Police officers from four states and Canada, including agencies from the Suncoast, are in Venice this week to get a crash course on the latest in homicide crime-solving techniques from an expert in the field.
Vernon Geberth is a former lieutenant commander with the New York Police Department who has 46 years of death investigation experience, working more than 8,000 homicides in his career. He’s the president of PHI Investigative Consultants Inc. He’s teaching a three-day course called Practical Homicide Investigation. Geberth says he’s written seven textbooks on the subject and edited another 65 more.
Venice Police Chief Tom McNulty and his department is hosting the course at the Ramada Inn in Venice. In addition to Venice officers, members of the Sarasota, Charlotte and Manatee county sheriff’s offices are in attendance, along with the Sarasota Police Department. The chief says it doesn’t matter what size your agency is, you have to be ready.
“All you need is one, and when you respond to that, you’re working for that victim,” McNulty said.
Geberth tells SNN he’s had to update the lesson on DNA as the technology continues to evolve. Due to the nature of the class and showing actual homicide scenes during the course, no cameras were allowed inside during Geberth’s instruction.
The course runs daily through Wednesday.