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Conducted by the Roger Williams University Justice System Training & Research Institute
in partnership with the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.

2-day Program – Monday, April 28 – Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Registration 8:00am -8:30am (Monday, April 28th
Presentation: 8:30am – 4:30 pm

Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn & Conference Center
144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

The Arson Investigations Seminar will address the role of a fire investigation professional from the fire scene to the courtroom including the six simple questions a fire investigator should be able to answer about their investigative effort and the associated origin and cause determination. Instructors will highlight the importance of understanding and conducting an investigation utilizing the proper methodology, validating information and opinions, and why investigators need to constantly evaluate the reliability of their opinions in the context of offering expert testimony in court. There will be an emphasis on the importance of a thorough understanding of NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921, discussed in the context of professional development, conducting a competent and proper investigation, and offering an expert origin and cause opinion in the courtroom. Case studies will be utilized to illustrate the differences between fire scenes processed correctly so that the proper conclusion was reached and those that were not processed in accordance with NFPA 921 leading to incorrect hypothesis and conclusions.

This seminar will be facilitated by Joseph Toscano and David Cheers. Joe Toscano has been involved in all aspects of the field of fire investigation and case management for more than thirty five years. He is an internationally known lecturer and author on effective investigative techniques and solutions for the Insurance Industry, Law Enforcement, Fire Service and Legal professions. His expertise includes Fire Origin and Cause, Large Loss Investigation Management, Curriculum Development, Claim Division and SIU Training, Subrogation, and Fraud Investigation.

David Cheers has professional experiences first as a police officer with the Fernandina Beach and then Jacksonville International Airport Police Departments before service as a firefighter with the Clay County Fire Department, Orange Park FL, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. In 1997, he became a detective and investigator with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office where he served as the primary investigator for a large portion of the state. Following retirement, David began his employment with Jack Ward Fire Consultants where he serves as the Field Operations Manager and supervises a team of specialized fire consultants conducting fire and explosion investigations throughout the United States and abroad. He is a certified fire investigator and is accepted as an expert in State and Federal courts where he has testified many times.

The cost for the seminar is $260.00 which includes continental breakfast, breaks, lunch, and materials. Checks should be made payable to the Roger Williams University JST&RI, 144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Travel, lodging and evening meals are the responsibility of the attendee; however area hotels have provided a special rate for personnel in attendance at this course. Telephone inquiries should be made to Liz Campo, Administrative Assistant to the School of Justice Studies at (401) 254-3731 (or e-mail her at fax (401) 254-3351.


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