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Lead Homicide Investigator

by Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates

Apr. 5 - 9, 2021
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  $495.00
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Law Update  (annual)
  • Civil Rights  (3 year)
  • Constitutional & Proper Use of Authority  (3 year)
  • Cultural Competency  (3 year)
  • Human Rights  (3 year)
  • Procedural Justice  (3 year)


This comprehensive 40-hour program for lead homicide investigators provides instruction on investigating and prosecuting death cases — from the start of the investigation through evidence collection, suspect interviews, press conferences, trial testimony and ultimately conviction. Learn state-of-the-art techniques from an ex-Commander of a Major Crimes Task Force, and a highly experienced Prosecutor.


  • Introduction to Homicide Investigations
  • Managing and Evaluating the Crime Scene
  • Death Notifications
  • Cause and Manner of Death
  • Death Certifications
  • Investigative Tactics
  • Sources of Information
  • Internet and Cell Phone Technology
  • Developing Cold Case Leads
  • Task Force Operations
  • Information Control and Distribution
  • Managing the News Media
  • Miranda and Electronic Recordings
  • Multiple Methods of Interview and Interrogation
  • Elements of Written and Formal Statements
  • False Confessions
  • 4th Amendment Law
  • 5th Amendment Law
  • Report Writing
  • Trial Preparation and Testimony
  • (Multiple Case Studies and Analysis)


Lou Tessmann

Lou Tessmann, CFI
Wicklander‐Zulawski & AssociatesRead more

Jeffrey J. Pavletic

Jeffrey J. Pavletic, First Asst. State's Attorney
Lake County State's Attorney's OfficeRead more


Please register for this course by March 15.