911 Homicide: Is the Caller the Killer?

911 Dispatch Academy

Course Description:

This course is for those who investigate and prosecute homicides focusing on the call made by all individuals during 911 homicide phone calls. Thirty percent of all murderers call in their own crime pretending to be innocent. The Indicators of Guilt and Innocence will be explained. Each Indicator is thoroughly defined, discussed and the class will use tools to analyze actual 911 homicide cases in class.

The course will raise student awareness on the importance of examining 911 calls made by individuals reporting a death or homicide, and obtaining valuable information about the offender and the offense from a critical analysis of the taped call. 

Instructor: Deputy Chief Tracy Harpster (Moraine Police Department, Moraine Ohio). Since 1984 Tracy served his department in numerous capacities before being promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief. He’s a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and served as Task Force Director in the Ohio Organized Crime Task Force Commission.

Deputy Chief Harpster achieved a B.S. from Bowling Green State University and a M.S. from the University of Cincinnati. His Master’s Thesis examined the indicators of innocence and guilt of 911 homicide callers.

He has written extensively on the subject, presented his course at national and international homicide conferences, while assisting in over 1,300 homicides cases by analyzing the 911 call to help solve the crime.

Course Details

Questions: 911training@oaklandcc.edu

*302 Funds Eligible*  
The Course is SNC Approved (SNC #HAA201403A)**