Seminar Title

Officer Involved Shooting

Dates of Events

05/18/2022 through 05/20/2022

Last Updated: 01/10/2022
Instructor(s): David Rivers
Location: Macomb Community College - 21901 Dunham Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48036
Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Detroit/Chesterfield - 45725 Marketplace Blvd, Chesterfield, MI 48051
Course Registration Fee: $325
Instructor Bio
David Rivers
David W. Rivers, Sgt. (Retired)
Metro-Dade Police Department
Miami, Florida

David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau of the Metro-Dade Police Department after 27 years of service. David was assigned to the Homicide Bureau for 20 of those 27 years, 4 years as a Detective and 16 years as a supervisor. In those capacities, he conducted and assisted in several hundred death investigations including homicides, suicides, non-vehicular accidental deaths and numerous officer involved shootings. On April 11, 1986 he was assigned as the supervisor of the F.B.I. Shooting in Miami which, to date, is still the largest shootout in the Bureau’s history. In 1988 he was assigned as the supervisor of the “Cold Case Squad” which was responsible for continuing investigation of information received on over 1,800 open homicides dating back to 1951. Additionally, he has consulted on cases in Canada, Holland, United Kingdom, as well as the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Nova University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.

David is a Charter Member and past member of the Board of Directors of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. In 2012, he received an Excellence and Life Time Achievement Award from the I.H.I.A. for death investigation and training. Additionally, he is a member of several state homicide investigators associations. He is a current member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Training Association. (I.L.E.E.T.A.), International Police Association (I.P.A.) Region 43, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (A.C.J.S.) and the Police Section of A.C.J.S. In April of 2010, he was certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science ® Institute Limited. He again attended the certification course in 2017 (as a refresher).

He is currently the President of Voice & Ink Enterprises, Inc., a Florida Corporation that specializes in law enforcement training and expert witness testimony. David has been teaching law enforcement officers since 1981 and is currently an instructor for the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute. He has instructed law enforcement officers in 48 states and 3 foreign countries. He specializes in Homicide Investigations and Officer Involved Shootings.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Officer Involved Shooting
Use of Deadly Force Criminal Investigation
“How You Conduct the Investigation Matters”
Training Goals and Objectives: 
There is arguably no single event that can traumatize a police agency more than a police officer involved shooting incident. The criticism and intense scrutiny generated by the media, community activists, the general public, and the criminal justice system itself, can be enormous. Civil judgments resulting from such cases can debilitate a police organization for years, have an adverse effect on employee moral, and hamper agency effectiveness through the erosion of public opinion. It is, therefore, imperative that every police department prepare in earnest for this inevitable eventuality. It is also essential that the investigator charged with the task of leading a police officer involved investigation become equally prepared.
The purpose of this course is to provide attendees with investigative knowledge that is applicable to all officers involved shooting incidents, regardless of the size of their department. Police officer involved shootings are vastly different from any other type of investigation. The stakes for the shooting officer and his department are so high that it is imperative that the investigation be conducted prescribed, impartial manner. This course will provide those in attendance with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to handle any deadly force incident.
Training Audience and Content:
This course is intended for those investigators who are specifically assigned to the criminal investigation of officer involved shootings and other in-custody deaths. It is also appropriated for those detectives or uniform personnel who may be required to assist in these types of investigations. Others who could benefit from the training includes: crime scene technicians, medical examiners/coroners investigators, supervisors, military investigators, criminal analysts, and prosecuting attorneys. This class, due to the sensitive nature of the subject material, attendance is restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel, or those directly involved in the criminal justice system.
Class Format:
This course is designed in 2½-day sessions. Instruction is provided through the use of Keynote and/or Power Point presentation that makes liberal use of authentic crime scene photographs. This, along with the instructor’s personal experiences, insures that the topics discussed are portrayed as realistically as possible. Handouts and videos are used as instructional aids.
Content of this course contains numerous death scene photographs that are highly graphic and intense. Due to the sensitive nature of this material, attendance is restricted to sworn law enforcement personnel, or those directly involved in the criminal justice system.

***12 High Risks Critical Tasks in Law Enforcement***
A) The Process of the Investigation
A) Investigation A - Z
A) Protected Health Information and Use of Force
 What Supports the Investigations
B) Miranda
B) Off Duty v On Duty
B) The Police Culture and Emotional Survival
B) Shootings Involving Federal Agents
B) Documentation
B) Trending, and New
B) Cameras
B) Fatigue Threshold
B) The Officer as a Victim

B) Memory and Trauma
B) Interviewing Involved Officers
C) Procedural Issues That Guide the Investigation
C) Procedural Issues in Deadly Force
Analysis of the F.B.I. Shooting in Miami on April 11, 1986
What this class is and what this class isn’t:
This class will discuss subjects that are related and important to the investigation of Officer Involved Shootings.
It will
NOT be a “step by step how to investigate” class. Each department has different procedures and exists in different states, different counties, different cities and different judicial circuits. The class will cover: general principles and issues that occur in all OIS cases as well as Federal Court Decisions that govern what we can and should not do.
It is not a “crime scene” class or an “administrative” class but will concentrate on the aspects of the criminal investigation, with some consideration to the administrative and crime scene issues.
The subjects are divided into three sections:
(A) The process of the investigation itself
(B) What supports the investigation
(C) Procedural Issues that guide the investigation.