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Jim Sears

Jim Sears

Retired Detective

Travels from Texas



For over 30 years, Sgt. Jim Sears served as a law enforcement officer with the Irving, TX police department as a patrol officer, school resource officer, and as a detective in the Youth Services, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse units. More recently, Jim was supervisor for the domestic violence, child abuse, and youth service units at the Irving Family Advocacy Center. A dedicated advocate of children, Sgt Sears currently serves as a law enforcement consultant and instructor with several agencies including the Shaken Baby Alliance for the Serious Physical Child Abuse and SIDS program, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement , Texas Municipal Police Association, and is on the design team for the new Fox Valley / OJJDP national training project for child abuse.

Sgt. Sears is the 2011 Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center ‘s recipient of its Lt. Bill Walsh Award for career achievements in the field of child abuse investigations. Sgt. Sears frequently lectures on topics related to child abuse investigations, interview and interrogation, and crime scene investigations for domestic violence and child abuse. A father of three wonderful boys, Sgt. Sears is dedicated to bringing justice to the victims of domestic violence and child abuse.


  • You Are There….. You Decide! (Scenario Based Training)

Take a team of at least three people, you will work through a case based on actual case. Using your questions, you will receive tips and evidence to process to “work the case”. There will be a short classroom instructional session followed by the initial information and then it will be up to your team to decide what should be done next. This is hands on training using realistic approaches to working cases. Classes will be limited to 10 teams (minimum of 3 team members) (maximum of 5 members) preferably from different disciplines so that all can participate.

  • Case A: Child death (90 min)
  • Case B: Child with serious injuries (90 min)
  • Applicable for: teams of investigators, child protective services, prosecutors, and MDT members
  • Interview and interrogation overview
  • Crime scene photography
  • Investigations
  • Missing children
  • Missing children with autism
  • Domestic violence
  • Strangulation
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