This week, detectives from around the region attended a homicide investigations training course put on by the International Homicide Investigators Association.

The class to place all week at the ITT campus in Newburgh, Indiana and was hosted by the Tri-State Law Enforcement Association. Topics included: introduction to death investigations, fire and explosive death investigations, major case management, offender motivations, stress management and death notifications, blood splatter and fingerprints, social networking and crime, digital evidence, legal updates, laboratory services, as well as a variety of other specialized topics.

Detectives from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Warrick County Sheriff’s Office and the Posey County Sheriff’s Office attended the course.

Guest instructors included: Michael Murphy, former Coroner for Clark County (Las Vegas), Wayne Koka, who is one of four Major Case Specialists for the FBI and Dr. Susan Spencer, a forensic anthropolist from the University of Southern Indiana.

Detective Sergeant Matt Hill with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office explained, “Assembling this many expert instructors for a single course is phenomenal.” Sgt. Hill added, “The ability to bring this caliber of training to Evansville truly benefits the entire region.”

Thirty-five (35) detectives attended the training, which will conclude later this afternoon.