Investigative Analyis

Instructor: Kenneth Morris

Course Overview

The need for Criminal Investigative Analysis (formerly referred to as Psychological Profiling) training has become increasingly recognized over the past few years as law enforcement agencies across the country encounter an ever increasing number of rapes and homicides committed by unknown offenders. As we move through this decade and beyond, it seems apparent that police administrators will require highly trained, competent people to collect, collate, and analyze data to help them effectively deal with these problems. But before any problem can be resolved, it first must be identified. Armed with the information regarding the types of crimes occurring in their jurisdictions, investigators, if properly trained, are uniquely positioned to utilize the information presented in this course to not only identify when serial crimes are occurring, but to identify the personality and behavioral characteristics of the type of person most likely to have committed the crimes. However, while criminal profiling is particularly useful in cases of serial rape and homicide, it also can be extremely useful in the investigation of many single cases of rape or homicide..

This is an 8-week (40 hour) course that provides you with techniques you can use immediately to solve the real-world problems that daily confront the law enforcement community. Once trained, you will be able to save countless hours by focusing your investigations on the most likely type of person to have committed the immediate crime, predict what the offender did before the offense, what he did during the crime, and anticipate his expected post-offense behavior following the event. In investigations with extensive suspect lists, the savings in time to develop lead prioritizations can be substantial.

Presented in a comfortable, non-threatening environment that permits both individualized and group instruction, the course takes a “learn-by-doing” approach that gives students many opportunities to actually perform the tasks associated with the criminal profiling process. Participants will be taught how to read a crime scene and how to use crime scene information to develop a “portrait” of the offender’s childhood, family background, sexual history, appearance, lifestyle, and other relevant personal information which is then used to identify the type of person most likely to have committed the immediate crimes. This format of instruction allows for not only a highly interactive exchange between the student and the facilitator, but offers unique opportunities for group interaction and collaboration as well.

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This course is particularly suited to sex crimes investigators and homicide investigators to help them identify patterns and potential subjects  for the most heinous crimes.

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Patrol Officers

This couse is also for patrol officers who may be in a position to recognize the characteristics of serial crimes.  This course will help them identify the characteristics of offenders who commit the crimes of rape and homicide.

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Crime Analysts

The course if also great for Crime Analysts responible for providing assistance to sex crimes or homicise investigators.  You’ll learn how to recognize the signatures of serial rapists or serial homicide suspects.

What People Are Saying About This Course

“This is a very good class. It is what I was looking for as far as attempting to see what is going on in the minds of some of these killers and some indicators that someone may be involved in this activity.”

SGT. MARY HEAP, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office


“This was a great class. It provided me with additional investigative tools.”

SGT. JUNE REEVES, Columbus Police Department


“The subject material is very interesting, realistic and enlightening, and Ken is an excellent instructor. Because of this course we were able to see things we would otherwise be unable to access.”

JODI TAYLOR, Analyst, Thunder Bay Police Service


“This class is an absolutely exceptional overview of the diabolical nature of serial offenders — extremely disturbing on several levels, but necessary to provide a true representation of the caliber of homicide and rape offenders. I appreciated the variety of instruction/presentation that included traditional lecture, videos, case studies and classroom discussions that were very beneficial to the understanding of this complex subject matter. Thank you!”

LARA HOOVER, Investigative Analyst, Arizona Office of Child welfare Investigations

What I most enjoyed about this program is that students learn from the personal experience of the instructor, who is truly a great investigator and profiler. The course gives a solid foundation for investigators and analysts to learn more about the profiling process, and provides the basic knowledge and sources for expanding your on-the-job capabilities.”

EVE TABEAU, Senior Research Officer, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
The Hague, Netherlands

What You’ll Get


More Than 8 Hours of Video Lessons

Self-paced: take the course wherever and  whenever you like.

What You’ll Learn

This course will provide you with an arsenal of techniques you can use to identify the physical, behavioral, and personality characteristics of offenders who commit the crimes of rape and homicide, particularly serial rape and homicide offenses. We’ll demystify essential professional skills involving various operational issues. Through lecture, demonstration, and the use of audio and video media, all participants will have the opportunity to analyze cases involving actual killers and rapists and to then develop and practice their profiling skills by creating their own in-class profiles. This format of instruction not only allows for a highly interactive exchange between participants and the facilitator, but creates a climate that is highly conducive to the learning process as well!

Course Content

  • How to Recognize the Serial Aspects of Crime
  • Uses and Misuses of Investigative Analysis Techniques
  • Telltale Clues—How to Recognize the All-lmportant Signatures of Serial Homicide Suspects
  • Wound Examinations and the “Hidden Information” They Provide About Victims and Killers
  • How To Link Cases Together
  • How to Identify the Physical, Psychological, Behavioral, Emotional and Personality Characteristics of Offenders Who Commit the Crimes of Rape and Homicide
  • Answering the BIG Questions-How to Determine If, When, and Where Offenders May Strike Again, and Who May be the Next Likely Target
  • Work Smarter, Not Harder!-How to Focus an Investigation
  • How to Develop Suspect Leads for “Arresting” Results
  • How to Prepare Comprehensive Reports of Analyses
  • Beware the Femme Fatale!-How Female Serial Killers Differ from Male Serial Killers
  • Types of Serial Homicide Offenders-Differences between Organized, Disorganized, Mixed, Lust, and Sadistic Killers
  • Types of Serial Rape Offenders-Differences between Power Reassurance, Power Assertive, Anger Retaliation and Anger Excitation Rapists
  • Critical Differences in Crime Scenes-How to Instantly Distinguish between Abduction Sites, Killing Sites, and Dump Sites
  • Who Murders-and Why! Social and Environmental Factors that Shape the Killer’s Life
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Your Instructor: Kenneth Morris

Kenneth Morris, B.A., is a veteran police officer who specializes in the art of criminal investigative analysis. As one of only 75 active criminal profilers in the world, Ken has been providing behavioral assistance to local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies for over a decade.

Ken’s unique expertise began with his service as an investigator in the Violent Crimes Unit for the Bureau of Criminal Investigations of the Virginia State Police. In 2002 he entered the renowned and highly esteemed Criminal Profiling Certification Program of the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship, an organization whose membership includes active and retired profilers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Texas Rangers, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, the New Scotland Yard and numerous other superb law enforcement agencies from throughout the world. Ken’s profiling Certification included the review and assessment of hundreds of active cases and his participation in over sixty specialized crime topics taught by nationally recognized experts in the field of violent crime and sexual deviancy research Group.

Ken Morris worked many notable investigations during his career, including the Washington, D.C. sniper case, the Colonial Parkway serial murders, the Lisk-Silva serial homicides and the disappearance and murder of college student Taylor Behl. He has also lectured extensively on violent crime topics to law enforcement officers, prosecuting attorneys, medical examiners, forensic nurses, and crime analysts throughout North America.

Learn The Essentials of Crime Analysis!


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