Seminar Title

Online-Responding to the Homicide Scene: Homicide Investigations Begin at the Crime Scene

Dates of Events

07/27/2023 through 07/27/2023

Last Updated: 05/30/2023
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:July 27, 2023
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time)

first officer on the scene of a major case plays a crucial role in the direction of the
The first homicide investigator on scene will be responsible to bring order to the events unfolding, and to ensure the security and direction of the scene and the investigation.

initial scene must be secured, witnesses gathered, notifications made, and initial observations documented; all during what usually proves to be an extremely chaotic atmosphere.

training will detail the initial, fundamental tasks to be performed by the homicide investigator upon arrival at the scene.
Topics include:
• “Why we do What we Do” - Goals and objectives of homicide investigations
• Documenting evidence to be used later to reconstruct events
• Required information to be noted and documented during the initial response
• Initial evaluation and assessment of the scene
• Establishing multiple perimeters
• Taking
the necessary steps to identify and protect evidence at the scene and the surrounding areas
• Identifying and recovering trace evidence
• Identifying the victim’s last apparent activity
• Making necessary notifications
• Important elements/observations to include in your field notes
• Gathering potential witnesses and coordinating interviews of witnesses
• Scene indicators that may be helpful in approximating time of death
• Recommendations for coordinating and executing scene searches
• Recommendations for documenting and collecting certain types of evidence
• Sketching
and measuring the scene in order to reconstruct events and produce powerful court exhibits
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 & 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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