NRTAC Webinars

 

February 13, 2019 | Forming a Cold Case Unit and Managing Expectations

This is the second in a 4-part webinar series on defining, implementing, and managing a cold case unit. Building off of the webinar in late 2018, “What is a Cold Case and How They are Solved?” seasoned investigator, Jason Moran will discuss how to create and manage a cold case unit for agencies of all sizes, resources, and investigative demands.

This webinar is intended for law enforcement seeking to increase their understanding of cold case investigations and improving cold case investigative outcomes.


November 29, 2018 | What is a Cold Case and How are They Solved?

When people hear the term “cold case”, most think about an old, unsolved murder. While this definition is not incorrect, the idea that the term “cold case” only pertains to a murder is inaccurate. Seasoned investigator, Jason Moran will discuss how to define and categorize cold cases as well as provide key considerations and strategies for investigators handling cold cases to increase solvability.

This webinar is intended for police departments seeking to increase their understanding of cold case investigations and improve cold case investigative outcomes.


September 6, 2018 | From CitiStat to GunStat – A Data-Driven Strategy to Address Gun Crime

Founded on the core concepts of Compstat, the CitiStat model involved a series of weekly meetings that focused on improving the effectiveness across city agencies to address complex safety issues. Police departments and prosecutor’s offices across the country have implemented GunStat programs, which provide real-time information to police and prosecutors about felony gun cases as they progress through the criminal justice system. Tammy Brown, Senior Policy Advisor, and John Skinner, Site Liaison and Subject Matter Expert, with the Bureau of Justice Assistance discuss the evolution of CitiStat to GunStat, as well as GunStat processes and results in Baltimore.

This webinar is intended for jurisdictions that are seeking to implement or improve an existing GunStat program to address precipitous increases in gun crime. * The password to view the webinar recording is: 9TwrMMYp


May 17, 2018 | Overcoming Witness Intimidation – Innovative Prosecutor Tools and Techniques

The ability to gain victim/witness cooperation for a successful prosecution, despite intimidation, is a significant challenge faced by prosecutors across the country. Webinar speaker John Delaney, former First Assistant District Attorney of Philadelphia, is no stranger to this reality. Mr. Delaney has 35+ years of experience as a prosecutor, and shares effective tools and techniques to help overcome victim/witness intimidation challenges. These innovative approaches, coupled with real-life examples, are applicable to prosecutors in any jurisdiction.

This webinar is intended for prosecutors seeking strategies to reduce victim/witness intimidation and gain victim/witness cooperation in their jurisdictions. Publications on the topic area can be found below:


April 18, 2018 | The Value of Nonfatal Shooting Data – A Police Foundation Webinar

Most law enforcement agencies in the United States do not collect nonfatal shooting data because there is no federal crime reporting requirement. However, nonfatal shootings and homicides are closely related, and analysis of nonfatal shootings can be extremely valuable to departments. Analysis of nonfatal shootings (which occur four times as often as homicides) can serve as part of a larger crime reduction strategy and can help law enforcement better understand the context of local gun violence.

This webinar focuses on defining nonfatal shootings, describing data collection methodologies, and discussing how policy and investigations can be enhanced based on nonfatal shooting data. This webinar is intended for police departments that do not collect nonfatal shooting data or those that are seeking to improve nonfatal shooting data collection and use.

Additional publications on the topic area can be found below:


March 13, 2018 | Murder Book – A Profile of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Homicide Case Management Framework

In the early 1980s, the LAPD developed a homicide investigation case file structure, entitled the Murder Book, to bring organization and standardization to homicide case files. The uniform structure of the Murder Book allows anyone involved in a homicide investigation, including detectives, supervisors, and prosecutors, to review and locate key investigative reports, photos, and other materials in a standardized manner. Retired Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Homicide Detective John Skaggs discusses each component of the LAPD Murder Book case management framework. The webinar is intended for police departments that do not have a standardized case file structure for their homicide investigations or those that are seeking to improve an existing case file structure.

Additional publications on the topic area as well as templates such as the death report form, crime scene log, and others can be found below:


February 13, 2018 | Innovative Uses of ALPR Information in Law Enforcement Investigations Webinar

Redlands Police Department Commander Travis Martinez shares strategies for investigators on how to use GPS technology to enhance burglary and other theft investigations, while also addressing property crime and violent crime patterns and trends. Commander Martinez discusses the practical considerations for implementing this program into a police department.

This webinar is highly recommended and designed for any law enforcement agency seeking knowledge on ALPR technology in investigations and those experiencing precipitous increases in violent and other serious crimes.

*Because law enforcement sensitive content is discussed during the webinar, the ability to view the recording is restricted to law enforcement personnel with a valid government/department email address. Please email the NRTAC team at TTA@policefoundation.org for information on how to access the recording.

October 19, 2017 | Practical Guidance on the Use of GPS Technology in Law Enforcement Investigations

Redlands Police Department Commander Travis Martinez shares strategies for investigators on how to use GPS technology to enhance burglary and other theft investigations, while also addressing property crime and violent crime patterns and trends. Commander Martinez discusses the practical considerations for implementing this program into a police department. A true innovator in the field of policing, Commander Martinez created the “While You’re Away Program” in which Redlands, CA citizens can pick up a laptop that has a GPS tracking device embedded in it and place it on their kitchen table to help provide the resident with 24/7 electronic stake-out protection while the resident is away on vacation.

This webinar is highly recommended and designed for any law enforcement agency seeking knowledge on GPS technology in investigations and those experiencing precipitous increases in violent and other serious crimes.

*Because law enforcement sensitive content is discussed during the webinar, the ability to view the recording is restricted to law enforcement personnel with a valid government/department email address. Please email the NRTAC team at TTA@policefoundation.org for information on how to access the recording.


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September 26, 2017 | Leveraging Social Media Analysis to Aid Investigations

A highly experienced Pennsylvania State Police Crime Analyst shares strategies and provides practical guidance for analysts to help them improve social media analysis techniques and outcomes to aid investigations. The Analyst is joined by two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers who discuss the value that social media analysis brings to their investigations. This webinar is highly recommended and designed for any law enforcement agency seeking knowledge on social media analysis and those experiencing precipitous increases in violent and other serious crimes.

*Because law enforcement sensitive content is discussed during the webinar, the ability to view the recording is restricted to law enforcement personnel/analysts with a valid government/department email address. Please email the NRTAC team at TTA@policefoundation.org for information on how to access the recording.

August 1, 2017 | Overcoming Victim/Witness Intimidation & Gaining Cooperation in Investigations Webinar

Nationally-recognized LAPD Homicide Detective John Skaggs (Ret.) shares strategies and practical tips for investigators to help them improve victim/witness cooperation and effectively address victim/witness intimidation. Detective Skaggs recently retired after more than 30 years with the LAPD and being featured in the book Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, by Dr. Jill Leovy. This webinar is highly recommended and designed for any law enforcement agency dealing with victim/witness cooperation and intimidation and those experiencing precipitous increases in violent and other serious crimes.

This webinar is provided by the Police Foundation through its National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC).