Mindset Survival: Sikh Temple Massacre 

On August 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin was hit by a detrimental event. Wade Michael Page left 6 dead and three wounded after attacking the Sikh Temple.  To now what is known as the Sikh Temple Massacre this presentation is a full debrief of the Sikh Temple shooting. All aspects of the response will be shown as well as the active shooter response plan utilized. This presentation will go into survival mindset and how to be successful in a deadly force encounter.

Death Investigations

This presentation teaches the types of techniques necessary to develop leads, identify potential suspects, and effectively interview those responsible. The focus of the program is to provide the investigator with various techniques and tools necessary to conduct death investigations. Using actual investigations, this program offers tips and methods to successfully close cases.  Utilizing the latest information and techniques in homicide investigations, this is an ideal program for Homicide Detectives and Investigators, Prosecutors, Major Crime Task Force Members, Evidence Technicians and First Response Teams.

Topics include:

• Legal Aspects - Discussion of Miranda, beating the defense and courtroom

• The Mental State of a Suspect - How it impacts the solvability of a homicide

• Technological in Investigations - How technological advances have expedited the investigative


• Crime Scene - Who should and should not be at the crime scene and role of the first responding


• Dying Declarations and Statements at Scene - Proper way to document and when and if subpoenas are necessary

• How to Handle the Suspect – Non-Confrontational Interviewing Techniques

• How to Handle the Media - Utilization of Press Conferences and Press Releases

• Cause and Manner of Death – Their significance in both the investigation and at trial.

• Death Notifications - Recommends who should make the Death Notification and how to do it

• Utilization of the NamUs Repository

Homicide Through Pharmaceutical Crime

This module will provide attendees with a brief overview of pharmaceutical-related homicides and possible caveats. Pharmaceuticals of concern, sources of medication, medical provider responsibility, and abhorrent behaviors leading to pharmaceutical- related homicide will be defined. Synergistic investigative and prosecutorial skills and practices to attempt curbing the occurrence of these types of deaths will be described. Case studies will be provided.

Emerging DNA Technology as a Forensic Tool

Attendees of this course will be provided with a brief refresher/overview of what DNA is and where it can be found including the types of samples that are amenable to DNA testing. An overview of the DNA analysis process and the types of analysis techniques in use in most forensic laboratories will be presented.  In addition, recent advances in the field of Forensic DNA Analysis - including more sensitive amplification kits, Y-STR kits with rapidly mutating loci, familial DNA searching, forensic genealogy, forensic phenotyping, rapid DNA, and the M-Vac DNA Collection instrument will be discussed.  Finally, attendees will learn how to re-evaluate potential evidence items for analysis in the modern forensic DNA laboratory.

Social Media Homicide Investigations

Social Media is continually evolving and in the world of homicide can be an integral step towards a confession and eventually a successful prosecution. As the rules for social media change, so does the ebb and flow of trending applications and their implications on crime. It is important for detectives to stay on top of the latest tools, tips, and tricks to search and identify patterns. It is also important to know what today’s generation may use to showcase and highlight possible crimes online. From anonymous apps to the latest law enforcement portals, this class will review the latest trends online.

National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System Enhances National Information Sharing as an Investigative Tool

The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program collaborates with the N-DEx Program Office to promote and enhance national information sharing. The FBI’s N-DEx System is a free online tool for sharing, searching, linking, and analyzing information across jurisdictional boundaries.  As an unclassified national strategic investigate information sharing system, providing access to over 750 million searchable records, the N-DEx System enables users to “connect the dots” between data on people, places, and things, which may seem unrelated, in order to link investigations and investigators.

This workshop is designed to provide users with their first look at the N-DEx System. The N-DEx System Overview will highlight effective use of the N-DEx System search, batch search, and subscription capabilities.

In Hot Pursuit of Cold Cases

This block of instruction will introduce various techniques used in conducting cold case homicide investigations.  Although this program addresses unsolved murders, the techniques may be applied to any crime that does not have a statute of limitations.  Science and the world are in a constant state of change and we will learn to apply those changes to cases that have gone cold.

ATF Ballistics: NIBIN 

This presentation will provide an overview of the NIBIN Program and how it can assist in investigations. The NIBIN Program automates ballistics evaluations and provides actionable investigative leads in a timely manner. NIBIN is the only interstate automated ballistic imaging network in operation in the United States and is available to most major population centers in the United States. It will cover the methods in which NIBIN is used, firearms examiners or technicians enter cartridge casing evidence into the Integrated Ballistic Identification System. These images are correlated against the database. Law enforcement can search against evidence from their jurisdiction, neighboring ones, and others across the country. This program is meant to serve as an investigative tool accessible to law enforcement that encourages information sharing and agency cooperation helping the closing of cases.

Overdose or Homicide: Navigating the Challenges of Investigations and Prosecuting Narcotic Related Deaths

“Overdose or Homicide?” highlights the unique challenges encountered when distribution of illegal drugs causes the death of the user.  It is designed to demonstrate to detectives how to obtain the quality of evidence that a prosecutor needs to successfully try a case.  It contains examples of the types of necessary evidence, including medical proof of the cause of death, electronic evidence such as cellular device and tower data to link drug distributors to the scene of the crime, 911 call recordings, scene photographs, collection and testing of any drug paraphernalia, and witness interviews.  Also discussed are possible charging strategies to be utilized, including charging drug distribution along with homicide, and using a conspiracy charge to tie together a drug distribution organization.  Applicable statutes and case law will be discussed, as well as specific case examples and their varying outcomes. This course is designed not only to increase success in solving narcotic related homicides, but to maximize the successful prosecution of those cases in court.