Missouri State Highway Patrol's National Homicide Seminar 2016

Kansas City, Missouri
Sunday, October 09, 2016

October 9-13, 2016
Folly Theater, Kansas City, Missouri

This seminar is structured for the advanced homicide investigator and does not contain basic instruction. A great deal of effort has been expended to present some of the most renowned instructors in the world representing different fields of homicide investigation which include medical, forensic, scientific, and legal areas of expertise. Instructors scheduled to give presentations include:

Force Science Instructor

A 24-year law enforcement veteran, Acting Inspector Chris Butler is currently assigned to the Real Time Operation Centre of the Calgary Police Service as a Duty Inspector / Watch Commander. For several years Chris was in charge of the delivery of all use of force, officer safety, subject control tactics, emergency vehicle operations, Incident Command and Strategic Communication training for the Calgary Police Service in Calgary, Alberta Canada; a major Canadian police agency of over 1900 sworn officers.

During Chris's law enforcement career, he was a member of the Crowd Control Unit for over 12 years and during this time was involved in conducting risk assessments and planning operational tactics for events such as the World Petroleum Congress and the G8 Summit. Chris has been certified as an instructor or instructor trainer in numerous firearms, combatives, less lethal/chemical agents and emergency vehicle operation techniques. In addition, Chris has training in special event risk management and is certified as a close protection specialist (ESI - honors). Chris has also been certified as a Force Science Analyst by the Force Science Institute.

Chris has made presentations at National and International law enforcement conferences on a variety of topics. From 2006 to 2007 Chris was seconded to the Canadian Police Research Centre where he co-published a national study on the use of neck restraints in policing. Chris has been qualified at Provincial and Federal court as an expert in firearms safety, police firearms training, law enforcement use of force training and evaluation. Chris has conducted use of force reviews for several agencies ranging from empty hand combatives to officer involved shootings.

Chris is certified as an instructor in Verbal Judo and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and is also a certified practitioner in Hypnosis.


A graduate of Michigan State University’s Anthropology program, she began her career as a Trooper with the Michigan State Police in 2000.  She uses her talents in art as a member of MSP’s Forensic Art Unit and was promoted to the rank of Detective Sergeant in the newly formed Missing Persons Coordination Unit, housed out of the Biometrics and Identification Division of the MSP.  She currently holds the titles of AMBER Alert Coordinator and Missing Children’s Clearinghouse Manager for the state of Michigan.


Warren Miller is a Detective with the Major Crime Homicide Unit with the Aurora Police Department, Aurora Colorado. Warren attended Fort Lewis College in Durango Colorado and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. He started his police career in Wichita Kansas as a patrolman with the Wichita Police Department. After 5 years Warren returned to his home state of Colorado and joined the Aurora Police Department in 1994. While with the Aurora Police Department Warren was selected to join the Narcotics unit. From there he was assigned to a joint task force with the DEA. Warren’s 5 years in Narcotics afforded him the ability to conduct major investigations while being undercover. After promoting to the rank of Detective in 2003, Warren was assigned to the Persons/Robbery Section. His 8 years of experience in investigations allowed him the opportunity to join the Major Crime Homicide Unit in 2006 where he is currently assigned.

On July 20, 2012 Warren served as a key investigator in the Century 16 Mass Murder Investigation. He was initially assigned to coordinate, prioritize and facilitate interviewing the hundreds of potential eye witnesses just hours after the shooting. Warren was then placed in charge of collecting and processing all of the evidence from inside the theaters; a task that lasted multiple weeks.   



Detective Craig Appel is a Task Force Officer for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver Colorado specializing in International Terrorism. Craig’s home agency is the Aurora Police Department.

