202 – Advanced Interviewing for the Criminal Defense Investigator
– This course builds upon and enhances
theories and concepts of investigative interviewing covered in the introductory
Component Method training. Investigative interviewing, as distinct
from interrogation and/or talk therapy, is discussed as it relates to
the process of criminal defense. Practical issues, such as the
significance of sworn statements and witness interviewing strategies,
are covered, as are the purpose and theory behind Kinesic interviewing,
cognitive interviewing, standard law enforcement interviews, and the
visual imagery techniques. The theory of Forensic Testimonial
Evidence Recovery is introduced to the seasoned investigator.
Other practical and theoretical issues relevant to the role of the criminal
defense investigator are also addressed. The significance of interviewing
to obtain “testimonial evidence” from a forensic perspective is
- TEXT: To be announced.
- Can be presented in a two (2) to four (4) hour
or eight (8) to twelve (12) hour formats.
203 – Ethics and Critical Thinking for Criminal Defense Investigation
– This course examines
the scope and nature of professional ethics in criminal defense investigation
and illustrates the role of critical and creative thinking as the investigator’s
most important professional skill. Analytical, philosophical,
and psychological theories will be discussed as they apply to practical
investigative tasks. A scenario based learning format will be
used to raise ethical issues for discussion and to provide a context
for interactive investigative case analysis.
- TEXT: Critical and Ethical Foundations
of Criminal Defense Investigation, Grego, R.
- Can be conducted in two (2) to four (4) hour or
eight (8) hour formats.
204 – Forensic Applications
– In this course basic applications of criminal forensic science are
examined as they apply to criminal defense investigation. The
investigator’s ability to utilize forensic experts as investigative
tools is emphasized. Topics include: how to critique a crime scene,
documentation/photography, blood detection/spatter interpretation, true
evidence, gun shot, prints, and DNA.
- TEXT: Injury and Death Investigations
- Can be presented in two (2) to four (4) hour or
eight (8) hour formats.
– Special Topics
205 – Homicide Investigation
– In this program, you will learn about a variety of homicides committed
in America. This seminar will provide thought provoking analysis
of the different types of murders including mass murder, gang related
homicide, terrorist acts, drug related deaths, and domestic violence
homicide. In this three-hour seminar, you will learn defense investigation
techniques and methods of uncovering reasonable doubt in a homicide
investigation. You will evaluate a variety of homicides in an
analytical format, which will enhance your development as a criminal
207 – Testifying: Direct and Cross Examination Practicum
– This course discusses the essential knowledge and skills required
in order to effectively present investigative data and analysis in court.
Participants will receive scenario-based training in courtroom demeanor
Public Defender Intern Investigator Training Program
– The Public Defender Intern Investigator Training Program is provided
to Public Defender agencies that wish to either augment or restructure
their investigative staff. The program enables an office to train,
supervise, and maintain an investigative contingent of interns capable
of intake, processing, interviewing clients, and conducting investigations.
This program has been successfully implemented by the 19th
Judicial Circuit office of the Florida Public Defender. It entails
a comprehensive process whereby lead investigators or training coordinators
and/or staff are trained in the Component Method of criminal defense
investigation for the purpose of training and supervising intern investigators.
The office is also provided forms and guidelines regarding how to successfully
utilize and maintain an intern program. Follow up training and
consulting is also provided. This program has been an invaluable
resource for the 19th Judicial Circuit Office of the Public
Defender since 1994, saving the agency thousands of dollars yearly and
providing hundreds of investigative hours free of charge.
150 hour training program consists of academy level instruction presented
by Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigators. The program
of study generally runs a course of three months but can be customized
to suit the needs of each individual agency. Upon successful completion
of the program, intern investigators receive a training certificate
documenting the valuable training and experience obtained while enrolled
in the program. Field and Academic Commendations are presented
to deserving students as well as the presentation of the “Sleuth Award”
to the student who distinguishes themselves among their peers.
- Tuition Free. Textbook fee of $ 30.00
CDITC CERTIFIED FACULTY MEMBERS
A. Perron, CCDI, FCI – Brandon
A. Perron founded Investigative Support Specialist, Inc. in 1989 following
meritorious service as a Criminal Investigator with the United States
Air Force and as a Florida Public Defender Investigator. In 1998
he was named one of the “Top Ten Private Investigation leaders in
the United States”,
by P.I. Magazine and has been qualified by the courts as an “expert
in criminal investigation”. Mr. Perron earned the designation
as a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and a Florida Certified
Investigator and is recognized nationally as a leader in his field.
He has successfully investigated thousands of complex criminal cases,
including hundreds of homicides and sexual battery cases. Mr.
Perron is the author of Uncovering Reasonable Doubt: The Component
Method – Comprehensive Guide for the Criminal Defense Investigator,
an industry guide for conducting criminal defense investigations.
Mr. Perron and his staff have assisted some of the nation’s finest trial
lawyers in clearing over 300 defendants falsely accused of a crime and
countless cases resulting in reduced charges and attractive plea bargains.
He continues to lecture and train government and private sector investigators
across the country as the National Director of the Criminal Defense
Investigation Training Council and the training director for the Florida
19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender. Mr. Perron founded
and developed the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council, which
was spawned from the program he developed for the Florida Public Defender
System. He is also the developer and instructor for the Investigative
Studies Program at the Criminal Justice Training Institute, Indian River
Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida. Mr. Perron is also
an active member of the National Defender Investigator Association,
The National Association of Legal Investigators, and the Florida Association
of Licensed Investigators.
