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New Detectives

Course length

20 Hours Career Development & 4 Hours Legal

About the course

Location: Fairfax City Police Headquarters - 3730 Blenheim Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030

This class is an introduction to detective’s role in an investigation. Various aspects of investigations will be will be discussed to include but not limited to technology, interviewing, operational planning and search warrants. The class will provide the new detective with the tools necessary to be a successful investigator. This highly interactive class will take the student from the initial police report through preparation for trial. A variety of Instructors will be used to provide different perspectives. The course includes 4 hours of legal credit provided by Elliott Casey.

* Discuss the characteristics of a good investigator
* Analyze the differences in patrol and detective work
* Identify issues dealing with office politics
* Identify how to develop witness
* See and learn about new technologies
* Analyze interviewing techniques
* Discuss search warrants
* Analyze operational security and operation plans
* Learn how to develop cases
* Learn how to prepare a case for attorney review

Your Instructors:
Paul Kozich graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with an undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement and Corrections. Kozich later received a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Kozich spent one year in juvenile corrections at the in Loysville, Pennsylvania and joined the Arlington County Police Department in 1979.
As an Arlington County Police officer, Kozich spent time as a patrol officer, crime scene technician, and FTO. As a detective, Kozich was assigned to Narcotics, Asian Organized Crime, Intelligence, Prostitution, and Gambling, Money Laundering investigations. Detective Kozich was Arlington’s first Gang detective and was the first gang investigator certified as an expert by the Circuit Court of Virginia in Gang investigations. Detective Kozich also spent time on several federal task forces to include the DEA Narcotics Interdiction Task Force, FBI Asian Organized Crime Task Force, The ATF Gang Task Force and the HIDTA Money Laundering Task force. Kozich retired from Arlington County Police Department in 2007 after 28 years of service.
From 2007 to 2019, Kozich has worked at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy as an instructor and professional development coordinator retiring as the manager of the Professional Development Unit.
Kozich continues to stay involved in training, working as a Sims instructor for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Museum and as a contract instructor for the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy.

Elliott Casey is a Staff Attorney for the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council. Elliott has 15 years’ experience as a prosecutor, having served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the County of Albemarle, the City of Alexandria and the County of Arlington in Virginia, and several more years of experience in law enforcement and as an attorney. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Elliott also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. Elliott specializes in digital evidence, Fourth Amendment issues, and complex financial crime. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, is proficient in Spanish, German, and Japanese, and has experience speaking Chinese, French, and Korean. Elliott also instructs law enforcement agencies throughout the Virginia and D.C. area and investigators around the United States. Elliott instructs for the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, and many other groups. Elliott was honored with the Virginia IASIU Outstanding Public Service Award in 2022 as well as Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly 2022 “Leaders in the Law” award.

Steve Gurdak is the group manager for the Washington Baltimore HIDTA’s Northern Virginia Financial Initiative (NVFI). The initiative serves as a model SAR Review Team. Steve has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with an impressive list of awards and commendations. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) through the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and has testified in Federal Court as an expert witness in money laundering. Steve regularly trains new detectives and agents in investigative skills. He has written a number of articles, done webinars, and various presentations on financial investigation literacy. He is also a retired member of the George Mason University (GMU) faculty.

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