April 2018 - IAPE Monthly Newsletter
Ask Joe...
Each month, IAPE's primary instructor, Joe Latta, answers one of your questions. Consider writing us if you have a question that needs an answer. We would love to hear from you.
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Dear Joe,
Over the past year, you have been publicizing a Supervisor Class and I was wondering when it will be available.
Thanks, Wanda Trainor
Dear Wanda,
The SUPERVISOR CLASS is now available!  
IAPE is proud to announce our one-day Property and Evidence Management training class for SUPERVISORS and potential SUPERVISORS. The course was developed for anyone that is assuming the responsibility of the property and evidence room.  
The focus is to help supervisors or potential supervisors to significantly improve and enhance their expertise and overall confidence in managing and maintain both evidence room personnel and the overall success of their property rooms  processes and procedures.
IMPORTANT! Must have attended the  two-day Evidence and Property Management Course and be an current member of IAPE. (Live or video)
Evidence Management for Supervisors
Supervisor Focused: We provide targeted topics and discussion that help make you a successful property room supervisor in both managing people and evidence. Interact with your classmates to come up with a solution to a problem, how to deal with a non-productive employee and more.
Managing Staff: Learn about personality types, leadership traits, emotional intelligence, how to deal with performance management issues to improve employee performance.
Audit and Evaluation: Prevent crises before they happen and how to audit and evaluate your own operations and systems for continued success.
Crisis Management: You will not only learn how to prevent crisis, but be given the tools and skills to consider when you're in the middle of a crisis.
Investigative Process:  Property investigative processes when dealing with missing guns, drugs and money (criminal vs. administrative clearing of UTL).
FREE Property & Evidence by the Book | 2nd Edition, authored
by Joseph Latta (ele ctronic version): 

Headline of the Month 
DNA ties 'killer clown' to getaway car in 27-year-old cold case, prosecutors say
 April 15, 2018
Florida investigators on Thursday released DNA evidence that they say helped lead to the arrest of a woman suspected of dressing up as a clown and fatally shooting her future husband's then-wife 27 years ago.
Palm Beach County prosecutors said that recent forensic tests conducted by the FBI concluded that hair fibers found in a suspected getaway car could have come from Sheila Keen Warren.
"Sometimes justice can be delayed," Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg told the Sun Sentinel, "but justice eventually arrives."
The nearly 3,000-page report also included financial statements, witness statements and previously unreleased police reports, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Keen Warren, now 54, had long been suspected of disguising herself in a clown costume and murdering Marlene Warren, 40, on her front doorstep in 1990. Authorities arrested Keen Warren on charges of first-degree murder in September 2017 at the Abington, Va., home that she shared with her husband, Michael Warren, who had previously been married to Marlene Warren.
Prosecutors have said they would seek the death penalty if Keen Warren, who has remained in jail without bond, is convicted. Authorities have not ruled out Michael Warren as a possible suspect in the slaying, though he was on a trip with friends at the time his wife was slain, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Marlene Warren opened the front door of her Wellington, Fla., home on the morning of May 26 nearly 27 years ago to find a clown in an orange wig and red nose, holding two foil balloons and carnations. The clown handed her the gifts, shot her in the face, and drove away in a Chrysler LeBaron convertible, authorities have said.
Keen Warren and Michael Warren had been rumored to be having an affair before the victim's death. Witness statements said Marlene had confronted Keen Warren about the affair with her husband, according to the Sun Sentinel. But the two denied ever having a relationship.
Michael Warren's employees told detectives he had said he would never divorce because his wife would get half his assets.
The couple had amassed rental properties valuing upwards of $1.1 million by the time of Marlene's Warren's murder, the Palm Beach Post reported, citing court records.
Michael Warren's primary business at the time had been a used car lot and Sheila Keen did repossessions for him. The two were married in 2002 after Michael Warren served almost four years in prison for grand theft, racketeering and odometer tampering.
The couple had moved to Virginia, and operated a restaurant together in nearby Kingsport, Tenn., which they sold a year before Keen Warren's arrest. They have both continued to deny involvement in the murder.
You may have something in your Property Room that everyone has forgotten about over 30 or 40 years. In every IAPE (link)class we ask a very simple question. Could the Property Room possible have something stored within the inventory related to an old cold case murder that everyone has been forgotten about. I'm guessing in the above case none of the officers and or detectives are still employed and the case had been forgotten about. This is especially true in small departments where the case may have been forgotten about. Large departments may have a "Cold Case Squad" that may routinely resurrect old cases.  
Let me suggest - look around and let the supervisor know if there is something that needs to be re-investigated. With the rapidly changing forensics processes that are available, we might solve some very old cases. The oldest I have in my collection of news stories is 47 years old and the suspect was arrested at 77 years old.


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2018 Classes 

May 9 - 10, 2018

May 15 - 16, 2018
2 Seats Left

May 22 - 23, 2018
9 Seats Left

June 6 - 7, 2018
12 Seats Left

June 20 - 21, 2018

June 26 - 27, 2018
18 Seats Left

 July 17 - 18, 2018
13 Seats Left

 July 30 - 31, 2018
18 Seats Left

August 13 - 14, 2018

August 21 - 22, 2018

August 28 - 29, 2018

September 11 - 12, 2018

September 25 - 26, 2018

October 2 - 3, 2018

October 23 - 24, 2018

October 16 - 17, 2018

November 7 - 8, 2018

November 13 - 14, 2018

December 4 - 5, 2018

Classes Still Being Planned 
 in 2018

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IAPE is delighted to announce that we have a new section for posting a job announcement or checking job opportunities.