Mr. Wasowicz is a twenty nine year law enforcement veteran with twenty four years of crime scene processing and forensic services management experience. Mr. Wasowicz presents with the approach of someone who has wide ranging crime scene experience - from arson fires to death investigations. He understands that the working crime scene technician is expected to handle the routine to the unexpected on a daily basis.
His experience includes fourteen years of supervising a thirteen person forensic team for the North Regional Major Crimes Task Force (NORTAF) and providing training to forensic personnel from many police agencies. Mr. Wasowicz is certified by the International Association for Identification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst and Bloodstain Pattern Examiner.
Mr. Wasowicz is a member of the: International Association for Identification (International, Illinois and Wisconsin Division), International Association of Arson Investigators (International and Illinois Division) and International Association of Special Investigation Units (Illinois Division).
First recipient of the 'Good of the Association' Award from the Illinois Division of the I.A.I., recipient of the Forensic Service Award for the year 2002 from Cook County Illinois Crime Stoppers, and recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois Special Agents Association.
Charles J. Wernick - Instructor
Mr. Wernick’s background includes over thirty five years in law enforcement with a strong emphasis on homicide investigations. Mr. Wernick currently serves as Chief of Police for a suburban Chicago police department. He has previously served as the Investigations Commander with the Evanston (IL) Police Department and as the Commander of a fifteen agency Major Crimes Task Force. He has been actively involved in training police officers for the past eight years.
Mr. Wernick is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACAP), the Midwest Homicide Investigator’s Association and the International Association for Identification (IAI) – Illinois Division. Over the years, he has served on a variety of advisory committees including the State of Illinois Anti-Terrorism Task Force. Mr. Wernick holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.S. in Criminal Justice.
Brian King - Instructor
Mr. King has been active in law enforcement for over 23 years, most of that time having been spent in criminal investigations. He has 7 years experience with a Major Crimes Task Force and in 2003 retired from the position of Task Force Commander. During his tenure with the task force, in addition to his other duties, Mr. King oversaw training for task force members. The task force significantly increased the homicide clearance rate and conviction rate for its member agencies. Mr. King currently serves as Chief of Police with a suburban Chicago police department.
Mr. King conducts training on a variety of topics including criminal investigations and homicide investigator training. Mr. King in addition to his experience has received advanced training at The University of Southern California's Delinquency Control Institute, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, and the Police Executive Research Form’s Senior Management Institute for the Police.
Kara Stefanson - Instructor
Ms. Stefanson has twelve years experience in the forensic field working as a Forensic Scientist / DNA analyst. Her past experience includes a management position with the Illinois State Police Crime Lab where she supervised approximately 10 Forensic Biology/DNA Analysts. She currently serves as a DNA Resource Specialist for the State's Attorney's Office of a large Illinois county where she helps prosecutors prepare cases for trial.
Ms. Stefanson has been involved in training police officers, trial attorneys and emergency nurses for a number of years. She holds a B.S. in Forensic Science and a B.A. in Criminal Justice.
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