President's Message

I have been very fortunate to have had a long career in law enforcement and am now closing in on 33 years with the same agency. I can look back and am proud of many accomplishments in my time with my department. I now have the privilege to be the president of the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators and feel it is truly a great honor.

I attended my first WAHI training seminar in 1999 and still remember how impressed I was with the presenters and how relevant the training was to homicide investigations. I continued to attend WAHI training seminars each year as I felt it was one of those I must attend. Each year I see many of the same friends and colleagues and believe they share my same thoughts on the training.  I have taken back countless information which I have learned attending these seminars and have put it to use.  In 2007 I was asked to fill a vacant board of directors seat for WAHI and have been on the board ever since. I still believed that this organization provides the very best training related to the investigation and prosecution of homicide cases.

Besides the valuable training that is provided at the WAHI training seminar, the awards banquet is a chance to recognize individuals in our profession for exemplary work. Now more then ever it is important that we focus on the dedication and hard work which takes place daily through out our state and nation. If you know of anyone who is deserving of recognition, please contact one of our board of directors for information on nominating them.

As a reminder, I would also encourage agencies to take advantage of our cold case review team. You can have a case review completed at no cost by members who have countless years of experience. Please see the Cold Cases tab on the website for information.    

I wish to thank all of my fellow board members for all the hard work that they do which makes my job as president much easier. WAHI could not be successful without their dedication.  We are now busy planning the 2019 training seminar which will be at the American Club in Kohler April 23rd-26th 2019. I look forward to seeing you there.


David Carlson

W.A.H.I. Wants You for a Board of Director Position

The WAHI Board of Directors is seeking interested members to join the Board of Directors. We ask any member in good standing that wishes to become more involved in your organization to seek election to the Board of Directors (BOD). Elections are held at the annual meeting.  The annual meeting is at the start of business on the Wednesday of the annual conference.  If interested or if you wish to nominate a member contact BOD Chris Moews. 

BOD history:  Beginning in 1996, the Board of Directors shall consist of fifteen (15) members. They shall be elected for a period of three (3) years and shall hold office and execute their duties until their duly-elected successor has been named. The Board of Directors shall be divided into such groups so that one-third (1/3) of the Board shall be elected at each of the annual conferences. Candidates for election to the Board of Directors shall be chosen by the Nominating Committee, (to be appointed by the President). In addition, any member of the Corporation may nominate a candidate for the Board of Directors by submitting the name of such nominee pursuant to the guidelines established by the Nominating Committee, such guidelines being approved by the Board of Directors. Any person so nominated shall remain in nomination unless such nomination is declined before nominations are closed. Nominations from the floor shall not be accepted. We look forward to seeing you at this year's conference.