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Lead Homicide Investigator Training

Wicklander-Zulawski Seminar for Lead Homicide Investigators

Wicklander-Zulawski Seminar for Lead Homicide Investigators

Attend WZ’s new Seminar for Lead Homicide Investigators, a comprehensive program is the result of client requests for an expanded homicide investigation training course on effective methodology, techniques and processes in homicide types of investigations.
The seminar is modeled on the highly successful 3-day WZ Seminar on DOA: Death Investigations. Since first offered in October 2006, WZ instructors Lou Tessmann and Jeff Pavletic have conducted 65 seminars in 17 states. The new 40-hour course adds important instructional modules in crime scene analysis, forensic pathology, death certification, interview and interrogation, application of 4th and 5th amendments, false confessions and courtroom testimony.

The Lead Homicide Investigator Training course features interactive lecture and discussions of actual homicide case histories, videos, murder statutes and laws specific to the state(s) represented by the lead homicide investigation seminar participants. In addition, the program is designed to meet the 40-hour course requirements of Illinois Public Act 96-1111 (SB 3491) for a training program in death and homicide investigation for law enforcement officers of local government agencies. Officers who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board (ILETSB) and may be assigned as Lead Investigators in death investigations.

This comprehensive seminar provides instruction in investigating and prosecuting death cases from the start of the investigation through evidence collection, autopsy, suspect interviews, press conferences, trial testimony and ultimately conviction. It is purposely designed to provide expert “in-the-field” instruction from the “Side of the Badge to the Side of the Scalpel to the Side of the Gavel”. Learn state of the art techniques from an ex-Commander of a Major Crimes Task Force, a highly experienced Prosecutor and a leading Forensic Pathologist. Download WZ’s Lead Homicide Investigator Training overview (pdf)

Who should attend:

Law enforcement personnel to include prosecutors, coroners/medical examiners, patrol officers, detectives, crime scene investigators, evidence technicians, police supervisors and major case squad members.

What you’ll learn:

  • Managing and Evaluating the Crime Scene
  • Death Notifications
  • Investigative Tactics
  • Death Certification
  • Cause and Manner of Death – Autopsy
  • Multiple Methods of Interview & Interrogation
  • Handling the News Media
  • Development of COLD CASE Leads
  • TASK FORCE Operations
  • Miranda
  • 4th Amendment – Search & Seizure
  • 5th Amendment – Evidence, GSR, Speaking
  • False Confessions
  • Preparation for and Testimony of Trial

Each class brings together three disciplines – Lou Tessmann, CFI®, a seasoned homicide detective, Jeff Pavletic, a highly skilled Chief Deputy States Attorney and Dr. Manuel Montez, MD a forensic pathologist and lecturer with 16 years of experience. Working together, Lou, Jeff and Manny bring practical street smarts, scientific examination and courtroom know-how to the course.

As experts within their respective fields, the instructors remain active in both the investigative, forensic and the legal communities. They are regularly sought after to participate in jury trials involving major crimes, homicide prosecution and violent crimes, some of which involved the most high profile and complex cases in Illinois history. In addition, they function as vital contributors to various Major Crime Task Forces and professional associations around the country.

Lou has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations and has obtained over 80 homicide confessions during his 25-year career. Jeff is in charge of the Criminal Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and General Counsel to the Major Crime’s Task Force. His 20 years of extensive trial experience includes over 150 jury trials with a concentration in prosecution of homicides and violent crimes. Manny, a Lake Forest (IL) based physician, forensic pathologist and teaching instructor, is a recognized expert in crime scene forensics, autopsy, and death and certification.

Lou / Manny / Jeff

Excellent work teaching the class, I found your material to be enlightening and extremely useful. You all complement each other well, and I appreciate the dynamic interaction and approach utilized throughout the course to hold the interest of the students while also delivering such highly relevant content and material. Teaching in this manner is absolutely an art, a difficult one at that. I appreciate your flawless delivery, great work guys, you are each a credit to your respective professions, thank you for all you do. I look forward to crossing paths in the future.


Criminal Investigations Division

Robbins Police Department

Very good that the guys researched Michigan law before the class. Shows that they want to help us and not just tell war stories.
Pontiac, MI 

WZ Press Release (pdf)

5 day seminar/3 instructors
Pricing may vary by location
Attendees earn 35 Continuing Education Credits towards CFI recertification (total of 24 needed)

To learn more on how WZ can create a custom program for your organization click here.

For additional information or questions contact Bob Brislan, Business Development Manager, by phone at 800.222.7789 x103 or by e-mail at