In the early 1980s, the Los Angeles, California Police Department (LAPD) developed a homicide investigation case file structure, entitled the Murder Book, to bring organization and standardization to homicide case files. The uniform structure of the Murder Book allows anyone involved in a homicide investigation, including detectives, supervisors, and prosecutors, to review and locate key investigative reports, photos, and other materials in a standardized manner. As a result of utilizing the Murder Book, LAPD homicide detectives are able to more effectively manage their investigative caseload.
Retired LAPD Homicide Detective John Skaggs will discuss each component of the LAPD Murder Book case management framework. Detective Skaggs will describe the value it brings to detectives, prosecutors, and others involved in law enforcement investigation and prosecution.
This webinar is intended for police departments that do not have a standardized case file structure for their homicide investigations or those that are seeking to improve an existing case file structure.
About the Speaker:
Detective John Skaggs retired in June 2017 after serving more than 30 years with LAPD. Detective Skaggs spent more than 23 years assigned to homicide investigations, was the lead detective on 165 homicide investigations, and directly supervised more than 200 homicide investigations. During the course of his career, Detective Skaggs amassed a wealth of knowledge pertaining to homicide investigation case file management and the critical components of successful homicide prosecutions.