Course Catalog



Violent Crime Investigations: Seeking Justice for the Victims


  • Everett C. Babcock
    Sgt., Kansas City Police Department, MO

This class is intended to sharpen basic observation skills and review the importance of basic investigative techniques and their proper applications which will allow us to be successful in one of the highest responsibilities in law enforcement, seeking justice for victims and their families.

Homicide Investigation: Seeking Justice and Finding Truth


  • Linda R. Netzel
  • Daniel E. Sosnowski
    SOS Services, Inc., GA
  • Lisa Mayhew, MS
  • Everett C. Babcock
    Sgt., Kansas City Police Department, MO

This is a comprehensive course on how to investigate homicides and other suspicious deaths. Through the use of classroom lectures, video segments, photographs, case study exercises, and hands-on practical exercises, attendees will be provided with a thorough education in the specific techniques involved in these types of investigations. Taught by instructors with extensive backgrounds in death investigations, this course will cover such topics as initial response and securing the scene, crime scene search methods, obtaining search warrants, identifying and preserving forensic evidence, witness interviews, suspect interrogations, report writing, and testifying. The course will also discuss suicides, death investigations involving children, and the capabilities of forensic evidence analysis. Throughout this course an emphasis is placed on protecting constitutional rights, seeking the truth, avoiding false confessions, and respecting the victim’s family. This course is intentionally designed for law enforcement officers from all sizes of agencies that might be tasked with a death investigation.

Responding to the Changing Mindset of College Students on Campus Seminar


  • Chief James E. Williamson
  • Chief David L. Perry
  • Derek L. Marchman

Responding to critical incidents on campuses continues to present complex challenges for police executives. This training will provide a deeper understanding of three vital issues for campus law enforcement: 1) mental health; 2) dating/sexual violence; and 3) alcohol and drugs. The training will also provide a unique perspective of the mindset of today’s students and how to proactively respond by understanding community policing on campus, bystander intervention, and specialized populations. Attendees will hear from national leaders in campus law enforcement, community policing, Greek organizations, and psychology.

Making Discipline Stick: Protecting Employees, the Agency and the Public through Evidence-Based Best Practices


  • Dr. Richard Johnson
    Chief Academic Officer
  • Matt Dolan
    Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC

The vast majority of citizen complaints and internal acts of employee misconduct encountered by government agencies are generated by a small number of problem individuals. It is crucial, therefore, that government agencies can successfully discipline these few “bad apples”.

In other cases, disciplinary action is necessary to hold essentially good employees accountable for misconduct that threatens agency operations. In these cases, making discipline stick is actually in the interest of the employee, as it can serve as a much needed “wake up call” to an employee before performance issues become so serious that termination is required or public safety is threatened.

Biased-Based Policing Reports: Best Practices


  • Dr. Richard Johnson
    Chief Academic Officer

In response to CALEA accreditation requirements and / or public allegations of racial profiling, many law enforcement agencies have begun to track the race, ethnicity, and gender of those who are stopped, searched, arrested, and / or were the subject of a use of force by officers.

If not researched and written properly, these reports have the potential to be misinterpreted by the media or community groups, needlessly damage the public image of your agency, undermine the legitimacy of your agency with the public, and lower officer morale. This workshop offers crucial skills necessary to present the information in your report in a manner that minimizes the risk of misinterpretation or manipulation, and presents the work of your agency in the most accurate and professionally responsive manner possible.

Surviving Verbal Conflict®: Verbal De-escalation


  • Harry P. Dolan
    Chief of Police, Raleigh Police Department, NC (Ret.)
  • Jose L. Lopez Sr.
    Chief, Durham Police Department, NC (Ret.)
  • Bill Bongle
    Captain, Green Bay Police Department, WI (Ret.)
  • Paul W. Luster
    Capt., Kansas City Police Department, MO
  • Chuck L. Wilson
    Captain, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, NC
  • Daniel Nieters
    Sergeant, Raleigh Police Department, NC
  • Eric Sweden
    Sergeant, Raleigh Police Department, NC
  • Scott Grainer
    Detective, Internal Affairs Bureau, New York Police Department, NY (Ret.)

Today’s increased service demands and the scrutiny placed upon public safety professionals have resulted in a growing need to master verbal conflict management skills. When negative verbal encounters escalate to the point where physical intervention is used, criticism often results when it is later discovered that there is little evidence of verbal de-escalation techniques employed by officers. This is particularly true when incident video and audio reviews are utilized. In some cases, it has become clear that the verbal actions of the public safety responders served to escalate the situation. Administrators are now asking, “Is this an area in which the training tape has run out? Have we adequately trained our personnel to successfully manage and respond to verbal confrontations in a professional manner?"

Developing Organizational Performance Leadership