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Homicide Investigation & Crime Scene Management

January 18 @ 8:00 am - January 20 @ 4:00 pm


Homicide Inv and Crime Scene Mgmt

THE INSTRUCTOR for this training course will be investigator David Newman (RET) from the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia. Investigator Newman began his career in law-enforcement in 1984 and retired from Norfolk in late 2008. His experience with the Norfolk P.D. 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 investigated over 2500 cases including an additional 65 homicide investigations and over 500 crime scenes. Investigator Newman received his bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1986 in Criminal Justice and has lectured several hundred hours to law enforcement agencies at all levels 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 has also instructed 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. His expertise in crime scene management through development of standard operating procedures have been adopted by several agencies across the country with great success. Inv. David Newman continues to provide aid in cold cases, 911 analysis and expert courtroom testimony resulting in over 30 years of experience.


*Development of Standard Operating Procedures Regarding the Suspicious Death Scene
*Defining and Explaining the Various Levels of Association that Exist Between the
Homicide Victim and Offender (Pyramid of Association) (Solvability Factors)
*Initial Scene Responsibilities Covering Boundaries, Canvassing (Data Collection) &
Immediate Leads (Sources)
*Proper Crime Scene Protocol as it Relates to Death Investigation & Homicide
*Cold Case Investigation Strategies & Review of Solvability Factors (Case Objectives)
*Cold Case Reviews
*Evaluation of the 911 Call During the Active Phase through Case Reviews
*Sources of Crime Scene Contamination & Prevention (Assessment Accountability)
*Categories of Circumstantial Evidence and Recognition of Contamination
*Victimology and Immediate Lead Indicators (High Vs. Low Risk)
*Medical-Legal Death Investigation (Victim I.D. / Time of Death / Injury Recognition)
*Primary & Secondary Crime Scenes (Proper Definition)
*Crime Scene Sequence Event Determination – Model Employing Scientific Method
*Crime Scene Evaluation (Execution of the Walk-thru)
*Crime Scene Indicators Related to Motive, Manner of Death & Method of Operation
*DNA Review and Touch Evidence (Familial DNA & Phenotyping) (Genealogy)
*Specific Types of Crime Scenes & Related Forensic Disciplines
*Case Review (To Change Each Course)
*Suicide and Equivocal Death Scene Investigation – Analysis of Equivocal Death
*SIDS Review and Infant Homicide Scene

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January 18 @ 8:00 am
January 20 @ 4:00 pm


Topeka Police Department


Topeka Police Regional Training Center
2722 S. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66611 United States
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