Additional Training Opportunities

Bats, Clubs, Knives, and Murder... Or Not

The Forensic Institute for Research and Education and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have partnered to offer “Bats, Clubs, Knives, and a Murder...or Not.” This training for medical examiners, death investigators, and law enforcement will be offered in six different regions across the state from November 2017- May 2018.

March 12–13, 2018 Montgomery Bell State Park
April 19–20, 2018 McMinn County
May 2–3, 2018 Cove Lake State Park

This free two-day workshop designed for medical examiners, medicolegal death investigators, and law enforcement will focus on death investigation, specifically involving sharp and blunt force trauma. This training is POST approved for 16 hours.

Participants must commit to attending both days. Limited seating available.

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Program with the Tennessee Treasury Department

The Tennessee Treasury Department operates the Criminal Injuries Compensation Program, a program to assist innocent victims with expenses as a result of certain crimes. The program provides financial assistance to victims of crime who suffer personal injury, or to relatives of deceased victims who may be eligible for funeral expenses or financial assistance due to loss of support. To enhance the awareness of this program, we are expanding our efforts to provide information and training on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Program to members of the law enforcement community.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Program is a fund of last resort to assist with various expenses, solely and directly related to the crime, which are not covered by any other source (such as insurance, Medicare, TennCare, disability pay, etc.). The program considers such losses as crime-related medical expenses, mental health counseling, funeral/burial, lost wages, and loss of support. Click here for more detailed information about the requirements and benefits. 

We respectfully request that you consider sending an investigator or detective to an upcoming training. The trainings are available at various times and in various locations. Our upcoming trainings for the months of January and February are listed below:

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10am or 1pm | Bradley County Sheriff’s Office
2290 Blythe Avenue, Cleveland, TN 37311

Friday, January 19, 2018, 10am or 1pm | City of Bristol Police Department Training Center 
Community Policing Division, 325 McDowell Street, Bristol, TN 37620

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 10am or 1pm | Dyersburg Police Department 
Professional Development Center, 305 College Street, Dyersburg, TN 38024

Friday, January 26, 2018, 10am or 1pm | Lawrenceburg Police Department
233 West Gaines Street, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464

Friday, February 2, 2018, 10am or 1pm | Germantown Police Training Room
1930 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138

If you have questions about the program, or to register for an upcoming training, please contact Dawn Hargett at


Child Abduction Response and Investigation
January 23-24, 2018
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Knoxville, TN

Course Goals:
This FREE course is designed to provide law enforcement with the tools, techniques and strategies to effectively respond to all phases of abducted/missing child investigations. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to identify and effectively utilize the investigative tools/methods that will be explained through current case studies and research as the “best practices” in child abduction investigations.

This training is based on the FBI’s Child Abduction Response Plan (CARP), which is the national model for best practices when responding to and investigating cases involving children who are missing under mysterious or suspicious circumstances. Attendees will receive a copy of the newest edition of the FBI’s Child Abduction Response Plan (CARP). The CARP provides step by step guidance to law enforcement agencies and personnel conducting these investigations.

Training Topics Include:
• Abduction Response - The FBI Child Abduction Response Plan
• Behavioral Analysis of Child Abductors
• Overview of Child Sex Offenders
• Residential and Long Term Abductions
• Non-Parental Abductions
• False Allegation of Child Abduction
• Social Media and Tactical Analysis in Child Abduction Cases
• Interview/Interrogation considerations in Child Abductions
• Neighborhood Investigation and Road Block Canvass considerations
• Current case studies from FBI CARD team deployments nationwide

Who Should Attend:
Law Enforcement Personnel to include: Patrol Officers, Investigators, support staff and Supervisors who respond to, manage or handle missing/abducted child cases or death investigations.

Principal Instructors: Instructors are members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) and Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) Team. The BAU is comprised of FBI Supervisory Special Agents and professional staff who are the leading authorities in behavioral crimes involving children. The CARD teams consist of experienced and specially trained personnel who quickly respond to non-family child abductions, ransom child abductions, and mysterious disappearances of children across the country to provide investigative, technical and resource assistance to state/local law enforcement.

*Please Note: Due to the nature and content of this course, it is restricted to active law enforcement personnel.


For questions or registration issues, contact Special Agent Jason Pack at:


Command Level Leadership
February 2018
Nashville, TN

This class is the capstone of LEIC's leadership program. It is held once annually and serves executive level law enforcement personnel. It is 24 hours POST approved. 

Class size is limited and is on a first come basis. There is a limit of one supervisor per agency with a waiting list for additional participants from the same agency.

Topics covered in this 4-day course include:

  • Media relations and interview tips
  • Counseling and evaluations
  • Fair and impartial policing
  • Strength-based leadership
  • Leading and adapting in law enforcement organizations
  • Executive leadership
  • Stress management
  • Officers in crisis
  • Civil unrest

Cost for this training is $400. This includes two lunches and lodging for 3 nights. Lodging is only available to non-commuters.

Click here for an application.

Email Application to or fax to (865) 946-3214.

