Murder is the only type of death with offender post-victim-death behaviors. The behavior of the offender after the death of the victim is often very valuable evidence, and in staged cases sometimes it's the only evidence.
Crime scene staging in homicide cases is when an offender murders a victim then manipulates the crime scene, physical and often the behavioral evidence to misdirect investigators and make them think the victim died in a legitimate way. Staged cases can be a huge problem for investigative teams because lots of times the crime scene evidence doesn't solve the case. This course introduces students to new ideas within a crime scene to courtroom approach that can be used to further staged homicide investigations when the crime scene doesn't solve the case.
This course is a required course for the completion of the LPAIFI Crime Scene Staging Track Certificate.
Investigators and students should take this course to sharpen their skills for learning what staging is, what staging is not, how to detect it, and what you can do when you find it. This course starts with the importance of studying the 911 call, often the call of the killer him or herself to jumpstart the investigation in the right direction instead of sending it torpedoing in the wrong direction on a wild goose chase set up by the crime scene stager. This course will help investigators hone in on areas of their homicide investigation skills they already have towards learning to use them in new ways from crime scene to courtroom.
Our forensic academy is not just any forensic academy because it is set up like a university for continuing education. Our courses are not just haphazardly thrown together. Rather all our courses track back to our six Program Outcomes:
Our course objectives are linked all of the Program Outcomes:
The LPAIFI Online is a self-paced. That means you can enroll and begin when you pay your tuition and you then have six weeks to complete the course. It's a good idea to set weekly goals for yourself to make sure you stay on track to complete the course within six weeks.
No. Books are not included with tuition. Most books are available on Amazon as downloads on a Kindle App or other book reader. Books are typically very reasonably priced and are normally widely available.
There are six quizzes and six essays per course. All quizzes and essays must be successfully completed and submitted by 11:59pm EST on the last day of the six week course. Certificates of Completion are automatically generated by the course itself when all quizzes and essays have been graded by the course instructor and final points are entered into the grade book.
Yes, yes, and no. Why? Because some of the essay questions are based on the material contained within. Discussion is optional, but if you have time don't miss out on such a great learning experience as watching slideshows and videos. By the same token, Discussion is a great way to meet other people in your class, ask questions about anything that comes to mind, and to engage with your instructor. Networking is power.
Instructors are active in the LPAIFI Online Monday through Friday at least three of the five days. Instructors are not available on weekends. To contact your instructor, use the Course Email Tool in the right hand corner of the course that is located between your account icon and the Discuss icon. Instructors typically respond to student emails within 48 hours.