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March 10, 2016

OSU-CHS offers crime assessment training course for law enforcement, prosecutors

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will host a three-day crime assessment training course to educate law enforcement officials and prosecutors on improved methods for the recovery of the unseen evidence of a crime.

“Crime Assessment: Murder, Mayhem and Mechanisms” will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16-18 at OSU-CHS, 1111 W. 17th St.

The course will be taught by renowned criminal profiler Richard Walter, OSU-CHS visiting assistant professor of forensic sciences, and Patrick J. Ziproli, retired from the Pennsylvania State Police Department where he specialized in homicide, child abduction and missing persons investigations.

The training will include analysis of power-assertive, power-reassurance, anger-retaliatory and anger-excitation typologies. Instructors also will discuss staged crime scenes, arson and bombings, interview strategies and cold case investigations.

Case studies will be examined to assist investigators in evaluating the presence or absence of crime scene evidence and understanding motive, method and opportunity.

Walter is an international expert on crime assessment, profiling and risk evaluation who retired after more than 22 years as a prison psychologist with the Michigan Department of Corrections. He is co-founder of the Vidocq Society, an exclusive group of 82 specialists worldwide who assist criminal justice agencies in solving cold cases. He and the society were profiled in the 2010 book, “The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases.”

Ziproli represented the Pennsylvania State Police in assessment and training in criminal behavior, equivocal death analysis, cold cases, staged crime scenes, sexual assault and more. He is a certified auditor for the Pennsylvania prison system and consults on death and criminal investigations. He also is a member of the Vidocq Society.

For more information, visit the event website.


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