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Specialized Training 2016


Violent Crimes Seminar

The class will provide attendees with the laws for the prosecution of violent felonies both locally and federally.

Dates: January 12
Request Deadline: December 15, 2015
Location: Training Section


Court Room Testimony

This course will help officers become more familiar and comfortable with testifying in court. This class is applicable to testimony in serious traffic cases to testimony in felony cases. Students will also learn from Defense Attorneys who will point out what not to do when testifying. Students will participate in a mock trail to emphasize training points. Assistant State’s Attorneys for Baltimore County will be presenting as well.

Dates: February 9 to 10
Request Deadline: December 15, 2015
Location: Training Section

Homeland Security

This course will discuss the history of terrorist attacks on the U.S. both overseas and internally. This class will include a detailed examination of possible indicators of preparatory conduct including behavioral patterns and an update on current terrorist threats. A comprehensive assessment of the Delmarva area will also be analyzed.

Dates: February 16
Request Deadline: December 15, 2015
Location: Training Section, Room 100

Fraud Investigation School

The class will provide attendees with the information needed to conduct an investigation involving the various forms of fraud. Topics will include information on identifying the various forms of fraud and provide you with the resources to properly investigate these types of cases. The attendee will also be provided with the information needed to determine if a credit card, document or ID is fraudulent. Upon completion of the class, the attendee will be also able to write a search and seizure warrant for fraud-related crimes and be able to identify items of evidentiary value.

Dates: February 23 to 24
Request Deadline: December 15, 2015
Location: Training Section


Fictitious Identification

This one-day class will provide information to students that can be utilized when investigating fraudulent or altered identification documents. The various presenters will share firsthand knowledge of recent local cases regarding fictitious identification and share resources to assist patrol officers with these investigations.

Dates: March 10
Request Deadline: January 15, 2016
Location: Training Section

Interview and Interrogation Seminar

This two-day seminar is designed for officers who wish to enhance their interviewing techniques with victims, witnesses and suspects. Topics covered include investigative elements of verbal and non-verbal communication, the interview setting and the development of successful interview skills.

Date: March 15 to 16
Request Deadline: January 15, 2016
Location: Training Section

Officer in Charge (OIC) School (New for 2016)

The class will provide attendees with a working knowledge of the responsibilities of an Officer-in-Charge (Acting Supervisor). The class is designed for officers who are assigned as Acting Supervisors. The class topics include: desired traits and characteristics of an Acting Supervisor, communication skills, administrative duties, administrative procedures, Incident Command and operational responsibilities.

Dates: March 24 to 25
Request Deadline: January 15, 2016
Location: Training Section


Forensics Science School

This three-day seminar is designed for officers who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of forensic science. Topics covered include DNA evidence, death investigations, computer forensics and photography and will give students an opportunity to enhance latent print skills. This School will benefit both patrol officers as well as investigators. 

Dates: April 5 to 7
Request Deadline: February 15, 2016
Location: Training Section

Animal Abuse Investigations

Topics covered will include an overview of animal abuse, including the indicators to look for along with investigating and prosecuting of this type of case. Instructors for this course include April Doherty (Paralegal, Felony Review Unit and Animal Abuse Unit) and Adam Lippe (ASA, Baltimore County).

Dates: April 21
Request Deadline: February 15, 2016
Location: Training Section

The Dynamics of Domestic Violence and Victimization

This training will focus on the dynamics of domestic violence so law enforcement will understand the scope of the problem and how to properly respond to domestic violence situations. The training will discuss various aspects of domestic violence and investigating such cases.

The topics that will be covered are as follows:

  • Interviewing in domestic violence cases
  • Facts and misconceptions about domestic violence
  • Characteristics of a batterer versus characteristics of a victim
  • Cycle of violence
  • Aspects of victimization
  • Dynamics of domestic violence
  • Warrantless arrest
  • Protection orders
  • Lethality Assessment Program
  • How to investigate strangulation cases
  • Learn about the new light source that is currently being piloted by our agency

An essential component of providing law enforcement services is ensuring that victims and witnesses are treated with compassion, fairness and dignity. The reality is that almost all citizens at some time in their lives will be touched by crime. The manner in which law enforcement responds to the victim will affect the victim’s immediate and long-term ability to deal with the situation and the victim’s willingness to cooperate and assist in prosecution. By focusing on the ripple effect that crime creates on the community we will enhance the image of our department and the constant changing needs of victims, witnesses and the entire community.

