloodstain pattern analysis to other investigative personnel to enhance the overall investigative efforts to reach case resolution. To accomplish this, the participants will analyze interpretive crime scenes, conduct practical exercises, and complete a series of practicums.
Topics Covered in the Crime SceneInvestigation Approach Phase:
Defining Roles and Areas of Responsibility
Dealing with the Rogue Person
Mitigating Institutional Bias
Guarding Against Verification Bias
Behavioral Approach and Application
Law of the Land - Elements of the Offense
Rules of Evidence Involving Search and Seizure
Search Warrant Applications
On-Scene Documentation Methods
Formulation of Investigative Strategies
- Formulation of Interview Strategies
TopicsCovered in the Crime Scene Reconstruction Approach Phase:
Role of Forensic Evidence Units
Unity of Approach Between Criminal Investigators and Forensic Unit Personnel
Evidence Collection Methods
Packaging of Evidence
BloodStain Pattern Analysis
Information verses Evidence
Role of Probative Information and Evidence
- Fruits of Your Labor - Establishing the Burden of Proof