The Department of Corrections recently graduated its first 16 correctional officers trained as Institutional Investigators from the Anchorage Correctional Complex. The two day, 16-hour Institutional Investigator class was designed to provide officers investigative guidelines, knowledge, and skills in order to affect prosecutable criminal cases and to assist the Alaska State Troopers and DOC Investigators to properly preserve, document, and investigate crimes within DOC institutions.
The officers were instructed by ex-law enforcement officers and current DOC investigators Glen Klinkhart, Troy Henley, and Berni Troglio.
Over the two day class officers learned such investigative skills as:
- Criminal Law
- Crime Scene Response
- Protection of a crime scene
- Investigative Documentation
- Crime Scene Photography
- Physical Evidence Collection
- Evidence Packaging
- Interviewing and Interrogation
- Report Writing
For the officers final project the new investigators had to respond to a simulated crime scene, develop a plan to properly preserve and document the scene, and properly seize all of the potential evidence. The students then had to locate and interview victims, witnesses, and suspects all the while attempting to develop a criminal case based upon the evidence seized.
Some of the feedback from the students included:
“The instructors were very engaged and entertaining.”
“The instructor was very knowledgeable and presented the information in an energetic manner in a low stress way.”
“The scenarios were right on point and the snacks were a nice touch!”
“I enjoyed the hands-on portions of the class as well as the case studies that were presented.”
“Every correctional officer should be equipped with this kind of knowledge.”
At the Anchorage Correctional Center those officers who passed the class are eligible to use some new tools, including one of several smart phones designed to assist in taking photographs, video, interviews, and diagramming potential crime scenes.