Seminar Title

Online-Documenting the Officer Involved Shooting Scene: The Most Important Things to Document that are not Typically Covered in Training

Dates of Events

04/20/2023 through 04/20/2023

Last Updated: 03/29/2023
Instructor(s): Thomas Martin
Course Registration Fee: $150
Instructor Bio
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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:
Date:April 20, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

There are many training courses that address Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) investigations but few that concentrate on evidence at the scene. Every investigation begins at the scene. For an OIS case, ballistics evidence will obviously be important, but what about the evidence that may be less obvious but equally as important?

involved shooting incidents present dynamics and challenges that differ from other investigations. Officers are forced to make split second decisions under very rapidly evolving circumstances. Evaluating the issue of justification requires specific information to be collected and properly documented.

and documenting these essential elements are not restricted to crime scene personnel. Many levels of law enforcement personnel will respond to the scene of an OIS. Patrol officers who are present at the time of the shooting, or who arrive immediately thereafter. Supervisors who respond to begin the administrative investigation and detectives who respond to commence the criminal investigation.

Among the topics that will be presented:

Understanding Sympathetic Nervous System activation and its affects on OIS
Measuring the scene and preparing diagrams
The importance of scale diagrams in OIS cases
Performing “round counts” - securing the officer’s firearm and documenting the number of rounds fired
Documenting the immediate threat
"Suicide by Cop”
Documenting Aggravating factors
Documenting Precipitating factors
Documenting perspectives; officer, subject and witnesses
Ballistic evidence: bullets and cartridge cases
Evaluating justification
“Quantifying fear”
Documenting witness accounts
Preparing the report

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·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 & CertificatesWithin 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***
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