Exploring the Roles of Physical Evidence and Offender Behavior in Solving Crimes

Event attendees receive demonstrations of how investigative techniques, evidence analysis and Crime Assessment help to characterize the offender based on the presence (and absence) of physical evidence.

The attendee will learn behavior based interviewing methods which utilizes the characteristics identified through the evidence analysis and crime assessment. The course also introduces attendees to investigative techniques to use while investigating Equivocal Deaths and Staged Crime Scenes.

Unlike traditional courses, this course encourages attendees to interact with the instructor to gain a greater understanding of the concepts. The course utilizes case studies to better understand these techniques. This hands-on approach helps investigators to leave with the knowledge and tactics required to solve challenging cases more effectively.

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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