ILETSB Law and Order A 40-hour Lead Homicide Investigator Certification Class – CIPTC – Peoria

ILETSB Law and Order A 40-hour Lead Homicide Investigator Certification Class – CIPTC – Peoria

06-05-2023 8:00 AM - 06-09-2023 5:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center Poplar Hall P101
Address: 5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA
5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA


Brian Fengel, Director

Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:

Heather Grove:

ILETSB: Law and Order 

A 40-hour Lead Homicide Investigator

Certification Class

Instructor: Lou Tessman and Jeff Pavletic

(Public Grants & Training Initiatives)

June 5-9, 2023

 8am – 5pm

 Class will meet at: CIPTC, ICC Peoria Campus, 5407 N. University, Poplar P101, Peoria

Enrollment Deadline: May 29, 2023

Course Size:  Minimum – 22 Maximum – 50


Course Objective

This certification training program features interactive lectures and discussions of actual case histories, videos, and laws specific to homicide investigations. This comprehensive seminar provides instruction in conducting investigations and prosecuting death cases from the start of the investigation, through evidence collection, suspect interviews, press conferences, trial testimony, and ultimately conviction.

This class uses a combination of actual homicide case studies so participants work through a case from the beginning, through case closure. The training provides participants the techniques and structure to lead a professional and lawful investigation.

Each participant will receive an outline book and handouts supporting teaching points for the five-day program.

Course Content

Types of Death

Death/Homicide Investigative Techniques

Crime Scene Management

Investigative Resources

Crime Profiling

Witness Interview/Offender Interviews and Death Notifications

Investigative Partnerships

The Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act: 725 ILCS 120

Lead Homicide Legal Issues

About the Instructor

Lou Tessmann, CFI retired from the Waukegan (Illinois) Police Department after 23 years of service in a wide variety of assignments, including patrol, investigations, training, and ultimately Deputy Chief of Police.

Lou is a 26-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a CWO-4. In addition to his service in Vietnam he was activated for Desert Storm and Desert Shield and has received numerous military awards including the Naval Commendation Medal. Lou began his career as a police officer with the City of Waukegan assigned to the patrol division. He was later assigned to the detective bureau for nine years and as a juvenile officer for one year. Lou also served as the Commander of the elite Lake County Major Crime Task Force. The task force works on major criminal investigations relating to homicides, kidnappings, and police-involved shootings. During his career, he has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations. Most noteworthy, Lou has obtained over 80 homicide confessions during his career with only three instances where he was unable to obtain a confession from the homicide suspect.

Lou has delivered seminars to police and private security organizations throughout the country, as well as internationally in locations such as Tokyo, Japan. He has been a guest speaker on programs such as the Discovery Channel, Real Detective and America’s Most Wanted. Lou’s work was featured in a Dateline NBC story about convicted child molester Arthur Ream and the unsolved 22-year old murder case of a 13-year old girl in Eastpointe, Michigan. Lou assisted local law enforcement with an interrogation of this suspect. His efforts resulted in a first-degree murder conviction, a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole, and the subsequent recovery of the victim’s body. To-date, Lou continues to assist agencies throughout the country with homicides investigations.

Lou graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. degree in English and Physical Education and is a member of numerous professional and training organizations, including the International Homicide Investigators Association.


Jeffrey J. Pavletic is a subject matter expert and an award-winning trial attorney who has built a reputation of integrity and exceptional skill in the courtroom.  As a prosecutor over the past three decades, he has tried countless cases to victory (including approximately 175 jury trials with a concentration in homicide and violent crime).  In addition to trying some of the most high profile and complex cases that have occurred in the history of Northern Illinois, Jeff was Chief of the Felony Review Division, and was the First Assistant State’s Attorney for the Lake County (Illinois) State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jeff served as Special Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the impeachment of President Clinton.  His duties included all aspects of independent counsel review, the impeachment inquiry, presentation of articles of impeachment to the U.S. House of Representatives, all witness interviews and depositions of trial witnesses, and the actual impeachment trial before the United States Senate.

Jeff not only has developed a reputation for excellence in the courtroom, but he is also a published author and a well-respected instructor of law. He currently holds undergraduate and graduate faculty positions and has received accolades as a nationally renowned lecturer training thousands of police, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges.

He has received numerous federal, state and local awards.  These include the Illinois State Crime Commission’s State’s Attorney of the Year, Felony Trial Attorney of the Year, The Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice Award, The Ruth Rosengarden Victim Service provider Award, and special U.S. House of Representatives Award presented by Congressman Henry Hyde.  Jeff has been featured on 20/20, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Court TV, and The Discovery Channel

Mobile In-Service Training Team # 7 Illinois Enforcement Training and Standards Board

MTU #7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria: Civil rights 1 hour, Const. Use of LE Authority, 8.5 hours, Cultural Competency .50 hours, Human Rights .50 hours, Legal Update 8 hours, Officer Wellness/Mental Health .5 hours, Procedural Justice 10 hours, Psychology of Domestic Violence .50 hours Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect .50 hours and 40 hours of Continuing Education – Lead Homicide Investigator

ILETSB Law and Order A 40-hour Lead Homicide Investigator Certification Class – CIPTC – Peoria