Basic Homicide Investigation
Course Description: This course is designed for the newly promoted crime Trooper, Supervisor, and Commanding Officer assigned to a criminal investigation unit within the Department who have not previously attended this training. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework of general instruction and guidance in homicide investigations through classroom instruction. The week-long training will walk members through the various stages of a homicide investigation. Topics included: initial response to the scene, crime scene management, the use of various resources provided by the Department. Units include: The Criminal Investigation Assessment Unit (CIA), Polygraph Unit, Forensic Service Unit, Computer Crimes Unit, BESO, and the Pennsylvania State police Crime lab. Other topics discussed include, application of search warrants/court orders, prosecution of homicides, Forensic Pathology. The training will culminate with a case study to assist with the practical application of the above listed resources. The course will provide competent instruction, education, and direction for structured, responsible investigations.
Instructional Hours: 5 Days/30 Hours
Instructional Objectives: At the end of this course of instruction, the student will be able to:
Apply sound investigative practices, procedures, and techniques.
Properly manage and document a crime scene.
Collect evidence in a way that ensures its admissibility in court proceedings.
Work more effectively with the prosecution team.
Identify available investigative resources within and outside of your agency.
Understand the importance of physical evidence.
Understand the resources and capabilities of Pennsylvania State Police Crime Laboratory System.
Understand legal aspects of physical evidence in court.
Know the importance of the Computer Crime Evidence (Computer Crimes Unit).
Criminal Investigation Assessment (CIA Unit/PSP Criminal Investigation Division).
Make application for search warrants and court orders.
Successfully prosecute homicide investigations.
Have a better understanding of Forensic Pathology.
Course Completion Requirements: Attendance and pass a knowledge check as well as participate in all practical exercises and the case study utilizing the available resources.
Audience: PSP Enlisted
MPOETC CLEE Hours: 30 - CLEE ID# CLE01086
Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.
Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.
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