Richard F. Grego, CCDI, CPE
– Dr. Richard F. Grego is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator
and holds a M.A. degree in history and a doctorate in philosophy from
the State University of New York. He is also the Academic Director
for the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council. Dr. Grego’s
study of philosophy as it relates to the concept of truth is demonstrated
in his capacity as a Certified Polygraph Examiner and graduate of The
International Academy of Polygraph. Dr. Grego has taught critical
thinking, philosophy, and history at the State University of New York,
Castleton State College in Vermont, and Indian River Community College,
where he is currently a member of the faculty. He has investigative
experience as a Florida Public Defender Investigator, Florida State
Department of Probation and Parole Investigative Specialist, and as
a Private Investigator in New York, Boston, and Florida where he currently
maintains licensing. Dr. Grego’s philosophical approach to the
discipline of criminal defense investigation has revolutionized the
professional perspective of the investigative process.
A. Perron, CCDI, FCI – Bradley
A. Perron is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and a Florida
Certified Investigator. He has been qualified by the courts as
an “expert in the discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis and blood
detection”. Mr. Perron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biological
science and a minor in mathematics from Roger Williams College in Rhode
Island. Mr. Perron is also a graduate of numerous specialized
training programs including Significance of Bloodstain Evidence, Detecting
Blood at the Crime Scene, The Investigation of Death, and several other
forensic technology programs. He is a member of the International
Association of Identification, one of the oldest and most respected
associations committed to the science of forensic identification.
Mr. Perron is a member of the faculty at Indian River Community College
and a member of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council
Executive Council. He is also a member of Mensa – The High IQ
Society and demonstrates his intellectual acuity on a variety of assignments
presenting difficult questions.
P. Shamshak Sr., CCDI – Thomas
P. Shamshak, Sr. is the President of Shamshak Investigative Services,
Inc., a full service private investigation firm with offices in Boston,
Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. He established his
business in 1999, after a 21 year law enforcement career. He served
in three Massachusetts police agencies. From 1978 to 1990, he
was a member of the Somerville Police Department, where he rose to the
rank of Lieutenant, and served as Night Patrol Commander. From
1990 to 1995, he was Chief of the Spencer Police Department. From
1995 to 1999, he was Chief of the Winthrop Police Department.
In 1976, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology at Suffolk
University. In 1980, he earned a Master of Science degree at Northeastern
University’s Graduate School of Criminal Justice. Mr. Shamshak
is a graduate of the Boston Police Academy and ranked number one in
his class. He attended the New England Institute of Law Enforcement
Management at Babson College, as well as the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive
Development Seminar. He has taught criminal justice courses at
Middlesex Community College and Anna Maria College. He has served
as a trainer and consultant for police agencies, municipalities, the
Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, the Massachusetts Chiefs
of Police Association, the Massachusetts Trial Court, the National Internal
Affairs Investigators Association, the U.S. Department of Justice, and
the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He is a member of the Licensed
Private Detectives Association of Rhode Island. He is also a member
of the Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts, and
serves as a member of the LPDAM’s Board of Directors. Mr. Shamshak
is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and is an Executive
Council member of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council.
Whalen, CCDI – Matthew Whalen
is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator with over a decade
of experience as an investigator with the Connecticut State Public Defender
system. His criminal justice experience also includes two years
with the Connecticut Department of Corrections and six years as a Deputy
Sheriff with the New Haven County Sheriff’s Department. He is
a nationally respected and distinguished member of the criminal defense
investigation profession and currently serves as the vice-president
of the National Defender Investigator Association. Mr. Whalen
is also a prominent member of the CDITC Executive Council.
J. Murnan, CCDI – Mark J.
Murnan is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator who has extensive
experience in the discipline of criminal defense investigation.
He spent six years as an investigator for the Florida Public Defender,
15th Judicial Circuit, West Palm Beach, Florida and three
years as a private contractor conducing court appointed indigent investigations.
For the past seven years Mr. Murnan has been employed as a Federal Public
Defender Investigator for the Southern District of Florida and has recently
entered into the private sector specializing in criminal defense investigation.
He holds a BA degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska
and is currently a member of the CDITC Advisory Board as well as a Regional
Director for the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators.
McDaniel, CCDI, FCI – Gary
McDaniel is one of Florida’s most respected private investigation leaders.
He is the owner and principal of Pretext Services, Inc., of West Palm
Beach, and specializes in high profile criminal cases. He has
gained extensive national recognition for his investigative expertise,
offering commentary for a number of network news programs including
the Fox Network. Mr. McDaniel is a Board Certified Criminal Defense
Investigator and a Florida Certified Investigator. In addition,
he is a member of the CDITC Advisory Board and recipient of the CDITC
Meritorious Service Award in 2001 for his actions in an international
criminal case. He hold BA degree in Criminal Justice from Florida
L.Queen, CCDI – Diana L.
Queen, Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator and national advisory
board member of the Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council,
currently works for the Capital Trial Branch, Department of Public Advocacy
in Frankfort, Kentucky. Prior to her current role, she investigated
death penalty cases with the Capital Post Conviction Branch of the same
agency. Ms. Queen is a graduate of the Kentucky State Police Academy,
serving as a Trooper and Detective throughout eastern and central Kentucky.
Ms. Queen holds specialized certifications from the DEA and the FBI
in Narcotics Investigation and Applied Science and has 12 years experience
in the Law Enforcement and the Criminal Justice field. Ms. Queen
attended Marshall University, Murray State University, and is currently
pursuing a BA in Organizational Management. Ms. Queen is a teacher
and advisor with the Kentucky Innocence Project in collaboration with
law students at the University Law School and Northern Kentucky University
Law Schools. She also has been a guest lecturer at the Kentucky
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL).