Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
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St.Paul Police-Richard Rowan Training Facility 
600 Lafayette Rd North
St. Paul, MN 55130

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Sergeant Liam Duggan 
St Paul Police Department's Professional Development Institute 

Patrol Response to the Suspicious Death and Homicide Scene 

The St. Paul Police Professional Development Institute is proud to sponsor, "Patrol Response to the Suspicious Death and Homicide Scene."


Course objective is to train the patrol supervisor, officer and other first responders how to approach and manage a homicide or suspicious death scene prior to the arrival of scene investigators. This level of management is called assessment and many times most mistakes are made during this phase. Many patrol officers lack the training, experience and basic understanding of managing the scene of a homicide and avoiding too much traffic and cross contamination awareness, while at the same time establishing safe boundaries that will encompass all of the circumstantial evidence. Crime scene management begins with the arrival of the first officer on scene and continues through both scene and homicide investigators. We all have certain responsibilities at various levels of a homicide investigation as it applies to the scene. The most important and often overlooked are the responsibilities of patrol. Know what to do before critical errors and possibly the loss of vital evidence takes place. It’s always been a simple rule in homicide investigation; how the initial scene is handled by patrol has a profound effect on the entire investigation.

This one-day class is designed to benefit those in patrol so they may understand what role they play not only in the initial securing of a homicide scene, but also provides them with a good understanding of circumstantial evidence recognition, preservation and documentation. Because patrol officers cannot often have days off for training resulting from manpower restrictions, this course has been condensed to 8 hours to make it easier for them to attend.

Instructed By: The instructor for this course is Inv. David Newman (Ret.) from the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia. Investigator Newman is a 23-year veteran of the Norfolk P.D. formerly assigned to the forensic / homicide unit. His experience in Norfolk includes over 15 years in the bureau serving in homicide & forensics and involvement in over 500 death investigations and high-profile homicides. While serving in forensics he has handled over 2300 cases including an additional 65 homicides.  Investigator Newman received his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1986 in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. He has lectured over 3000 hours to law enforcement agencies across the country on the topic of homicide investigation and its related forensic applications. His courses have been taught in conjunction with the Virginia State Division of Forensic Science and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Investigator Newman also instructs basic and advanced forensics at Thomas Nelson College in Virginia, equivocal death scenes at the Virginia State Division of Forensic Science and is a qualified expert in death investigation and its related forensic fields. He has provided hundreds of hours of expert testimony in criminal court proceedings and is a nationally recognized speaker and authority on this subject.


COST:  $125.00 per person

MN POST credits: 7

ALL registration and billing is handled by the instructor. 

To register online, go to www.insidethetape.com and click on the St Paul course on the calendar page.

You can download the registration form here and fax or email it.

Questions, email insidethetape@cox.net