Working, Controlling, and Managing Major Cases

Instructor:  Captain (ret) John Yerardi, Investigative Training​

Course Description:  This is a practical 3-day course designed to provide participants with skills, knowledge, techniques, and abilities to examine the decisions to be made before undertaking a major case and to avoid mistakes made by investigating officers.  This course will focus on attention to crime scene entry, protection, and control; coordination of the investigation; competent investigation techniques; and trial and post-arrest activities.  Training is designed to meet the needs of decision and policy makers, supervisors, or officers leading major investigations.

This course is designed to address four important areas when working major cases: 1) Scene investigation; 2) Coordination of the investigation; 3) Competent investigative protocol and 4) Post-arrest and trial activities.

Topics Covered:

  • Why Things Go Wrong on Major Cases
  • Crime Scene Approach, Entry, Control and Protocol
  • Major Case Crime Scene Policy
  • Evidence
  • Dealing with Victims & Witnesses
  • Dealing with the Media
  • Investigative Protocol
  • Qualities of a Good Investigator
  • Investigative Organization & Lead-Tracking


Instructional Level:  Enrollment is limited to supervisors or officers who are in charge of administrative policies or lead investigations, deemed by circumstances, to be major in nature.  (Examples of major cases are those involving homicides or cases that are likely to bring media attention to the department or involve political figures or other high profile individuals.)

IMPORTANT:  Course Materials and Equipment:  Course materials (ie: PowerPoint presentation, articles, and other informational material) will be provided electronically for this course on a computerized access link.  This link will be provided to students prior to the class.  It is highly recommended that students download the course materials to a laptop, tablet, or other device prior to the first day of class and bring the device with them to the course.  (Note:  In order to download course materials from the access link, PowerPoint and Word should be installed on the device.)  Otherwise, students should print the PowerPoint presentation and bring the printed material with them to class.

Method of Testing:   The class will work on practical exercises with the instructor in lieu of a written final examination.

Working, Controlling, and Managing Major Cases