This workshop and training would benefit first line supervisors and first line responders including officers and investigators. We will discuss aspects of victimization along with the dynamics of domestic violence.

Dates: April 27 to 29
Request Deadline: February 15
Location: Training Section


Fire Investigation Seminar (New for 2016)

This class will provide attendees with the information needed to conduct an arson investigation. Attendees will also be provided with information and resources to better equip officers and investigators to handle arson cases.

Dates: May 3 to 4
Request Deadline: March 15
Location: Training Section

Law Enforcement’s Response to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a growing phenomenon at home and abroad. It is more lucrative than selling drugs, as drugs can only be sold once, but a human can be sold over and over again. The key to fighting human trafficking is law enforcement. The first step is to understand what it is and the second is to recognize it for what it is – modern-day slavery.

This training will heighten awareness and enable law enforcement to detect the crime of human trafficking.


  • How to identify trafficking victims
  • Investigating human trafficking cases
  • Understanding the mindset of a trafficking victim
  • Communicating effectively with victims
  • How to detect perpetrators

This workshop and training would benefit first-line responders including traffic officers and investigators.

Dates: May 9
Request Deadline: March 15
Location: Training Section

Field Training Officer School

This school will cover the MPCTC objectives and will certify the officer as a Field Training Officer (FTO).

Officers requesting to become FTOs:

  1. Must be off probation.
  2. Must submit a Form 12L, Intradepartmental Correspondence, to their commander with the reason(s) for consideration to become an FTO.
  3. Must attend and complete the MPCTC-approved FTO School. FTOs will be selected by his/her commander.

 Names will be forwarded from the Patrol Division Major to the Specialized Training Team. Class size will be kept to 30 students.

Dates:May 17 to 20
Request Deadline: March 15
Location: Training Section

Surveillance School (New for 2016)

Students will learn the purpose and types of surveillance, be able to understand the various surveillance techniques and the importance of clear and concise field notes.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Definitions
  • Types and levels of surveillance
  • Preparation
  • Pre-operational planning
  • Effective communication
  • Officer safety

Dates: May 23 to 24
Request Deadline: March 15
Location: Training Section


Vulnerable Adult Abuse Seminar

Topics covered include:

  • An overview of vulnerable adult abuse
  • Medicaid fraud
  • Domestic violence
  • Vulnerable adults
  • Financial exploitation of vulnerable adults

Dates: June 14
Request Deadline: April 15
Location: Training Section


Police Response to Persons in Crisis

This three-day seminar will explore all facets of police interaction with people who suffer from mental illness and those in crisis. The program will feature presentations by various members of the medical community that deal with all aspects of mental health issues. There will be numerous speakers covering topics involving various psychotic and personality disorders, and crisis intervention techniques. Students will develop contacts with resources from the treatment community that will assist them when they encounter persons in crisis.

Date: August 16 to 18
Request Deadline: June 15
Location: Training Section

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA)

This program provides information on the history and policy relating to the LEOKA (Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted) Program. The emphasis of the presentation will be focused on the final companion study, which was concluded in 2006 and resulted in a publication entitled “Violent Encounters.” This study examines 40 incidents where police officers survived life-threatening attacks.

Demographic and behavioral descriptors for the victim officers and the offenders were developed and will be presented. The findings and resulting training issues will be presented. FBI Agent Brian McAllister will be the presenter for this course.

Dates: August 29
Request Deadline: June 15
Location: Training Section


Below 100 Seminar

Below 100's goal is to identify the leading causes and current trends in preventable line of duty deaths and injuries.

The five tenets will be discussed:

  1. Wear your belt
  2. Wear your vest
  3. Watch your speed
  4. WIN (What’s Important Now)
  5. Remember – Complacency Kills!

Dates: September 6
Request Deadline: July 15
Location: Training Section

Forensic Statement Analysis School

Forensic Statement Analysis is designed to look deep into those words chosen by the author to determine what they are saying, and most importantly, what they are not saying to determine a truthful, balanced statement.

These techniques when applicable can provide investigators with the following information:

  • Is the writer telling the truth?
  • Has the writer tried to withhold information?
  • Has the writer tried to conceal the identity of the guilty party?
  • What is most important to the writer?

