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Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

Advanced Search and Seizure

Length: 8 hours

Advanced Search and Seizure is a comprehensive, blended-learning, one-day course focusing on Constitutional concepts related to the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments of the United States Constitution. Through the use of scenario-based training, participants will explore the limitations and framework of these amendments utilizing up-to-date case law from the United States Supreme Court along with various persuasive or compelling rulings from federal circuits around the United States. Participants will learn and understand procedures involving various legal principles they must follow from the initial police/citizen encounter to various seizures, searches, and/or interrogations.

The legal issues to be addressed by this course affect law enforcement in a variety of ways. First, the manner in which an officer conducts law enforcement operations may influence the prosecution of offenders. Additionally, the professionalism and credibility of officers and agencies will be scrutinized and challenged where cases are lost due to a technical failure by officers to follow the ever-changing legal requirements. Finally, officers and agencies may face exposure to civil liability where there has been some deviation from the constitutional rules.

Audience:

This course is ideal for all sworn law enforcement personnel, regardless of rank.

Participant Feedback:

“I liked the practical knowledge discussed that we use in the field. Course answered several questions referencing situations I deal with daily.”

"... this is the first legal issue class that I lost track of time and was surprised when the end came. An outstanding class, I recommend this class to all agencies, local, state or federal.”

Conducting Death Investigations

Conducting Death Investigations

Conducting Death Investigations

Length: 24 hours

Developed as a comprehensive, 3-day training, this course provides law enforcement investigators with guidelines and best practices for conducting death investigations in a thorough, detailed, and effective manner.

The program covers a wide range of topics to include: scene security, utilizing an investigative checklist, the proper handling and review of evidence, hands-on application of Infra Red and BLUESTAR®, and key procedures and processes related to suspicious deaths including homicides.

The comprehensive scope of the training also addresses issues and best practices related to identifying witnesses and suspects, effectively working with the Medical Examiner or Coroner’s Office and prosecutors, and crucial actions within the first 48 hours of a death investigation. Ideally suited for today’s law enforcement professionals, the course also explores timely topics such as evaluation of evidence (Fingerprints, DNA, Autopsy, Trace, Suspect and Victim’s Clothing, Firearm, Wound Identification, Toxicology, etc.), and strategies for operating a crime scene unit on a shoestring budget.

Audience:

This course is ideal for both new and seasoned law enforcement investigators, as well as those who supervise them.

Participant Feedback:

“The information that was presented was relevant and interesting to what I do. The instructor was excellent.”

“Instructor made the course flow smoothly and he was a wealth of knowledge. The course was well delivered! He covered a vast amount of information and was extremely helpful.”

Fraudulent Documents: Strategies for Detection and Investigation

Fraudulent Documents: Strategies for Detection and Investigation

Fraudulent Documents

Length: 8 hours

The use of fraudulent documents to avoid detection or to commit criminal acts, in collusion with the rampant use of identity fraud, is an ever-mounting problem to law enforcement officers and criminal investigators. Often overlooked, fraudulent documents are used in a variety of criminal activities ranging from status and traffic crimes to intricate conspiracies and international terrorism. The detection of fraudulent documents offers law enforcement a skeleton key to unlock an ever growing array of criminal activities.

This one-day course will strive to give officers confidence in viewing documents and being able to ascertain those that are fraudulent without the use of tools or instruments; street usable knowledge. Beyond the documents themselves, officers will explore document mills to learn about how they are operated and the most effective tools to counter-act their operations. The use of controlled purchases and search warrants will be examined as these are the most common and effective tools to defeat document mills.

Audience:

This program is ideal for anyone in law enforcement who handles documents on a daily basis in the course of their duties.

Participant Feedback:

"The class was very informative and what was taught could be used for everyday work."

"This is one of the best courses I have taken in twenty years of service. Excellent instructor, visual aids, and useful information. Highly recommended!"

Human Trafficking Investigations

Human Trafficking Investigations

Human Trafficking Investigations

Length: 8 to 40 hours

Have you ever responded to a call for service involving a prostitution ring, a massage parlor or strip club and encountered foreign nationals unwilling or unable to speak to you? Have you ever had contact with migrant workers and a foreman or supervisor attempts to keep the group away from the law-enforcement officers? Do any of the individuals appear submissive or fearful, not just of you but of their co-workers or supervisors? Does one person insist on translating for the entire group? Is one individual in possession of all of the identifications or passports?

Have you seen the signs of human trafficking?

Without training, these tragic cases are easily overlooked or assumed to be routine prostitution or illegal immigrant issues. Human Trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes worldwide. The federal government and all 50 states have legislation criminalizing human trafficking.

VCPI’s Human Trafficking Investigations training provides law enforcement investigators with the tools and best practices for conducting human trafficking investigations in a thorough, detailed, and consistent manner. This course covers a wide range of topics related to this important issue, including: human smuggling, street gang involvement, illegal immigration, guest worker programs, visa fraud, labor trafficking, sex trafficking and domestic servitude.

