Overdose Death Investigations

Overdose Death Investigations

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Covers basic drug overdose death investigations and examines the issues surrounding the investigation and prosecution of these cases.

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TOPIC: As the number of deaths resulting from overdoses of heroin and fentanyl has reached epidemic proportions, it is critical for law enforcement to be fully prepared to investigate each incident.

This course will cover basic drug overdose death investigations and examine the many issues that surround the investigation and prosecution of these death cases. The course is intended for law enforcement officers, prosecutors and Medical Examiners/Coroners.

Topics to be covered include:

 Current trends related to drug overdose deaths

 Changing the mindset from accident to homicide

 Discuss how to develop agency operating procedures for investigating, tracking, and prosecuting OD death investigations.

 Gaining buy in from your agency administration and local prosecutor to pursue these investigations

 Statutory requirements and limitations when investigating OD deaths

 Responding to and investigating drug overdose deaths

 Documenting the crime scene and evidence collection (officer safety issues)

 Electronic evidence: cell phones, social media and more

 Search and seizure issues

 Witness and suspect interview techniques

 Intelligence gathering and sharing between Homicide Unit and Narcotics Unit

 Review of multiple case studies involving state and federal investigations and prosecutions

TARGET AUDIENCE: All members of the Criminal Justice and Legal community (sworn and non-sworn).

INSTRUCTOR: Major Rob Vitaliano has served as a distinguished member of the FBI/ JTTF Joint Terrorism Task Force, a SWAT Team assistant commander, Homicide Agent, Patrol Sergeant, Investigative Sergeant and Investigative Lieutenant. He holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, and Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. He is an adjunct instructor at Eastern Florida State College, Daytona State College, and a guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He currently serves as a member of an Operations Advisory Board for the Children's Advocacy Center and a member of the child death review committee within his jurisdiction.


Wednesday, July 13, 2022 - 1:00pm until 5:00pm (Eastern Time)

COST: $199.00 per person


• You will be sent a Zoom Link one week prior to the class

• We will send out the class materials electronically (via e-mail)


• Check made payable to:

TRAINING FORCE USA, 3681 Loma Farm Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309

• Purchase Order

• Credit Card payment made online

Cancellations and Substitutions:

• Upon submission of this registration, participants are responsible for payment of this course. Please note that if you do not attend, you are still responsible for payment.

• Substitutions may be made at any time by phone, e-mail or online at the registration site.

QUESTIONS: Phone: 850-251-1223 E-mail: cpichard@trainingforceusa.com


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