The Northwest Arkansas Community College will host a ‘Crime Scene to Trial’ event starting on Tuesday morning. 

The event will bring together prosecutors, law enforcement officers and other professionals to sharpen their skills on investigating crimes against children, according to a news release.  

“The course provides detailed instruction in the investigation of a crime scene and how seemingly unimportant details can become critical at trial,” the news release states. 

Participants will be learn more about interrogating child abuse suspects, photographing a crime scene and witness interviews. They will also get the chance to be a part of a crime scene investigation in the “mock house” at the center, according to the news release. 

The training is presented by Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) and will be held at the Melba Shewmaker Child Protection Training Center located on NWACC’s Campus in Bentonville. 

It will run for three days starting on Tuesday (September 18) and will go through Thursday (September 20). 

Here is a full schedule of the training provided by NWACC: 

Tuesday, September 18
8 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome with team and faculty introductions
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Investigating Child Maltreatment: Abuse Head Trauma
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Break
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Investigating Child Maltreatment: Abuse Head Trauma (continued)
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Investigating Child Maltreatment: Sexual Abuse
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1 – 2 p.m. Interrogation of Child Abuse Suspects
2 – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 – 3 p.m. Interrogation of Child Abuse Suspects (continued)
3 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Picture This: Photographing a Child Abuse Crime Scene
4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Children Exposed to Violence
5:15 – 6 p.m. Walk through crime scene-all teams

Wednesday, September 19
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Crime scene investigation, witness interviews and MDT staff meetings
12 – 1 p.m. Lunch on your own
1 – 5 p.m. Crime scene investigation (continued) Consultation with child abuse pediatrician will be scheduled during the afternoon for each team individually.

Thursday, September 20
8 – 9 a.m. Practice scenarios
9 – 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 – 11 p.m. Final team staffing and statement preparation
11 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Team presentations
12:15 p.m. Closing