The Detective School Module 3 is designed to educate patrol personnel, or newly assigned Detectives, how to document a Crime Scene, how to handle a No Hit Officer Involved Shooting, and how to investigate a High Profile case. We will discuss the most common mistakes at crime scenes and how to avoid them. Transitioning to the role of a Detective, you will be expected and required to know the legality of searching the crime scene, securing the scene, what perishable evidence is involved at the scene(s). You will learn how to handle small crime scenes as well as multi-location crime scenes with hundreds of evidence items. You will learn how to develop an investigative plan, often while the case is evolving. You will learn how to plan for the logistics involved with your specific crime scene to allow your scene to processed correctly and effectively
No Hit Shootings are by nature complicated investigations that require objectivity,tenacity, and knowledge of the law. It should be investigated in the same manner as every other criminal investigation, with all of the resources of your department. As there are undoubtedly several people/units within your department (i.e. your Chief, Internal Affairs, Force Review, Civil Litigation, etc.) that will be reviewing your investigation, you should know your department's policies on No Hit Shootings. You may be tasked with conducting the investigation, but you need to know who is in charge of the investigation, who is allowed to sit in on the interviews of the Officers who discharged their weapons, sworn witnesses and civilian witnesses.
High Profile Cases should be handled with clarity and the understanding that yourrole will change dramatically the moment you are assigned to the case. Your job may be one of a leader, delegating assisting Detectives to assignments which you have decided on a priority basis, within your investigative plan. Your responsibilities will include dealing with the media, your administration, the District Attorney Office, and the hundreds of other people who will want your time regarding this case.
At the conclusion of this class, you should be able to handle any of the following with confidence and clarity of purpose:
- No Hit Officer Involved Shootings Crime Scenes
- The political aspect of No Hit Shootings
- High Profile Cases
- How to be a Leader during a Criminal Investigation
- How to Create an Investigative Plan
- How to properly Document a Crime Scene
- Why your Crime Scene is important is in Court
- Successful and Less than Successful cases will be debriefed