This workshop will meet two consecutive days from 9 AM - 4 PM. Attendance restricted to law enforcement, (including patrol officers, crime scene technicians, detectives and dive team members), CPS, medical examiners, coroners, and prosecutors.
Drowning is the second leading cause of “accidental” death to children in the U.S. and third for adults. As many as 20% of these drownings are the result of foul play. Sadly, our research has also found that very few drowning incidents are investigated, and those that are investigated are often conducted in hindsight when crucial scene evidence no longer exists. And even when cases are investigated, investigators are at a disadvantage because the chances of them having training on the specifics of homicidal drowning investigations are near to zero.
Just as investigating motor vehicle fatalities requires specialized skills and knowledge, so does investigating drowning incidents. It is unlikely that there will be any signs of trauma, signs of a struggle, or other normal foul play signs on a homicidal drowning scene. Standard autopsies typically do not provide any evidence either. The medical examiner needs to be asked to check for specific signs. The reason so few cases are investigated and even fewer result in convictions, is because law enforcement personnel are not trained to know the red flags and do not have the enough knowledge about drowning and water dynamics to know if a witness statement can be true or not.
Through in-depth study of case histories, attendees will learn state-of-the-art investigative procedures to investigate drownings, near-drownings, postmortem disposal, and evidence disposal.
This workshop is approved for 12 hours of Continuing Education Credit for the following organizations:
Andrea Zaferes began teaching diving with Dr. Lee Somers and Karl Huggins at the University of Michigan’s Scientific Diving Program. She served as a Diving Safety Officer for the American Museum of Natural History’s Animal Behavior Research Department, and had three research papers published by the age of 22. She took her first diving rescue course at age 16 with Walt Butch Hendrick. Since that time she has become Vice President of Lifeguard Systems Inc. and RIPTIDE Inc, a course director and instructor trainer, a well published author, a noted public speaker, an award winner, a program designer, and is one of the leading trainers in the international water rescue and recovery industries today.
Andrea teaches over hundreds of police, fire, EMS, military, and USCG personnel annually throughout the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Caribbean.
Andrea, Vice President of Lifeguard Systems and RIPTIDE, a NAUI & ACUC course director, and a PADI, DAN, and Red Cross Instructor, teaches approximately 1000 surface rescue and dive personnel annually. She co-authored with Walt Hendrick such videos and books as Surface Ice Rescue,
Scuba Instructor Readiness Series, Field Neurological Evaluations, Public Safety Dive Operations, Blackwater Contingency, and Homicidal Drowning Investigator, was the managing editor of SORTIE Magazine, she manages the www.wateroperation.com discussion group, and has over 100 published articles. She is a noted public speaker, is an award winner, and is a NYS EMT. Her main mission is to keep you alive and well.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center5351 Samuell BlvdDallas, Texas 75228
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