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From Crime Scene to Trial

Sept. 19–21, 2017
University of Illinois Springfield
Public Affairs Center (PAC)
2200 Ernest Hemingway Drive
Springfield, Ill. 62703


This course provides detailed instruction in the investigation of a crime scene and how seemingly unimportant details can become critical at trial. This training includes interrogation of child abuse suspects, photographing of a crime scene, witness interviews and a crime scene investigation to be conducted in the “mock house” at the University of Illinois Springfield training facilities.

Who Should Attend

For a diverse group of at least four people, consisting of any combination of the following: Prosecutor, social worker, case manager, forensic interviewer, law enforcement officer, investigator or child protection attorney.

Mock house
Mock House
Control room
Control Room
Mock court room
Mock Court Room


Day One

8 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome with team and faculty introductions
8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Investigating a Polyvictimization Case
Victor Vieth, Senior Director and Founder, Gundersen NCPTC
9 – 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 – 10 a.m. Investigating a Polyvictimization Case (continued)
10 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Investigating Child Maltreatment:
Sexual Abuse

Jim Sears, Retired Detective
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1 – 2 p.m. Interrogation of Child Abuse Suspects
2 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3 p.m. Interrogation of Child Abuse Suspects (continued)
3 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Picture This: Photographing a Child Abuse Crime Scene
Victor Vieth, Senior Director and Founder, Gundersen NCPTC
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Children Exposed to Violence
Victor Vieth, Senior Director and Founder, Gundersen NCPTC
5:15 – 6 p.m. Walk through crime scene–all teams

Day Two

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Crime scene investigation, witness interviews and MDT staff meetings
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1 – 5 p.m. Crime scene investigation (continued)
Consultation with child abuse pediatrician will be scheduled during the afternoon for each team individually

Day Three

8 – 9 a.m. Child Maltreatment Evidence Issues
Victor Vieth, Senior Director and Founder, Gundersen NCPTC
9 – 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 – 11 p.m. Final team staffing and statement preparation
11 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Team presentations
12:15 p.m. Closing


Payment Information

Gundersen NCPTC accepts the following credit cards:Credit cards

  • $499 per registrant
  • If you need to pay by check or P.O. please contact Michael Kohner ( or (507) 457-2897) to register. All registrants paying by check will be issued an invoice. Please indicate if you're using a promotional code. Online registration will only accept payment via credit card.
  • There will be a $25.00 processing fee for invoicing of registration costs.
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Cancellation policy
We offer a refund minus a $75 administrative fee for each cancelled registration. We do not offer refunds if you fail to notify us prior to the conference you can't attend. Transfers: Registrations can be transferred to a different conference location for a $25 administrative fee.

Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center (GNCPTC) reserves the right to cancel or postpone this seminar if minimum registration requirements are not met or as a result of Force Majeure. GNCPTC will make all attempts to notify registrants of cancellation or postponement at the earliest opportunity. GNCPTC is not responsible for any costs incurred by registrants due to cancellation or postponement, including but not limited to airfares and hotels.


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Gundersen NCPTC training testimonials

Very realistic training. All investigators should get training of this level.

I loved this course. I will return to our department and will persuade our lieutenant that more detectives need to attend this course.

This was the best practical scenario I have experienced. It was very well planned and prepared to exhibit a real scene and investigation.

I came into this course from an assignment in narcotics investigation and no experience in investigating sex crimes against children. Throughout the course, I gained confidence in what I’ll be facing and a far greater understanding of these types of investigations.

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact:
Michael Kohner
(507) 457-2897

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