Extended Studies

Northern Marianas- Investigative Seminar

Investigative Seminar

August 17-19, 2015
8:00am - 4:30pm

Registration Deadline: August 1st
Location: Fiesta Resort & Spa, Northern Mariana Islands

Investigative Seminar Topics

Monday, August 17th
This focus area will include specific skill development in the areas of initial response to crime scenes, best practices for perseverance of evidence, interviewing techniques, case management and case follow-up. The training will provide investigators and relevant professionals a best practices framework to address the unique dynamics that are common in remote/rural communities, specifically to the cultural and customary elements in the Marianas. The training will account for common missteps that impact the overall success of prosecution, including interviewing errors, case management errors, and chain of custody concerns. Enforcement professionals will understand the critical dynamics that are essential in the prosecution process.
Tuesday, August 18th
This focus area will include technologies used in investigation, DNA collection, forensic pathology, serology, ballistics, and the use of social media in investigations. The training will provide participants a primer in the evidence analysis process, the various roles of analysis in case management and prosecution process, and the best use of the various analysis processes given the resource constraints that are commonly faced in remote/rural communities.
Wednesday, August 19th
This focus area will be devoted to technical assistance. Participants will be able to present cases that are proving difficult, and the panel will be able to provide recommended steps to address case resolution.


JOHN SAN AGUSTIN is a former commander of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office who has been involved in over 200 death investigations. He has assisted in many high profile cases to include the Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation, the reinvestigation of the Columbine High School shooting, Texas Seven, and the Laci Peterson murder investigation. He led the investigation into the assassination of Executive Director of the Department of Corrections Tom Clements and the Black Forest _re. Mr. San Agustin has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) for the past nine years, and has been a guest lecturer for a number of organizations to include the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the California Homicide Investigators Association and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Mr. San Agustin is a court qualified expert in computer forensics and investigations. He has appeared on many local television stations and interviewed as an expert for newspapers and magazines, along with national television media such as FOX News, CBS News, ABC News, NBC News, CNN, MSNBC, and Discovery. Mr. San Agustin has been involved in a number of civil cases, including, patent and trade secret infringement, medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, business acquisition, and accidental death. Currently, Mr. San Agustin is a consultant for attorneys and businesses involved in civil and criminal cases and continues to teach at UCCS.

DR. LEON KELLY, M.D. is a Deputy Chief Medical Examiner/Forensic Pathologist who has performed forensic autopsies on over 100 homicide victims in the states of Colorado and Texas. He has testified in numerous criminal trials and is an expert in the fields of anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, and forensic pathology. Dr. Kelly is consulted frequently by prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, and civil litigators, he has experience through all phases of homicide investigation and its prosecution. Dr. Kelly is an expert on strangulation, he has consulted and testified on countless non-fatal strangulation cases often involving domestic violence. Dr. Kelly is also a member of his local and state child death review committees. He is an experienced lecturer to law enforcement, attorneys, and healthcare providers and teaches courses on the investigation of injury and death at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). Dr. Kelly has also appeared as the forensic pathology consultant on the television show "Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda."

MARK PFOFF joined the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in 2003 after a 20 year career as a computer engineer working for multiple high tech companies to include, Digital Equipment Corporation, and MCI Telecommunications Company. He is currently a detective specializing in computer forensics and computer crimes. He has investigated many fraud, sex assault, crimes against children, and online cases. He has also assisted in many homicide investigations providing technical support and forensic examinations of computers, cell phones and other digital evidence. Detective Pfoff has examined thousands of items of digital evidence to include, computers, laptops, cell phones, flash drives, memory sticks, and DVD/CDs. He has testified many times in court on a wide range of cases and has been recognized in court as an expert witness in both computer and cell phone forensics.