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Homicide Investigation   

Whether you are the first responder or the lead investigator, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to thoroughly and professionally investigate any possible homicide situation.

We will show you the various types of homicides that you may encounter and common approaches to each. You will learn a systematic process for handling the crime scene, from the initial approach through scene documentation and evidence collection. And, you’ll see how the latest technology and forensic sciences can assist you in your investigation.

Beyond the crime scene, you’ll also learn about criminal profiling, interrogation techniques and how to handle the news media’s involvement.

Topics Include

  • Death scene preservation
  • Duties of the first officer on the scene
  • Investigative procedures at the death scene
  • Team approach to death investigations
  • Autoerotic death investigations
  • Causes and manner of death
  • Time of death determination
  • Criminal personality profiling
  • Organized vs. disorganized crime scenes
  • Death scene search techniques
  • Handling the news media in death investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Homicide interrogation techniques


Patrol officers, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel

Class is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those personnel assigned directly to law enforcement agencies.

Course Length

40 hours


For Florida Officers, this course will not qualify for Salary Incentive Credit for FDLE course "Injury and Death Investigation."

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Presenters have a wealth of knowledge and present it in a way that is captivating. They inspire confidence.” – Det. F.R.
  • “Being able to actually see the photographs of the scenes and having the instructors walk us through each scene provided me with a better understanding of what actually occurred.” – P.N.
  • "Course was well designed and included case examples. Learned methods that can be practically applied immediately.” – J.I.
  • “From all my years in law enforcement thus far I rate this class as my best class taken.” – Inv. E.T.
  • “Studying different homicide incidents exposed me to additional scenes that I had not experienced.” – Det. L.W.
  • “This course has you think outside of the box and was more in-depth than any related course I’ve taken.” – Inv. B.G.
  • "This is probably the best outside training I have ever received since employed. If I could go through it again in about six months I would. Great class with great instructors. I leave here with more than I came with. Thank you.” – Master Trooper/Det. T.R.


Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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