The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP); the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), in partnership with the National Forensic Science and Technology Center (NFSTC), held a Homicide Investigation Symposium July 14-16, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. The meeting convened Federal, State, local and tribal law enforcement officers who investigate homicide cases.
The symposium encompassed a variety of topics related to homicide investigations including:
- Latest breakthroughs in crime scene technology
- Best practices for handling case management challenges
- Methods for addressing legal and prosecutorial issues
- Proven interviewing and interrogations techniques
- Tools for search and canvass management
- New findings in forensics research
The goal in hosting this symposium was to impart the knowledge, skills and resources to enable the criminal justice community to more effectively investigate homicide cases.