Officers learn from experienced homicide investigator

Officers learn from experienced homicide investigator

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Law enforcement officers from Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas have come to Lawton this week to learn more about investigating every type of homicide, from a retired officer who investigated about 300 murders a year. Sergeant Tony Monheim, of Miami, uses examples from cases he worked on during his 12 years as a homicide investigator. He shows departments how they can apply it to their investigations.

Monheim says even if an officer never investigates them same kind of cases he did, there is always a possibility. So he, unfortunately, has to show the officers a lot of death in order for them to learn how to

Monheim was showing slide after slide of real crime scene photos. Too gruesome to show.

"I look out there and I see some eyes that look like pie plates sometimes that are pretty big," said Monheim. "I've actually had people pass out in a class."

In his class on death and homicide investigation that is the best way to teach.

Duncan police sent some officers to the class. Including Patrol Officer Ron Corcorran.

"There are some scenes, slides and pictures that are pretty graphic," said Corcorran.

They are learning new ways to approach a scene where someone has died.

"We're the ones, besides family, the first ones on scene," said Corcorran. "Sometimes we can get there before medical personnel. That way we have more education, more training to decide whether we need the detectives to come out."

Monheim maps out his class the same way detectives should work their way up to investigating homicides.

"I try to take it from the ground up," said Monheim. "I start with natural death, work out way up into accidental death and the suicide and murder. So we go through all aspects, all phases of death investigations."

Monheim says after the classes are over, he will get emails and calls from the officers.

"They say, you know some of the things you told us, I saw them on my next crime scene or the next murder that I worked," said Monheim. "I heard your voice talking in my head saying do this or do that. And that's what keeps me going."

Training like this is not required for officers and detectives because they do go through training just to be on the force. But Monheim and some of the officers in the class say continuing learn new ways to investigate can help them better serve their community.

Monheim offers other classes on officer-involved shootings and gang-related murders. This class started on Monday, and will wrap up Wednesday.

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