For More information, email Chris Jones at


Reflective Leadership Institute
February 5 – 9, 2018
Franklin, TN

The FBI-LEEDA Reflective Leadership Institute course focuses on learning to lead an inclusive culture within our law enforcement agencies. The goals of this new 4-1/2 day program include:

• Create fair, unbiased, and inclusive police culture for the agency and community;
• Effectively guide law enforcement agencies to realize the practical and moral value of cultural awareness and cultural intelligence;
• Incorporate best practices for successfully navigating the complexities of our contemporary cultural context with integrity;
• Assemble concrete pathways for fair and unbiased leadership development of all employees in the agency; and,
• Help create leaders of cultural wisdom and integrity as models for their internal communities and the public that they serve

This training will be held at the Franklin Police Department (900 Columbia Ave, Franklin, Tennessee 37064). Registration is $650. Class begins at 8:30 a.m.; dress is business casual.

Get local information for this training opportunity by contacting Sergeant Michael Simpkins of the Franklin Police Department at 615-794-2513 xt7630 or email

For hotel reservations, contact Hampton Inn & Suites, 7141 South Springs Dr, Franklin,
Telephone: 615-771-7225.

Seminar registration is open to all law enforcement – sworn and professional staff. You are not required to be a member of FBI-LEEDA to attend.

Register online at or call 877-772-7712 for more information.


Developing a Community Response for High-Risk Victims of Child Sex Trafficking and Exploitation 
Feb 7-8, 2018
Raleigh, NC

Construct a multidisciplinary response to high risk victim cases. Quantify the problem of sex trafficking locally, define the high risk victim and the correlation and commonalities between the chronic runaway, repeat victims of sexual abuse, and the child victimized through sex trafficking. Learn effective victim interview techniques and a 5-point strategy to combat the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC).

During the training, you will engage in a group exercise to develop your own local response for child victims of sex trafficking.

Click here to register.


Verbal Defense & Influence: A Pre-planned Approach to Manage the Spectrum of Conflict
March 6-9, 2018
Nashville, TN

Regular Registration $1,997 | Early Bird $1,397 (credit card only)

Topics Include: Prevent & Mitigate Violence, Control Crisis Response & Aggression, De-Escalate Anger & Resistance, Avert Verbal & Physical Attacks

What is VDI: Verbal Defense & Influence (VDI) is specialized communication training that covers non-escalation (conflict prevention), de-escalation and crisis intervention strategies.

Why: Building expertise in conflict management is essential in these times of intense public scrutiny across all industries. Potentially dangerous or volatile conflicts in the workplace are not confined to law enforcement practitioners. And they never look good on YouTube.

Conflict scenarios can arise between an organization and its clients, between departments, among team members or between supervisors and employees. An employee who receives VDI certification becomes an in-house expert at the organization to assist others to better manage conflict and communicate under pressure.

Use of VDI tactics has been proven to reduce complaints, as well as liability and injuries, while at the same time, improving team performance, morale and overall safety.

VDI has long been a tool used by law enforcement to assist officers in de-escalating a situation – keeping it from spiraling out of control. Our instructors, all with lifetime backgrounds in law enforcement, have taught VDI worldwide to help organizations manage conflict in the real world.

Contact the Host: Grant Carroll | 615-862-7617 |

Contact Vistelar: Via email or call us 877-690-8230


Investigation and Prosecution of Cold Case Homicides 
March 15-16, 2018
Miami, FL 

This two day course is instructed by a proven team of investigator and prosecutor. This team has afforded scores of family members as well as the original investigative teams, with investigative and prosecutorial focus that has resulted in resolving cases that had been considered closed, suspended or forgotten.

Improve investigative techniques and efforts on long-term missing and cold case investigations. Learn from case studies, interactive case discussions, and specific techniques to improve the skill and capacities of law enforcement personnel assigned to long-term missing cases. Learn investigative and prosecutorial strategies for the investigator.

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Officer Involved Shooting
March 26-28, 2018
Collierville, TN

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $325.00 - Includes all training materials and Certificate of Completion

The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with a basic investigative model that is applicable to all officer involved shooting incidents, regardless of the size of their department. Police officer involved shootings are vastly different from any other type of investigation. This course will provide those in attendance with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to handle any deadly force incident.

This course is intended for those investigators who are specifically assigned to the investigation of officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths. It is also appropriate for those detectives or uniform personnel who may be required to assist in these types of investigations. Crime scene technicians, medical examiners/coroner investigators, supervisors, military investigators, criminal analysts and prosecutors would also benefit from the training.

This course is 2½ days in length. Instruction is provided through the use of a PowerPoint presentation that makes liberal use of authentic crime scene photographs. This insures that the topics discussed are portrayed as realistically as possible. Numerous hand-outs and video tapes are used as instructional aids. There are no pre-requisites to this course. Students should be forewarned that the content of this course contains numerous death scene photographs that are highly graphic and intense. Due to the sensitive nature of this material, attendance is restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel, or those directly involved in the criminal justice system.

Click here for more information or to register.

This course will be submitted for Tennessee POST Credit

Local Agency Contacts:
Capt. Chris Locke, Collierville Police (901-457-2539) or Lt. Ben Wardlow (901-457-2516)

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