Throughout the program, participants discuss the importance of recognizing and using a victim-centered approach to these cases. Due to the nature of human trafficking, law enforcement by itself cannot investigate the allegations as well as ensure the victim’s needs are being met. Therefore, the course explores in depth, the vital link between law enforcement and other service providers active in human trafficking cases, and the roles of the different agencies involved.

This course can be offered in a variety of formats (8 hours to 40 hours) depending upon the host agency’s needs.

Audience:

This course is ideal for any law enforcement officer regardless of rank or assignment.

Interview and Interrogation

Interview and Interrogation

Interview and Interrogation

Length: 8 hours

Interview and Interrogationis a one-day, must-attend training program for officers wanting to expand their success with confessions and investigations. The course includes a review of communication basics, context and relational components, verbal and non-verbal communication. Participants will learn verbal and non-verbal symptoms of deception and how to incorporate kinesics, verbal analysis and a behavioral analysis interview to identify guilt and innocence. Participants will also explore the differences between interviews and interrogations and how to prepare for each.

The course focuses on strengthening existing skills and developing new ones through an examination of interview and interrogation techniques such as the Reid Technique, statement analysis, and other approaches that have been successful to investigators. Participants will benefit from the exploration of the current concerns with false confessions and how to stay clear of legal issues associated with interviews and interrogations.

Audience:

This course is ideal for both new and experienced officers, detectives, and investigators.

Participant Feedback:

“Very realistic and pertinent information, useful both on the street and in interviews. Delivered incredibly well with the most important aspects covered. By far the best in-service class ever taken."

“Practical training, detailed and drawn from experience. Not full of questionable "grand" theories, but rooted in simple principles.”

Law Enforcement Response to Active Shooter

Law Enforcement Response to Active Shooter

Law Enforcement Response to Active Shooter

Length: 8 or 24 hours

This is a three-day, highly interactive course which focuses on tactical and procedural elements of law enforcement response to active shooter incidents. The course is designed to apply the tactical and procedural elements of active shooter response to multiple environments. Through lecture, class discussion, practical exercises and scenarios using sim-unitions training and/or range “shoot house” training, participants will identify and utilize techniques and tactics to respond effectively to an active shooter incident to locate, isolate, contain or eliminate the threat and conduct evacuation of innocent bystanders.

Course objectives include the following:

  • Define the terms Active Shooter and Rapid Deployment and be able to make a decision whether a traditional response or rapid deployment is needed.
  • Identify the lessons learned from court/school shootings and work place violence.
  • Develop a contact/rescue team and utilize tactics to approach, enter the facility and perform a room entry to locate, isolate, contain or eliminate the threat from the active shooter and as it relates to the officer’s role on the Critical Incident Team.
  • Understand the importance of team work, communications, command and control, the role of police, schools, fire rescue, other law enforcement agencies and the media in an active shooter incident.

This course can also be offered in a one-day refresher format, based on an agency's needs.

Audience:

This interactive program is ideal for all law enforcement professionals regardless of rank or assignment.

Participant Feedback:

"This training was very informative. Excellent delivery of presentation."

"The course materials and role playing were great. This information will help me in my position."

"The instructor was very knowledgeable and got a lot of information out in a short period of time."

Maximum Concealment: Professional Vehicle Searches for the Detection of Hidden Compartments

Maximum Concealment: Professional Vehicle Searches for the Detection of Hidden Compartments

Maximum Concealment

Length: 8 or 16 hours

This program is designed to provide law enforcement personnel the skills they need to conduct professional and thorough vehicle searches. Through the use of multiple video and photographic examples of actual stops and searches, officers will learn how to detect both hidden compartment locations and methods of drug/contraband concealment, as well as natural void locations and concealment on a variety of passenger and commercial vehicles. Emphasis is placed on the detection of aftermarket constructed hidden compartments, as well as natural void concealment within vehicles. This type of concealment is routinely used by criminal and terrorist organizations to smuggle narcotics, weapons, illegally obtained bulk currency, explosives, and WMDs.

This training program will enhance your personnel's situational awareness when conducting vehicle searches, which greatly increases officer safety, while decreasing the likelihood of damage to vehicles during searches.

This program can be offered in one-day or two-day formats. The two-day format includes a day of practical search exercises. Participants should dress appropriately for outdoor work the second day and bring basic roadside search tools/equipment (flashlight, screwdriver, etc).

Audience:

This course is strictly limited to sworn law enforcement personnel only. Participants must provide credentials upon arrival.

Participant Feedback:

“Instructor was energetic and knowledgeable. Videos and pictures of actual busts were helpful. Hands-on training on vehicles in the parking lot was very practical and helpful.”

“Very knowledge based, common sense, down to earth. One of the best classes, for eight hours, I've been to. The content was fabulous. Very good basic compartment knowledge.”

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