Crime Scene Responsibilities for the First Responder

May 2, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

The officer who is the first to arrive at a major crime scene must do everything possible to limit and control any changes at the crime scene. In fact, that officer is in charge and makes all of the necessary calls and decisions until the crime scene is relinquished to the lead investigator.

Officers who participate in our presentation, “Crime Scene Responsibilities for the First Responder”, will learn, first-hand, from instructors with a wealth of valuable knowledge pertaining to important aspects of successfully investigating a crime scene. Not only will course participants gain the basic skills necessary to transfer crime scene authority to the lead investigator, but officers will also receive information needed to ensure that the crime will be “court-ready” once a suspect is developed.

Some of the course presentation objects that will be covered are:

  • Safe response to a crime scene
  • Types and classifications of a crime scene
  • Crime scene priorities
  • Note taking and documentation
  • Relinquishing authority of the crime scene.

** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriff’s Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.


Sergeant Gregory McDonald is a former United States Marine, who began his law enforcement career with the Prince George’s County Police Department in 1990.  Sergeant McDonald began his investigative career as a district level detective at the Prince George’s County Police Department, District III Investigations Bureau.  During Sergeant McDonald’s 28 years with the Prince George’s County Police Department, he has been assigned as an investigator and investigative supervisor for the past 24 years.  He was assigned as a robbery detective in the Criminal Investigation Division for 1 year and 10 years as a homicide detective.  Greg was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and supervised the Warrant and Electronic Surveillance Squad for 1 year.  He returned to the Homicide Unit where he supervised a homicide squad for seven years and currently is the supervisor for the Homicide-Cold Case Squad.  Sergeant McDonald is a certified instructor through the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission and a graduate of the FBI Basic Instructor Development Program.  He is the lead instructor at the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Basic and Advanced Investigators School, Interview and Interrogation course and the lead instructor in the basic academy class training recruits on the duties of a first responder to the scene of a homicide.

Michael Delaney is a tenured Law Enforcement Officer with more than 28 years serving the Law Enforcement Community.  His experience spans across Federal agencies and police jurisdictions in the state of Maryland.  Having served 23 years with the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) and 14 years as a homicide detective, he has become a highly sought-after detective with an established track record of successfully solving complex crimes.  Michael has supervised and trained new investigators in major crime investigations, robbery investigations, extortion investigations, homicide investigations, natural death investigations, interrogation techniques, and courtroom testimony. Michael has been recognized for his hard work and dedication whereby he has received numerous awards and honors for his law enforcement savvy and was featured in several Public Service documentaries for crimes he has solved.  His relentless work ethic and keen problem-solving talents have led to the resolution of many complex crimes in Prince George’s County (Maryland), and surrounding jurisdictions.  Throughout his decorated and tenured career as an investigator, Michael maintained his certification as an instructor in the state of Maryland, where he often volunteers his time instructing police cadets, veteran officers, newly assigned investigators, as well as civilians in active shooter survival. In 2016, Michael retired from the PGPD and began working as an internal investigator for a major water utilities company in the Washington, DC area.

Investigator Andre Brooks has over 30 years of public safety and law enforcement experience. Investigator Brooks joined the Prince George’s County Police Department, in Prince George’s County Maryland in 1990. Prior to joining the Police Department, Investigator Brooks spent time volunteering as a Fire Fighter with the Prince George’s County Fire Department. After joining the Police Department in 1990, Investigator Brooks has held a multitude of assignments throughout the department, and his area of expertise is in investigations. Investigator Brooks has extensive knowledge in Investigations of Homicides, Patrol operations, C.O.P.S. (Community Oriented Policing), station narcotic and gang investigations, Crime scene and evidence collection investigations, Commercial and Residential robbery investigations, sexual assault investigations, crimes against person’s investigations as well as fraud and economic crimes investigations. Investigator Brooks is an accomplished and decorated veteran Police Investigator who has received numerous departmental accommodations and awards, to include the prestigious Bronze medal of Valor. Investigator Brooks spent 26 years with the Prince George’s County Police department, retiring in 2017. Investigator Brooks is currently an internal investigator for a major water utilities company in the Washington, DC area. Investigator Brooks is a people -person, who brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and professionalism, and is a valuable asset to the Worldwide Security Consultants Company.

Reginald Ware Jr. is a recent retiree from the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD).  After beginning his illustrious career in 1993, Reginald served 6 years as a patrol officer, 9 years as an Investigator and 5 years conducting undercover investigations.  During his tenure, Reginald investigated juvenile crimes, abductions and missing and exploited persons, and served as a member and PGPD’s liaison to the Maryland’s Child Abduction Response Team (CART).  Reginald has also received training through the United States Department of State in counter-trafficking training.  In addition, Reginald has served as an investigator on the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET), Financial Crimes Unit and in the Special Investigation Division as a member of the Organized Crime Unit.  Reginald has obtained significant amounts of training focused in surveillance, security assessments, executive protection, and within different areas of Homeland Security.  Reginald maintains current certifications in A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) which is a variation of active shooter trainings.  Reginald currently works for a major utility company, where he serves as an investigator and liaison officer to the United States Department of Homeland Security.