Sherry Black Foundation

Sherry Black Foundation

Our mission is to advocate for victims of violent crime by providing resources that will result in the advancement of homicide investigations.

The National Averages
Are Staggering


of violent crimes are being solved


of sexual assaults are solved


of homicides are solved

What We Do

  • 3-day training on Crime Assessment
  • Interactive approach that can be applied to all violent crimes, both current and cold cases
  • Ability to customize agenda to local needs and interests
  • Inclusive of all criminal justice partners
  • Dedicated time for unsolved case consultation
Case Consultation
  • Families or agencies may submit cases for consultation.
  • Cases are evaluated for solvability factors
  • Experts may provide on-site case review

Course Testimonials

"The Utah Department of Public Safety’s collaboration with Sherry Black 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

"Working with key stakeholders to draft the Investigative Genetic Genealogy (IGG) law passed during Utah's 2023 legislative session was one of the best collaborative efforts I have been part of in my experience at the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services. Representatives from all different points of view worked together to create a law that implements IGG best practices while protecting public privacy rights. I believe that this law and these efforts will have a positive impact on public safety."

Amy Lightfoot - Laboratory Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Utah Department of Public Safety

"The training that is provided to us makes our members more efficient in conducting their duties and when presented with a difficult case the training helps us make the right determinations, hence holding the offender accountable."

Chris Marsh - Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association

"The DPS collaboration with the Sherry Black Foundation is as strong as ever. Together we craft legislation, create unique training opportunities for law enforcement professionals, and promote cutting edge technology in DNA testing to solve cases. "

Jimmy Higgs Deputy Commissioner Utah DPS