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‘Following the Evidence’ Conference Agenda

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The first part of this intermediate to advanced training will instruct MDTs on the benefits of working together, and the second will provide details of how evidence from each discipline is used in an investigation.




July 7, 2015

7:30AM – 8:00AM – Registration

8:00AM – 8:15AM – Opening (Introductions, expectations and brief review of course content)

8:15AM – 9:30AM – Roles and responsibilities of MDT members

– Define first responder and investigator

– Who can take evidence?

– What is done with evidence?

– What tasks can each member of MDT conduct?

9:30AM – 10:00AM – Confidentiality (reference the MOU)

10:00AM – 10:15AM – BREAK (on your own)

10:15AM – 11:00AM – Differentiating between types of maltreatment cases: neglect, physical abuse, witnessing domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation

11:00AM – 12:00PM – From first responder to prosecution (flow chart)

– Discuss the difference in timelines for CPS and LE

– Discuss CPS and LE culture and how these issues might create bias or affect integrity of the case

12:00PM – 1:00PM – Lunch (on your own)

1:00PM – 1:30PM – Brief review of victim dynamics that influence cases:

– Denial does not mean it didn’t happen (disclosure dynamics)

– Grooming and relationship between child and adult

– Impact of culture and language

– Impact of development and abilities/disabilities

1:30PM – 2:30PM – Define multiple hypotheses and its impact on cases

– Multiple hypotheses exercise (small groups)

2:30PM – 3:00PM – Define “corroboration”

Define “evidence”

– Where can evidence be found?

– Who can gather/seize it?

– Rules of evidence, chain of custody and evidence documentation

– Resources

3:00PM – 3:15PM – Break (on your own)

3:15PM – 4:15PM – Discuss types of potential evidence: medical, physical, digital

– Medical: layman’s guide to medical exams as it relates to gathering data and evidence collection

– Physical: mechanism of injury as it relates to evidence

– Digital: public record vs seizure procedures

4:15PM – 5:00PM – Nontraditional evidence: What is it and where can we find it?

– Corroborating child’s statements

– Social media as a corroborative tool


July 8, 2015

8:00AM – 9:00AM – Interview techniques (alleged child victims, caregivers)

– Inquiring about social media/technology

– Inquiring about externally derived information or evidence

9:00AM – 9:45AM – Investigative techniques

– Interrogation

– Crime scene

Other options

9:45AM – 10:00AM – Break (on your own)

10:00AM – 11:30AM – Pulling it all together: Case activity from first responder to prosecution

11:30AM – 11:45AM – Summary

11:45AM – 12:00PM – Closing

Take advantage of this opportunity, and register for the “Following the Evidence” an interactive training set for July 7 and 8 at the Stoney Creek Hotel in Sioux City, Iowa. Co-sponsored in part by the Missing and Exploited Children’s Training and Technical Assistance Program within the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, its goal is to ensure that all communities have the resources, tools, and support necessary to protect children.

To register online, click here. The cost is $25 per person.

Hotel accommodations are available at the federal rate of $83 per night, plus tax. Click here for reservations, or call the Stoney Creek Hotel at (712) 234-1100.

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