Workshops are filling up.
Members throughout the U.S., check with The Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness to schedule a workshop in your community.
Check with FBI on crime scene data\evidence collection, or investigation courses for first responders or follow-on responders. (Review bullet #2 below).
All agencies working together and sharing information.
REGION IV - COURSE DATE AND LOCATION
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd
Tuesday, 8/19/2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
REGION III - COURSE DATE AND LOCATION
STATUS: CLOSED FULL CAPACITY
STATUS: CLOSED FULL CAPACITY
Mt. Washington Conference Center
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209
Thursday, 8/21/2014 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
MARYLAND Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with The Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness
Maryland Forensic Epi Training
JOINT CRIMINAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION WORKSHOP
The unique challenges of responding to a biological incident necessitate a high level of cooperation between law enforcement and public health officials during their respective investigations. The Joint Criminal and Epidemiological Investigation Workshop is conducted by subject matter experts from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of the workshop is to train law enforcement and public health professionals how to work closely together for notification and information sharing purposes in order to successfully and rapidly respond to a suspected biological incident.
While each discipline has distinctive investigative roles and responsibilities, there are common goals shared by law enforcement and public health that unite the two disciplines:
· Early identification and notification that an event has occurred;
· Rapid and ongoing assessment of whether an event is manmade or naturally-occurring; and
· Protecting public health and public safety during a response.
Specific topics covered during the workshop include:
· Roles, responsibilities, and authorities during a biological incident;
o Law enforcement investigations and threat assessment
o Public health epidemiological and medical investigations
· Identification of assets and capabilities for each discipline;
· Joint investigation models and protocols;
· Demonstration of the types of information gathered by law enforcement and public health and how sharing information can advance both investigations; and
· Best practices for conducting a joint law enforcement-public health interview.
At the conclusion of the workshop, students demonstrate how to conduct a joint investigation by participating in a scenario-based exercise designed to apply what they have learned during the course to include notification policies, initial threat assessment, analysis and sharing of data, identifying the threat, mitigating the threat and identifying the cause.
Students will receive a copy of the FBI/CDC Criminal and Epidemiological Investigation Handbook as well as other tools that can be shared with colleagues.
A .pdf version of the handbook can be accessed at http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/terrorism/wmd/criminal-and-epidemiological-investigation-handbook.