MDIAI 2017 Educational Conference



From Crime Scene to Courtroom

    April 11 - 13, 2017    -    Hattiesburg, MS

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Laura Pettler  -  Forensic Criminologist

As a former District Attorney's Investigator, current Deputy Coroner, and practitioner in the field, Dr. Laura Pettler specializes in field work, consulting, research, and teaching investigation and reconstruction of staged crime scenes in domestic violence homicide hot and cold cases. Laura's passion for her work is exemplified in everything she does from her writing to teaching, her former music career and in her TV commentary. Laura is the author of the world's first book on crime scene staging and she enthusiastically works to build systems, methods, and models used in homicide investigation. She is the inventor of the Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction System as seen on CSI TV programs on major networks. Laura frequently appears on television and radio shows.

Topics Include Overviews of:

+ Pettler’s Victim-Centered Death Investigation Methodology    + Statement Analysis
+ Crime Scene Investigation                                                              + 9-11 Call Analysis
+ Crime Scene & Laboratory Report Analysis                                 + Crime Scene Reconstruction
+ Forensic Victimology                                                                       + Investigative Wound-Pattern Analysis + Demonstration of the Kaleidoscope System                               + Forensic Suspectology    
+ Pettler's Conflict > Resolution > Benefit Matrix                           + The Crime Scene Synthesis Matrix


   Additional Topics & Workshops Include:

+ Crime Scene Photography                                                                                 + Collection of Biological Samples (Katie's Law)
+ Crime Scene Diagrams & Courtroom Exhibits                                                + Courtroom Testimony
+ Collection & Documentation of Latent Prints                                                 + More TBA

                          Alton Dandridge

Due to the unexpected passing of Mr. Dandridge we have made an adjustment to our conference agenda.  Please see the new schedule for updated information.  We were all anxious to hear Mr. Dandridge speak and are saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Dandridge's family during this difficult time.

       Conference Venue

University of Southern Mississippi - Thad Cochran Center

Thad Cochran Center
University of Southern Mississippi
121 W Memorial Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

       Social Event

Join us on the afternoon of April 11 for tailgating and baseball as we watch USM take on Ole Miss at Pete Taylor Park! 

Entrance into the game and social event are included in your registration fee.

Each additional guest (non-registered attendee) is $20. See conference application for details. 

       Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott

119 Grand Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-268-3050
Fax: 601-264-9205

Click here to book your room! Ask for the "government employee rate" to secure your discount!

Click here to view the conference schedule.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own photography equipment, however, this is not a requirement.

This conference counts as 24 Continuing Education/Law Enforcement Education Hours.

We look forward to seeing you in April!

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