This past week, the Greenwich Police Department sponsored a Five (5) Day Homicide and Death Investigations Course at their police headquarters. Joe Giacalone and other practitioners in the field, including the new Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut, Dr. James Gill, taught an intensive course of study in homicide and death investigations to 54 detectives and detective supervisors representing 11 different agencies from all over the state of Connecticut and Upstate New York.
The training topics included the Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of death as well as time tested and best practices used to solve homicides and other death related cases. The students were left with a number of specific key takeaways from the course. Here are a just a few of them:
- This isn’t the playground. There are no “do-overs.” Do it right the first time
- Patrol officers are our partners in solving crimes, especially homicides
- Treat every death as if it is suspicious, until the evidence proves otherwise
- Prepare as if the case is going to court from the moment you receive the notification
About the Lead Instructor
Joseph L. Giacalone is a retired Detective Sergeant, former Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Squad, former Director of the NYPD’s Homicide Course, Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and author of The Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators – 3rd Edition.