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The Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators was founded in 1996 in response to requests for specialized training in the area of death investigation. The object of forming the association was to further the education of it's members, and all law enforcement. Since that time the Annual Training Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators has drawn attendees from across the United States.
WAHI has established a reputation for bringing in only the best trainers in their fields. They have been brought in from all over the world to share their expertise, in a wide variety of subjects, with our members.The training received during the conference, and the networking with other investigators,is invaluable to anyone involved in death investigation. WAHI members include local, state and federal law enforcement officers, coroners and medical examiners, prosecutors and others who work in this field.
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The 2015 WAHI annual conference will be held at the Kalahari resort hotel in the Wisconsin Dells from April 28-May 1. The conference is titled "Differences in Stranger and Familial Homicides". Guest speakers at the 2015 conference will include Brigadier General Labuschangne , Robert Lowery of NCMEC, and Wayne Koka of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group.
Brigadier General Labuschagne, PhD
Commander, South Africa
Public Service (SAPS)
Investigative Psychology Section (IPS)
Pretoria, South Africa
The IPS is responsible for assisting the SAPS with investigations into psychologically motivated crimes such as serial sex offenses. It is the only unit with a mandate to compile criminal offender profiles. Dr. Labuschagne is a registered clinical psychologist with the Health Professional Council of South Africa and a criminologist with the Criminological Society of South Africa.
Prior to joining the SAPS in 2001, Dr. Labuschagne served as a consulting clinical psychologist at a major hospital in Pretoria and was appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pretoria.
Dr. Labuschagne has assisted in the investigation of over 100 serial murders and over 200 serial rapists. He has extensive experience in the investigation of other major crimes to include child molesters, intimate partner murders, sexual murders, Multi (cultural) murders, stalking and others. He has testified over 60 times in the High Court and Magistrates Courts in South Africa and has provided training in Belgium, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and Botswana. His students include investigators, prosecutors, psychologists, magistrates, university students and others. Dr. Labuschagne is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, maintains professional affiliations with numerous universities, and has published expansive works based on his expertise. He most recently assisted in the trial of the “Blade Runner,” Oscar Pistorsi and can be seen sitting at the prosecutors table in news reports.
Mr. Robert G. Lowery, Jr.
Missing Children Services
National Center of Missing and
Exploited Children (NCMEC)
Prior to joining the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children in 2009 Mr. Lowery served over 30 years in public service, over 27 of those years as a law enforcement officer. Mr. lowery served as the Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Florissant Police Department, an internationally accredited agency located in the northern suburbs of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. During his career, Mr. Lowery served in a variety of capacities including the Uniform Patrol Division, Tactical Operations/Hostage Rescue Team, Detective Division, Professional Standards and the Internal Inspections Division. The majority of his time was spent as a detective in the Crimes Against Persons Unit, where he directly supervised and investigated homicides, serious assaults, robberies and sex crimes.
Mr. Lowery also served as the Commander of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, one of the oldest and largest multi-jurisdictional homicide task forces in the United States. The squad is comprised of over 500 detectives and supervisors representing 105 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
As commander, he was directly responsible for these personnel and oversaw homicide investigations in the entire fourteen county St. Louis Metropolitan Region, which extends on both sides of the Mississippi River in both Missouri and Illinois. He has personally commanded some of the area’s most high profile investigations, including some murder-for-hire, sexually motivated homicides (including one that involved a decapitation of a 13 year old girl and another involving the strangulation of two small boys), narcotics and gang cases of armed robbery/murder, to name just a few.
Mr. Lowery is the author of several law enforcement publications on the topics of investigation of violent crime, homicide, unidentified human remains, abduction and missing children and missing children with special needs. More recently, he completed the “Law Enforcement Guide to Investigating Cases of Misssing and Exploited Children” and the “Response to Missing Special Needs Children” on behalf of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Mr. Lowery participated as a member of the Child Abduction Analysis Team (CAAT) for the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes (NCAVC) in Quantico, Virginia. He was an original member of the Board of Advisors for the “Team Adam” Program for NCMEC and additionally served on the selection committee for “Team Adam” consultants.
Wayne R. Koka
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Critical Incident Response Group
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
Quantico, Virginia 22135
Wayne Koka began his 45 year law enforcement career as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. (MPDC). During his 23 years with the MPDC he rose through the ranks and served in four bureaus: Patrol Operations; Administrative Services; Technical Services; and Investigative Services. Prior to his retirement as a captain, his last assignment was Commander of the Public Integrity Branch, Internal Affairs Division.
In March 1992, Mr. Koka joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as a Training Instructor in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. At CJIS, he was the coordinator of the National Hate Crime Data Collection Program. In March 1995, he was assigned to FBI Headquarters as a supervisor at the Special Inquiry and General Background Investigations Unit. Since March 1997 to the present, he is assigned to the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, as a Major Case Specialist in Behavioral Analysis Unit III. At BAU-III, Mr. Koka engages in crime scene analysis, research, case consultations, and operational investigative activities relative to active and cold case child abductions, mysterious disappearances of children, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of children, child homicides, and serial murders of children.
Secretary/Board Member, Executive Board of Directors, International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA).
Associate Member, International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF).
Bachelor of Science (cum laude) in Administration of Justice, The American University, Washington, D.C.
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