Event Detail2018-08-04T15:43:11+00:00
Seminar Title

"Criminal Investigations" Meeting the Challenges for Detectives and New Criminal Investigators

Dates of Events

11/19/2019 through 11/20/2019

Last Updated: 08/12/2019
Instructor(s): Steve Campbell
Location: ILEAS Training Center - 1701 E Main Street, Urbana, IL 61802
Hotel: Comfort Suites, Urbana - 2001 N. Lincoln, Urbana, IL 61801
Course Registration Fee: $275
Instructor Bio
Stephen Campbell began his Law Enforcement career with the Providence Rhode Island Police Department in l982 and retired at the rank of Major, Commander of the Investigative Division in 2008. During his 26 years he worked in numerous bureaus within the department including the Detective Bureau, and developed and commanded the Domestic Violence Unit. He has investigated over 100 homicides and numerous suicides, accidental and natural deaths. In the investigative Division he had oversight of all Major Crimes, Narcotics Bureau, Crime Scene Investigation, and Youth Services.

He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Policing at PERF. He attended the Williams Homicide School, New York State Police. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science Degree from Salve Regina University.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Criminal Investigations
Meeting the Investigative Challenge For
Detectives and New Criminal Investigators

Course Objectives:

This 2-day training will provide the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures when conducting criminal investigations. no matter the type of crime under investigation. Criminal investigations regardless of the investigation you are conducting require the same fundamentals. Applying determination, sound investigative practices, tactics, techniques and procedures will enhance the investigator’s ability to collect evidence in such a way as to ensure its admissibility in future criminal proceedings.

The strongest cases are those built with circumstantial crime scene evidence, eyewitness identifications and statements of admission from defendants. This training will provide the criminal investigator with the understanding and insight into all three.

In any investigation the lead investigator will be charged with the responsibility of the investigation and will ultimately be held accountable for the integrity and success of the completed investigation. Participants will be made aware of the proper methods of ensuring that the scene is properly processed and documented. This documentation includes written reports, photographs, measurements, sketch, and area canvass. Crime scene searches and seizures, the 4th Amendment and related case law will be discussed.
Eyewitness identifications play an important role in our criminal justice system; both by helping officers identify suspects during an investigation and by helping juries determine guilt at trial. It is therefore crucial that the procedures law enforcement officers follow in conducting those identifications ensure the accuracy and reliability of evidence elicited from eyewitnesses. Proper policy and procedures and best practices will be discussed

Distinguishing homicide from other unusual deaths: Police officers are called to investigate approximately 17,000 homicides a year. They are called to twice as many suicides each year. In many cases it may be required that investigators treat a death as a homicide until it has been ruled by a medical examiner or coroner to have been caused by something else. While law enforcement investigators are not expected to develop the same expertise as a pathologist performing an autopsy, it is critical that investigators be able to identify evidence at the scene and later at autopsy which would be an indicator as to the cause, manner and mechanism of death.

The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides, among other things, that no person “…shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…” Thus, the police cannot compel a suspect to give testimonial evidence, which is incriminating, against him or herself. Interviews and interrogations are critical to establishing why a crime was committed and learning firsthand the details. Attendees will be provided an understanding of Interrogation techniques the Fifth and Sixth Amendments and related case law.