North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Profiling the Crime Scene

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Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement officers (patrol, investigators, crime scene personnel) prosecutors, supervisors, who would be called upon to assess, investigate and manage criminal investigations.

Course Goal:

Instructed by Michael Prodan, Captain (SAC) of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Behavioral Science Unit, this course is an introduction to the technique of criminal investigative analysis (profiling) as it applies to death investigations. Included is a brief history of the technique and the differences between inductive, deductive and the investigative psychology of criminal profiling. The course focuses on the various motives for murder and how identifying the motive as displayed in the crime will reduce the size of the suspect pool. Also included is how the behavior exhibited by the offender at the scene can be used to determine what kind, if any, defense the offender may claim, such as self-defense, not guilty by reason of insanity, or guilty but mentally ill. 
The students will review various crime scenes and autopsy photographs, lab reports and background information of each victim and offer an analysis regarding the sequence of events, motive and any possible defenses. 

Course Objectives:

  • The history and use of profiling in homicide/death investigations 
  • Identify the behaviors of the offender based upon crime scene indicators. 
  • Recognize the elements in staging in homicide scenes. 
  • Recognize the differences in mental health mitigation and not guilty by insanity defenses in homicide. 
  • Identify how motive is displayed in homicide/death scenes. 


This course employs lecture, conference and practical exercises.

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required at all class sessions.

Special Concerns:

Class will begin at 8:00 AM. Checks should be made payable to Michael Prodan and mailed to: 233 Bradley Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170. Payment should reach Mr. Prodan no later than one week before class starts. Phone: 803-996-4636. Refunds will be given to any person who cancels 30 days prior to the course. Credit for future course attendance will be extended for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the course.


$100 - Make check payable to: Mike Prodan, 233 Bradley Drive, West Columbia, SC 29170 Ph: 803-996-4636.


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Course Coordinator:

Doug Robinson


Mike Prodan

Length of Course:

One and 1/2 days - 12 hours

 CICP Credit