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Cold Case Investigations:
Pursuing Delayed Justice
Hosted by the Southlake Police Department
December 12th - 13th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This two-day seminar is designed to provide investigators with a comprehensive overview of cold case homicide investigations. The instructor will fully explain and evaluate methodology and established protocols for conducting cold case investigations. The instructor will use case studies to highlight lessons learned and best investigative practices. Upon completion of the seminar, investigators will be equipped with the necessary tools to successfully conduct previously unresolved murder investigations. Each student will receive a copy of the book “Delayed Justice – Inside Stories from America’s Best Cold Case Investigators” (2011) by Mary Bransom.

Visit http://www.txfact.com to register.

SOLVING COLD CASE HOMICIDES
Hosted by The University of South Florida
December 4 - 8, 2017

It is estimated that there are more than 240,000 unsolved homicides in the United States since 1980! This course is intended to provide attendees with information that could assist in organizing, investigating, prosecuting, and bringing these cases to a successful resoluton. The seminar will bring together some of the nation’s leading experts in cold case investigation and prosecution. Topics will include how to form and sustain a cold case unit, behavior analysis of the crime scene, and how to conduct interviews in a cold case investigation using DNA and blood patterns, 3D visualization and historic imagery, and prosecution strategies in no-body cases. The Vidocq Society will review your case! As a special feature, members of the world-renowned Vidocq Society will be on hand to review and consult on some of your cold cases. NOTE: To arrange for your case to be reviewed, or for more details about the seminar, contact: Tom McAndrew at thmcandrew@gmail.com or 570-233-3212.

Visit http://www.forensics.usf.edu for more information.

Advanced Training For Cold Case Sex Assault
Hosted by The University of South Florida
December 4 - 7, 2017

This course is designed to provide attendees with the best practices and standards for developing cold case investigative strategies, including case management, cold case review, crime scene interpretation, case linkage, forensic evidence, CODIS hit follow up, interviewing strategies, proper case closure, and court preparation/prosecution. Attendees will participate in a cold case review/table top activity to practically apply the knowledge gained throughout the sessions. The training will also provide critical information on victim impact in and how to develop strategies to provide support for survivors. The Vidocq Society will review your case! As a special feature, members of the world-renowned Vidocq Society will be on hand to review and consult on some of your cold cases. NOTE: To arrange for your case to be reviewed, or for more details about the seminar, contact: Tom McAndrew at thmcandrew@gmail.com or 570-233-3212.

Visit http://www.forensics.usf.edu for more information.

Latent Fingerprint Comparison: Advanced Level
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Denton Police Department
November 13th to 17th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This course provides an extensive practical application of Friction Ridge Comparisons using both fingerprints and palm prints. Instruction also encompasses the scientific methodologies of examinations on friction ridge impressions as well as the scientific basis for friction ridge identification (individualization). Students will be trained in the presentation of expert testimony as well as courtroom demeanor. The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court presentations.

Visit http://www.txfact.com to register.

Sexual Assault Investigation:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
November 14th - 16th, 8AM — 5PM

This program is taught from a practitioner’s point of view. It benefits the investigator or patrol officer assigned to investigate sexual assault cases from initial report to completion. Techniques to resolve these cases in a way that will give the best chance of successful prosecution for the guilty and to protect the rights of the innocently accused are stressed. A “holistic” approach to the resolution of adult and child sexual assault cases making use of stakeholders and using common sense tactics as resources to find the truth is taught. Tactics for resolving sex cases with delayed outcries through interview of victims/witnesses and interrogation of suspects will be demonstrated to the attendees.

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Palm Print Recognition & Identification
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Denton Police Department
December 11th - 13th, 8AM — 5PM

This course is for criminal justice personnel, officers and laboratory technicians who work with friction ridge evidence. A basic knowledge of fingerprint recognition and identification is required. No previous experience working with palm prints is necessary. The objective is to train the student in the recognition and identification of the friction ridge detail present on the palms. NOTE: The student must have completed a Basic Fingerprint Identification class prior to attending this program.

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Officer–Involved Shooting Investigations:
Protocols & Procedures
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
December 15th, 8AM — 5PM

The purpose of this course is to teach the procedures and investigative techniques that are necessary for conducting a thorough investigation into an officer involved shooting. This includes the criminal aspect of the investigation conducted by investigators, as well as the administrative investigation conducted by Internal Affairs investigators. These are two separate, but necessary investigations and each has its unique characteristics, requirements, and limitations. This course will provide instruction on how to begin an officer involved shooting call out by gathering information, making assignments, and notifications. It will provide instruction on how to conduct on-scene responsibilities and how to effectively cooperate with all investigative agencies, such as the District Attorney, Police Integrity Division and the Medical Examiner's Office. The course is designed to provide an understanding of both the criminal and internal aspects of an officer involved shooting.

Visit http://www.txfact.com to register.