Training: Working, Controlling, and Managing Major Cases

Dates & Locations

November 6-8, 2019

Topsham Police Department
100 Main St
Topsham, ME 04086


December 11-13, 2019

New Britain Police Department
10 Chestnut St
New Britain, CT 06051


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.

Instructor:  Captain (ret) John Yerardi, Investigative Training


Cancellation & Refund Policy

GSPCC has a 10-day cancellation policy. Any cancellations less than 10 days from the class start date will not be refunded. Because seating in our courses can be limited, we ask that all cancellations be made at least 10 days prior to the class start date.

We understand there may be exceptions due to unforeseen serious events. If your cancellation is due to a serious issue and is not within 10 days of the first day of the class, GSPCC staff will evaluate the circumstances and work with you on a refund.