Event Detail-22021-01-08T13:43:13-05:00
Seminar Title

Death Investigation for the First Officer and/or Supervisor on the Scene

Dates of Events

01/21/2021 through 01/22/2021

Last Updated: 01/23/2021
Instructor(s): David Rivers
Location: APOSTC - 15950 Mosley Road, Stapleton, AL 36578
Hotel: Hampton Inn Mobile- East Bay/Daphne - 29451 US Highway 98, Daphne, AL 36526
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
David W. Rivers, Sgt. (Retired)
Metro-Dade Police Department
Miami, Florida

David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau of the Metro-Dade Police Department after 27 years of service. David was assigned to the Homicide Bureau for 20 of those 27 years, 4 years as a Detective and 16 years as a supervisor. In those capacities, he conducted and assisted in several hundred death investigations including homicides, suicides, non-vehicular accidental deaths and numerous officer involved shootings. On April 11, 1986 he was assigned as the supervisor of the F.B.I. Shooting in Miami which, to date, is still the largest shootout in the Bureau’s history. In 1988 he was assigned as the supervisor of the “Cold Case Squad” which was responsible for continuing investigation of information received on over 1,800 open homicides dating back to 1951. Additionally, he has consulted on cases in Canada, Holland, United Kingdom, as well as the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.

David is a Charter Member and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. In 2012, he received an Excellence and Life Time Achievement Award from the I.H.I.A. for death investigation and training. Additionally, he is a member of several state homicide investigators associations. He is a current member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association. (I.L.E.E.T.A.), International Police Association (I.P.A.) Region 43, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (A.C.J.S.) and the Police Section of A.C.J.S. In April of 2010, he was certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science ® Institute Limited. He again attended the certification course in 2017 (as a refresher).

He is currently the President of Voice & Ink Enterprises, Inc., a Florida Corporation that specializes in law enforcement training and expert witness testimony. David has been teaching law enforcement officers since 1981 and is currently an instructor for the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. He has instructed law enforcement officers in 48 states and 3 foreign countries. He specializes in Homicide Investigations and Officer Involved Shootings.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:

Course Overview:
Miranda and Other Initial Problems on Death Scenes: Observation, Documentation, Miranda Issues and how to handle the presence of a subject on the scene, with and without a dedicated investigator.
Natural Death Investigation: Why an Autopsy? Sudden unattended natural death defined, what to do on the scene, interviewing relatives, checking medications, physical activity and other activities just prior to the death, personal history, cultural and religious issues and other unique types of natural deaths will be discussed.
Notification of the Next of Kin: Suggestions for the proper and timely notification of next of kin will be discussed, as well as, location of the notification.
Case Studies
Suicide Investigation: In this module the attendee will be provided with skills to objectively examine potential suicide cases. The breadth of the problem will also be examined, as well as, the first issues to face the uniform officers. Suicide methods, written and unwritten suicide notes, location and types of trauma will be covered. Motivation surrounding suicides, family concerns, insurance issues and civil issues will be discussed.
Non-Vehicular Accidental Deaths: Included in this section natural disasters, plane crashes, auto-erotic deaths and other non-vehicular accidental deaths, the peculiarities and problems related to delayed investigations and other unique issues will be covered.
Officer Involved Shootings and Other in Custody Deaths: These High Profile Types of Deaths, Case Law, Subject and Witness Officer’s Rights and Garrity issues will be addressed at length.
There will be additional discussions regarding new trends and Information relevant to Officer Shootings, Court Testimony and other current subject matter

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