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Lead Homicide Investigator

by Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc.

May 9 - 13, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
ILEAS Training Center
1701 East Main St.
Urbana, IL 61802
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This course is pending certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

Training Mandate Hours are pending certification by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.


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, Lead Instructor
Law & OrderRead 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 April 25.