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OIS Investigations

Course Overview

The use of deadly force and how these cases are investigated have become scrutinized more than ever before. This class offers students a way to assess their agency or team on how they approach these investigations. The instructor uses real case studies in order to facilitate discussion about best practices and national trends. From securing the scene, conducting an un-bias fact finding investigation, collecting and organizing all the case information, to professionally presenting the case, Police Technical has it covered. Students are encouraged to bring laptops that have the Microsoft Office Suite on them in order to participate in this interactive course. 

Day 1

Agency or County Protocol

Is there one? Do you know it? Multi-jurisdictional review? Single Agency Review? Civilian Oversight?

Agency Responsibility

Criminal Investigation, Internal Affairs Process, Parallel Investigation, Command Review

Personnel: Supervisors, Investigators, CSI,

What are proper staffing levels, how to pick investigators, How to choose CSI’s

Team Supervision

Command, First line, DA or State Attorney

Team Activation

Requesting Agency, Dispatch, Team Coordinator’s responsibility

Scene Investigation

public places vs. private places, Search Warrants, Media Responsibility, witness vantage points, distances of witnesses and officers, FARO Scans                                                     

Evidence Collection: Common Sources

Witnesses, Radio Traffic, Other Sources, Parking lot cameras, garage cameras, City video


Identification and interview of witnesses

Cooperative vs. Uncooperative

Written statements, Video, Social Media, debrief of each witness

Involved Officer(s) Interview
Where and When, Miranda Advisement, Counsel for the officer(s), interview questions, Body Camera’s; view prior to interview? Wait for sleep cycles vs not waiting.

Agency Liaison with Team
Setting up meeting locations and interview rooms, supplying basic needs to Officer(s) involved, private locations for officer(s) and attorneys.

Suspect
Criminal History, Family, Associates, Accomplices, Residence.

Autopsy: Who Attends?  Wound paths, wound charts, collection of evidence, Working with pathologist

Criminal Charges
Case Filing for suspect, Case filing for officer if bad shoot, Team vs Agency responsibility

Detective Reports

Written in agency RMS vs. Teams Own Report, including exculpatory evidence, Transcripts


Day 2

Collection of Case Material for case presentation

Introduction to OneNote

Organizing reports, photos, social media, and video. 

Sharing information

Extracting information for electronic files

 

Presentation of OIS cases

Introduction to Power point

Working from a splash screen

Using Time lines

Using Animation