Using information gained from the statement analysis, we will learn how to obtain a legal confession that is admissible in court through a detailed interview and interrogation. This course will benefit patrol as well as investigative units.

Dates: September 13 to 15
Request Deadline: July 15
Location: Training Section

Criminal Investigation School

This five-day seminar is designed for officers with an interest in developing stronger investigative skills or for those officers newly assigned to an investigative unit.

Topics offered address numerous aspects of investigative techniques including:

  • Search warrant affidavits
  • The proper use of informants
  • Investigative resources
  • Various related investigative topics

One day of the school will be dedicated to techniques in interview and interrogations, coupled with analytical investigations. Another day will cover numerous concepts and techniques involved with surveillance and how it coordinates with issues involved in raid planning. During the week, the class will be broken down into teams and those teams will each be given an investigative scenario to investigate. The seminar will also involve an off-campus interactive surveillance scenario.

All information gained during the surveillance and the investigative scenario will assist the teams in writing a search warrant pertaining to the target of their investigation. Search warrants written will be reviewed and the seminar will conclude with each group’s investigation and search warrant being discussed.

Date: September 26 to 30
Request Deadline: July 15
Location: Training Section


Sovereign Citizen Movement

This program discusses the history of the Sovereign Citizen Movement. Students will learn to recognize Sovereign groups and their ideologies, as well as the signs and symbols they use.

Topics include:

  • Paper Terrorism
  • Officer safety
  • The importance of information sharing.

This course is taught by Sergeant Greg Shackelford, MSP, Criminal Intelligence and MCAC.

Dates: October 6
Request Deadline: August 15
Location: Training Section

Criminal Intelligence Seminar

This week-long seminar will update attendees on current trends and information regarding terrorist groups, hate groups, motorcycle gangs and other criminal groups. Officer safety issues will be discussed pertaining to interaction with these groups and individuals associated with the groups. Instructors will also provide students with strategies that can assist with the identification of these groups and their members.

Dates: October 10 to 14
Request Deadline: August 15
Location: Training Section

Search and Seizure Seminar

This two-day seminar will provide an in-depth discussion and class interaction regarding the Fourth Amendment and its relation to search and seizure. Case law will be discussed as it relates to the elements of search and seizure. Admissibility principals will be discussed as well. Search warrant development and content will be discussed.

Date: October 19 to 20
Request Deadline: August 15
Location: Training Section

Desk Officer School (New for 2016)

The class will provide attendees with a working knowledge of the responsibilities of a desk officer. Databases and record checks will be reviewed along with procedures for a variety of desk positions.

Dates: October 27
Request Deadline: August 15
Location: Training Section


Street-Level Narcotics School (New for 2016)

This course is designed for officers who have an interest in developing the skills needed for conducting narcotics investigations. Topics covered during this training will give the students a better understanding of the investigative techniques utilized by narcotics investigators and the progression of a narcotics investigation from the initial complaint to its conclusion. This training will contain classroom instruction and hands-on scenario-based exercises.

This training will be a good introduction for students wishing to pursue a possible assignment within the Vice-Narcotics Section.         

Dates: November 1 to 3
Request Deadline: September 15
Location: Training Section

Impacts of Social Media

This course will give officers an overview of the Internet including:

  • Popular websites, apps and online gaming
  • In-depth review of the effects of social media on juveniles, young adults and adults
  • Exposure to extreme violence or sexual content
  • Online predators
  • Cyber-bullying

Dates: November 4
Request Deadline: September 15
Location: Training Section

The Effects of Critical Incident on Law Enforcement Officers

This course will cover the Effects a critical incident has on an officer. This class is open to all law enforcement officers and will cover the emotional aftermath of a critical incident through to the officer’s return to duty. This course will include an open forum and class discussion.

Dates: November 10
Request Deadline: September 15
Location: Training Section


Child Abuse and Exploitation Seminar

This seminar uses experts to explore the problem of child physical and sexual abuse.

Topics will include:

  • Investigative techniques
  • I interviewing children
  • Interrogating the perpetrator
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Offender treatment.

Case studies will be provided and experts will speak on the impact these crimes have on the victims and their families. Federal and local prosecutors will discuss recent changes to laws related to their prosecution of these cases.

Dates: December 5 to 9
Request Deadline: October 15
Location: Training Section

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