Crime Scene Assessment

Homicide and Violent Crime Investigation

Exploring the Roles of Evidence and Psychology in Solving Crimes

The Crime Assessment Symposium provides new and veteran investigators with a unique and practical approach to law enforcement training.

Attendees receive demonstrations of how investigative technique and crime assessment helps to characterize the offender type based on the presence (and absence) of physical evidence. The course also introduces investigators to new methods of suspect interviews that are designed to increase the ability to identify the offender type.

Unlike traditional courses, the Crime Assessment Symposium encourages attendees to interact with instructors to gain a greater understanding of the concepts. This hands-on approach helps investigators to leave with the knowledge and tactics required to solve challenging cases more effectively.

Expert Instruction

The Law Enforcement Crime Assessment features instruction from nationally renowned experts Patrick Zirpoli and Richard Walter. With over 50 years of combined experience, they actively consult with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies to solve cold cases by reviewing evidence to establish offender types.

Patrick Zirpoli

Patrick Zirpoli retired as the Supervisor of the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Assessment Unit, where he led many high-profile investigations. He also served as head of the statewide Amber Alert program, where under his command, crime assessment led to the recovery of every missing child. Zirpoli draws upon these experiences to bring top-notch case review techniques to Law Enforcement Crime Assessment.

Richard Walter

Richard Walter served as a prison psychologist in maximum security units for over 23 years, where he conducted over 22,000 interviews and established a systematic approach to characterizing criminal behavior. In 1990 he co-founded the Vidocq Society, where he provided pro-bono assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide for 26 years as they worked to solve their cold case homicides. Proficient in crime assessment and crime scene analysis, Walter’s is a long-standing Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, General Section.


Curriculum Approved by:

Utah DPS

Indiana ILETSB

Illinois Coroners Association

Idaho POST

Attorney General – Indiana

Indianapolis MPD

Indiana LETB

Attorney General – Indiana

Indianapolis MPD

Indiana LETB

Course Testimonial

"The Utah Department of Public Safety’s collaboration with the Sherry Black Education Foundation is a valuable resource that has brought a unique training opportunity to law enforcement professionals in Utah. Thank you to Heidi and Greg Miller for their partnership in providing high quality training for criminal justice professionals."

Commissioner Keith D. Squires, Utah Department of Public Safety