Lead Homicide Investigator

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Monday, October 23, 2017
Ends On: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dekalb Police Department
700 W. Lincoln Highway
Dekalb, IL
Instructor: Wicklander Zulawski
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $470

This course covers the types of techniques necessary to manage investigations of death and homicide cases from initial crime scene examination through autopsy, suspect interviews and successful prosecution.  The program includes an in-depth review of a diverse combination of homicide cases, and provides strategic tactics in the apprehension and prosecution of the offender(s).

This seminar provides the investigator with the tools necessary to conduct death and homicide investigations.  Using actual investigations, participants work through cases from the moment of arrival until its conclusion.  This program offers tips, techniques and methods to successfully close cases.

Discussion topics include talking about the mental state of a suspect and how it impacts the solvability of a homicide, the differences between how homicides were previously investigated and solved, versus today’s investigations and how technological advances have expedited this process.

The course will feature interactive lecture and discussions of actual case histories, videos, statutes and laws specific to Illinois.  

This program meets the 40 hour PA96-111 for a training program for Lead Homicide Investigator training.

Course objectives include:
^ Develop leads, identify potential suspects and effectively interview those responsible.
^ Apply factual analysis to the investigation of the crime scene(s).
^ Uncover patterns, trends and correlation of evidence.
^ Enhance their skills to effectively investigate a wide range of cases including suicide, homicide and accidental deaths.
^ Understand the command and control options of a Lead Homicide Investigator.
^ Recognize and access the internal structure of death and homicide investigation’s strengths and weaknesses.
^ Access the methods of information control and distribution available to the task force and its Lead Investigator.
^ Recognize the critical nature of the first responder’s control of the crime scene.
^ Recognize and evaluate the basic causes of death and the implications associated with them.
^ Recognize the important information contained in the crime scene and subsequent forensic examination of the body; and their implications for the investigator.
^ Analyze the body position and forensic evidence to develop investigative leads.
^ Discuss, analyze and evaluate investigative strategies in and their specific application to death investigations.
^ Learn and evaluate methods for dealing with the media before, during and after a death investigation.    
^ Learn the sources of information available to an investigator making a death inquiry and the contents of each.
^ Evaluate and informant, his/her information, and motive for cooperating in the investigation.
^ Recognize the legal implications of using an informant to develop information in a death investigation.
^ Understand the law on criminal interviews and interrogations and the development of the admission into legally acceptable confession.
^ Effectively incorporate audio/video in accordance with State mandates to record interviews and interrogations of homicide and other capital crime suspects.
^ Establish the ideal room setting to increase interviewer effectiveness.
^ Interpret and evaluate the suspect’s verbal and physical behavior as they relate to truth and deception during interviews and interrogations.
^ Apply factual analysis to the interview/interrogation process.
^ Employ non-accusatory interview techniques to obtain information and deduce the truthfulness of the subject.
^ Understand the structure and limitations of the nine-step approach to interrogation.
^ Understand the proper form and content of a written statement from a homicide suspect.
^ Define the following:  Coroner, Sheriff’s Coroner, Medical Examiner, Pathologist, and Forensic Pathologist (FP).
^ Understand the partnerships between the FP and local law enforcement, Tasks Force agencies, Crime Scene agencies, States Attorney/District Attorney’s Offices.
^ Define the purpose of the death certificate.

Define and articulate the cause of death, manner of death and mechanism of death.
^ Discuss the steps/process of the forensic autopsy.
^ Discuss the role of the FP in evidence collection.
^ Name the considerations of time of death.
^ Name the considerations of identification.
^ Understand the considerations an investigative focus of the forensic autopsy in natural deaths and deaths or homicides associated with drugs, blunt force trauma, sharp force trauma, gunshot wounds, thermal injuries, poisonings, asphyxia, fetal, SIDS and infanticide.
^ Identify the changes after death such as rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis.
^ Articulate the stages of Putrefaction.
^ Recognize the legal implications of a death investigation as they relate to search, seizure, interview, and interrogation.
^ Evaluate and discuss case examples and explore investigative decisions from investigator, prosecutor and defense perspectives.
^ Plan and prepare for testimony with a prosecutor.
^ Discuss the evidence and testimony examining it from a defense and prosecutorial perspective.


This course has been certified by the ILETSB and approved to meet the following mandates:

☒            Civil Rights                                             

☒            Constitutional & Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority

☒            Cultural Competency                             

☒            Human Rights                                        

☒            Law Updates

☒            Lead Homicide Investigator          

☒            Procedural Justice         

☐            Use of Force (must include scenario based/similar training)