June 29 2015

Burlington Detectives Attend Training on Investigating Homicides, Unnatural Deaths

By: Rich Hosford

A couple of Burlington Police Detectives went out for some advanced training to help them on the job here in town. 


Police Chief Michael Kent stated in a release he is pleased to announce Detectives Thomas Carlson and James Tigges completed advanced homicide training earlier this month. 


The 22nd Annual Advanced Homicide Investigation Conference is designed to meet the needs of police tasked with the investigating homicides, suicides and unnatural deaths. 


Two-hundred investigators from across the United States and Canada attended the Conference, which was co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Police and the New Jersey Homicide Investigators Association. It was held at Princeton University from June 15-19. 


“Every time officers have the chance to attend and utilize outside training opportunities is a benefit for this department and the community,” Chief Kent said. “Advanced instruction in any area of law enforcement allows us to improve our skills and better protect residents.” 


Throughout the week, the detectives received specialized training in the following areas:


· Interview and interrogation techniques, including instruction on recognizing deceptive behavior 


· Police-involved shootings and performance under extreme stress 


· Wound analysis · Infant death investigation 


· Blood spatter analysis 


· Crime scene reconstruction 


· Leadership and decision making during homicide investigation 


Attendees heard a presentation from Connecticut State Troopers who responded to and investigated the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn. 


They also visited the Sept. 11 Memorial in New York City, where they attended a presentation about the significance evidence played in both the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa.



Det. James Tigges (left) and Det. Thomas Carlson (right) attended the conference on behalf of the Burlington Police Department. (Courtesy Photo)



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