Craig attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1986. Craig traveled south to Florida and started his law enforcement career at the Palm Beach Police Department, Palm Beach, FL in 1986. After a short time Craig was hired on with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County, Florida. This is where Craig learned his law enforcement foundation when crack cocaine was in the epidemic stages. Craig’s last assignment at PBSO was with the Major Smuggling Unit and SWAT. Yearning for a more diverse climate, Craig lateral hired to the Aurora Police Department, Aurora, CO in July 1994. Craig was promoted to Detective in 2000 and assigned to the Persons Crimes Unit, Gang Interventions Unit and lastly the Major Crime Homicide Unit where he worked from 2007 to 2014.

On July 20, 2012 Craig was assigned as the lead investigator in the Century 16 Mass Murder Investigation. Craig spent three years of his career investigating and preparing the case for the court room. Craig’s spends his off duty time with his beautiful daughter and enjoying his outdoor passions to include rock climbing, mountain biking and hunting.


Professor Caren Cambre is a career homicide prosecutor, an experienced law school  professor, and the creator of LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE STAND,  a national law enforcement witness training program.  She is licensed to practice law in New York, Louisiana and the District of Columbia.  With more than 30 years of courtroom experience, and hundreds of jury trials she has worked extensively with law enforcement preparing and presenting their testimony throughout litigation.  She has led the most serious cases, including numerous death penalty cases, to successful trial verdicts.  In the Jefferson Parish Louisiana District Attorney's Office, she was a Felony Trial Supervisor and Special Prosecutor in charge of the high-profile cases that had intense media coverage.  As part of the Kings County New York District Attorney's Office's specialized Homicide Bureau, she visited crime scenes, took video statements from homicide suspects at the precincts and handled Grand Jury presentations, in addition to trying many complex jury trials. She was assigned to the Career Criminal Unit of the New Orleans District Attorney's Office in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, trying cases under the most difficult of circumstances. She has prepared and questioned hundreds of law enforcement officers across the country. She has taught at law enforcement training academies in both Florida and Louisiana.

As an Adjunct Professor at both Tulane Law School in New Orleans and Golden Gate Law School in San Francisco, she taught Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Mock Trial, Trial Evidence & Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility.  At Golden Gate Law School she created and taught a successful new course called Ethical Prosecutions.  She has been a Mock Trial Judge and coached national mock trial teams.  She created mock trial problems used by students in learning the many aspects of criminal litigation.  Professor Cambre has taught hundreds of lawyers how to question law enforcement witnesses.

Recognizing that the answers given by witnesses are critical to successful trials, she identified a need to teach law enforcement officers to become effective and credible witnesses. Using both her extensive trial experience and her teaching experience she created LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE STAND, a witness training program specifically designed for law enforcement.  She has trained hundreds of officers across the country for both national and local agencies.  Her program was recently highlighted by the National HIDTA Assistance Center News and has been endorsed by Sheriffs and Police Chiefs in several states.  Evaluations from officers who have attended her training have said "this outstanding training is critically necessary and long over due".  Cases are won or lost based on the testimony of law enforcement.  

Professor Cambre received her J.D. from Tulane Law School.  She has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and is married to a law enforcement officer.


Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988, as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and began his forensic career in 1990, as a crime scene field technician.  For nearly his entire career, Tom was assigned to the New York State Police Forensic Identification Unit in Poughkeepsie, and supervised that unit for 14 years before retiring from that position in October 2010. Tom regularly provides expert forensic testimony in various state and federal courts. Tom’s training and experience encompass several fields of expertise, including:  forensic crime scene processing, latent print processing and identification, blood stain pattern analysis and documentation, shooting reconstruction, police involved shooting scenes, forensic composite art, excavation of human remains, forensic entomology collection, digital imaging technology and photo enhancement. Tom is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys and an instructor for Public Agency Training Council, (PATC). Since 2010, Tom has been working with the U.S. State Dept and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, (IACP) in developing and delivering training programs, involving evidence based investigations, for ranking members of the Iraqi police forces.


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Payment Instructions

  • You may pay online with a credit card.  If you wish to pay by check complete the online registration form and mail your check to:

    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    Division of Drug and Crime Control
    PO Box 568
    Jefferson City, MO 65102 

                                                                          1729 E Elm Street, Jefferson City, MO  65101   #43-1253773

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