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Specialized Training

The Specialized Training Team coordinates the presentation of specific and focused courses of interest to police officers. The purpose is to continue the knowledge and expertise of the officer over and above the generic instruction provided in recruit training. The Team strives to offer a diverse selection of topics each year.

All Specialized Training courses are located at the Training Section. Download a Training Request Form (PDF). Further information on any of the above topics can be obtained by calling Sergeant Michael Burton at 410-887-5680 or George Thiess at 410-887-5643.



Forensic Science Seminar

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. 

Date: April 3 to 5
Request Deadline: February 15

Animal Abuse Investigation Seminar

Topics covered will include an overview of animal abuse, including the indicators to look for along with investigating and prosecuting 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).

Date: April 21
Request Deadline: February 15

Dynamics of Domestic Violence and Victimization

This training will focus on the dynamics of domestic violence, enabling law enforcement to 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
  • Characteristics of a victim
  • The cycle of violence
  • Warrantless arrest
  • Protection orders
  • The Lethality Assessment Program.

We also will learn how to investigate strangulation cases and see 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 training will 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.

Date: April 25 to 27
Request Deadline: February 15


Law Enforcement's Response to Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a growing phenomenon at home and abroad. It is more lucrative then 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.

Topics discussed include how to:

  • Identify trafficking victims
  • Investigate human trafficking cases
  • Understand the mindset of a trafficking victim
  • Communicate effectively with victims and to detect perpetrators.

Dates: May 10
Request Deadline: March 15

Surveillance Seminar

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. Other topics include:

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

Date: May 16 to 17
Request Deadline: March 15

Child Abduction Response Planning Seminar

New for 2017, this course will provide the information necessary to develop a plan of response to a child abduction. Within U.S. Law Enforcement there is no crisis more urgent than a missing child and the inherent threat to the child’s life. Child abductions are of critical importance, requiring timely response and appropriate application of all available resources. This course is being taught by experienced FBI agents assigned to the Behavioral Analysis and Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.

Date: May 23 to 24
Request Deadline: March 15


Vulnerable Adult Abuse Seminar

Topics covered include an overview of vulnerable adult abuse, Medicaid fraud, domestic violence and the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Dates: June 6
Request Deadline: April 15


Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA)

This program provides information on the history and policy relating to the LEOKA program. The emphasis of the presentation will focus 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


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 7
Request Deadline: July 15

Forensic Statement Analysis Seminar

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.

When applicable, these techniques 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.

Date: September 12 to 14
Request Deadline: July 15

Desk Officer Seminar

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: September 21
Request Deadline: July 15

Criminal Investigation Seminar

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 and 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 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 25 to 29
Request Deadline: July 15


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 2 to 6
Request Deadline: August 15

Officer in Charge (OIC) Seminar

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

Date: October 4 to 5
Request Deadline: August 15

Sovereign Citizen Movement Seminar

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. Other topics include paper terrorism, officer safety and the importance of information sharing. This course is taught by Sergeant Greg Shackelford, MSP-Criminal Intelligence-MCAC.

Date: October 12
Request Deadline: August 15

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 18 to 19
Request Deadline: August 15

De-escalation and Conflict Resolution through Crisis Intervention Training

New for 2017, this five-day course uses a nationally recognized model which includes topics on de-escalation skills. The class further cultivates the officer’s knowledge in areas such as:

  • Behavioral health
  • Crisis intervention
  • Substance abuse
  • Self-aid after a traumatic incident
  • Interaction with specialized populations.

The knowledge and skills gained will give officers additional resources to use when encountering individuals struggling with a crisis exacerbated by these fundamental issues. The training is interactive and will incorporate outside providers, speakers and practical exercises, resulting in an integrated training experience. At the conclusion of the training, attendees will be certified in Behavioral Health First Aid as well as Crisis Intervention Techniques.  

Date: October 23 to 27
Request Deadline: August 15


Impacts of Social Media Seminar

This course will give officers an overview of the Internet including popular websites, apps and online gaming with an in-depth review of the effects of social media on juveniles, young adults and adults. Topics will include exposure to extreme violence or sexual content, predators and cyber bullying.

Dates: November 2
Request Deadline: September 15

Street-Level Narcotics Seminar

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 7 to 9
Request Deadline: September 15

Effects of a 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-class discussion.

Dates: November 14
Request Deadline: September 15

Courtroom Testimony Seminar

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 trial to emphasize training points.

Assistant State’s Attorneys for Baltimore County will also be presenting.

Dates: November 28 to 29
Request Deadline: September 15


Child Abuse and Exploitation Seminar

This seminar uses experts to explore the problem of child physical and sexual abuse. Topics will include investigative techniques, interviewing children, interrogating the perpetrator, behavioral analysis and 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 4 to 8
Request Deadline: October 15

Revised March 24, 2017         


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