Seminar Title

Online-First Officer on Scene: Homicide, Questioned Death and Violent Assault Scenes

Dates of Events

12/16/2021 through 12/16/2021

Last Updated: 11/23/2021
Instructor(s): Thomas Martin
Course Registration Fee: $150
Instructor Bio
Thomas Martin
Tom Martin, Senior Investigator, New York State Police, (retired)
Senior Investigator Tom Martin retired from the New York State Police after a twenty-two year career. Tom began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and spent the majority of his career assigned to a full time crime scene/ major case investigation unit, retiring as the supervisor of that unit.
Upon his retirement, Tom established his forensic consulting company, Crime Scene Forensics, LLC, and provides forensic training and case consultations nationwide. He continues to work regularly in the field of forensic investigations and concentrates on homicide and questioned death scene investigations, bloodstain pattern analysis cases, shooting incident reconstructions and officer involved shooting investigations and reconstructions. Tom regularly provides expert forensic testimony in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Tom has worked with the U.S. State Dept and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, (IACP) in developing and delivering training programs involving evidence based investigations for ranking members of Iraqi police forces.
Tom is a nationally recognized speaker who has been providing training to law enforcement agencies nationwide for over twenty-five years. He is currently a faculty member for the National District Attorneys Association.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Group Viewing Encouraged: Pay 1 Registration Fee
·Multiple attendees can group view the training from one device only and each attendee will receive a certificate.
·ONLY the registered attendee will receive a link to join the training
(Link will be sent 1-2 Days Prior to the Event)
Quiz & Certificates: Within 24 hours after the live broadcast the registered attendee will receive an email with:
·Quiz link that will need to be forwarded to each person in your group so they may print a certificate after completing the quiz.
·30 Days Access of the Recording (this link may be shared with with others in your department)
*** No Refunds After Class Link Has Been Sent***

Date: December 16, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

The first officer on the scene of a major case plays a crucial role in the direction of the
investigation. The initial scene must be secured, witnesses gathered, notifications
made, and initial observations documented; all during what usually proves to be an
extremely chaotic atmosphere. Even in circumstances in which the case will be turned
over to detectives or other specialized units, the first law enforcement personnel on
scene play a critical role in the commencement of a major case investigation.
In many cases, the first responding officer may be required to assume the roles of patrol
officer, crime scene technician, and detective. When so many tasks are required by one
person, the task of major case investigation can become challenging and the first officer
on scene will be required to multitask.
This training will detail the fundamental tasks to be performed by the first officer on the
scene in simple, checklist-format terms in order to maintain focus during the early
stages of a violent crime response. Handouts will include checklists and sample forms
to guide note taking and information gathering during the initial stages of the response.
This training is for any law enforcement personnel who may be the first to arrive at the
scene, including: patrol officers, detectives, supervisors, crime scene technicians and
death scene investigators.

Topics include:
• Goals and objectives of major case investigations
• Information to be noted and documented during the initial response
• Initial evaluation and assessment of the scene
• Securing the scene and establishing the perimeter
• Establishing multiple perimeters
• Taking the necessary steps to identify and protect evidence at the scene and the
surrounding areas
• Identifying and recovering trace evidence
• Making necessary notifications
• Documenting the initial response including the overall condition of the scene
• Gathering potential witnesses and coordinating interviews of witnesses
• Recommendations for coordinating and executing scene searches
• Identifying and documenting information to establish time of death
• Recommendations for documenting and collecting certain types of evidence
• Documenting evidence to determine the offender’s culpability: Was the crime
intentional, accidental, or the result of criminal negligence
• Sketching and measuring the scene in order to reconstruct events and produce
powerful court exhibits

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