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Acting Supervisor Program: Crime Scene Management
Course Category: Supervisor and Leadership Training

Notice: Notice: This module was originally created for the Vancouver Police Department and may contain VPD-specific information/policies.


Content Provider:
Vancouver Police Department


3.5 hours

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Supervisors are tasked with many different aspects of policing and must be efficient in the core competencies such as communication, coaching, problem solving and decision making, leadership, resource management, and community focus.

Acting Supervisor Program:  Crime Scene Management is one of four modules in the Acting Supervisor Program.  It addresses responsibilities and priorities for a wide range of crime scenes including collisions, homicides, in-custody deaths, sexual assaults, kidnapping, missing persons, and incidents of domestic violence.

Learning Objectives

Upon Completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe supervisor and member responsibilities regarding evidence preservation and collection at a major crime scene
  • Explain the three priorities at a major crime scene
  • Summarize a supervisor’s responsibilities in managing a major crime scene
  • Appreciate the difficulty of sudden death investigations for all individuals involved
  • Outline an NCO’s responsibilities attending at the scene of a fatal or near fatal motor vehicle incident
  • Summarize an NCO’s responsibilities when coordinating a collision investigation
  • Outline an NCO’s responsibilities at a homicide
  • Articulate the rationale for using “holdback evidence”
  • Recognize situations that constitute an in-custody death
  • Describe a supervisor’s responsibilities in relation to an in-custody death, both during and in the months after an incident
  • Differentiate between Ministry of the Attorney General and Vancouver Police Department policy on domestic violence
  • Outline the additional investigative considerations members and supervisors are responsible for at a domestic violence call
  • Summarize victim safety considerations with regards to domestic violence situations
  • Outline a supervisor’s responsibilities at sexual assault calls
  • Summarize the considerations when dealing with the crime scene, suspect(s), and victim at a sexual assault investigation
  • Describe a supervisor’s responsibilities at a child assault call
  • Describe a supervisor’s responsibilities at a voyeurism call
  • Differentiate between the various words associated with kidnappings
  • Differentiate between the different types of kidnappings
  • Review VPD’s Kidnapping Policy
  • Outline a supervisor’s responsibilities in regards to the child kidnap/abduction policy
  • Review the investigative requirements of an assigned unit with regards to a missing persons report
  • Outline a supervisor’s responsibilities when a curfew breach occurs
  • Outline a supervisor’s responsibilities when a high risk missing person’s incident occurs

Target Audience

Sworn Police, Public Safety Officer, Peace Officer / Special Constable, Other Federal, Provincial and Municipal Employees