Speakers 2018-05-28T19:21:09+00:00

SPEAKERS

NHIA Conference Speakers

We, as the National Homicide Investigators Association, work on obtaining national topics, trends, and current technology for our attendees.  We have enlisted a great schedule of presenters and vendors this year’s conference.  You can see the speaker’s photographs,  topics and biographies on the Speaker page of our website. Please check back frequently as we update our Conference Speakers page.

Robert Jacobs

Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Kansas Bureau of Investigation


Topic: 2016 Workplace Shooting at the Excel Industries Plant in Hesston, Kansas

R obert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Baker University. Robert holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University,
where he is currently an adjunct faculty member.

Robert has been a Special Agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) since 2001. He has been assigned to the Wichita Field Division working violent crimes since his appointment as a Special Agent.

In 2011, Robert graduated from the National Forensic Academy, session 29, in Knoxville, TN. Robert served on the KBI Crime Scene Response Team (CSRT) from 2010 to 2014. He was a member of the KBI High Risk Warrant Team (Tactical Team) from 2003 to 2018, where he
resigned as an Assistant Team Leader. Robert also serves as a member of the KBI Peer Support Team. Robert has completed advanced training in the area of Officer Involved Shooting Investigations to include the Force Science certification course.

Robert currently oversees the CSRT program for the KBI.

Rudy FloresW. R. (Rudy) Flores

Sergeant Retired, Texas Rangers


Topic: Child Death Investigation: A Team Approach

Texas Ranger Sergeant (ret.) W. R. (Rudy) Flores retired in 2015, with over 33 years of service in Texas law enforcement. He has served as a deputy sheriff, municipal police officer, and a Trooper, Sergeant and Texas Ranger with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a graduate of the Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University. He holds certifications as a Master Peace Officer, Instructor, Firearms Instructor and Special Investigator from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. Sergeant Flores was a member of the Crime Scene Investigation Working Group assigned to design, implement and instruct advanced investigation techniques for the Texas Rangers. He also served as a member of the Cold Case Review Team, a “think tank” administered by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas to assist in unsolved major crimes. Sergeant Flores has presented to many groups and organizations, and thousands of peace officers, lecturing on crime scene investigation, criminal investigation, family violence, domestic homicide and sexual assault investigations.

Brian HarrisBrian Harris

Chief Deputy, Harris County Constable Office Precinct 5


Topic: Child Death Investigation: A Team Approach

Brian Harris began his law enforcement career in 1986 serving as a municipal and county officer before joining the Houston Police Department in 1993. Brian became a Detective in 1995 and was assigned to the Homicide Investigation Division. He has worked a multitude of diverse homicide investigations. He holds a Masters degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, with an undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement and Police Science from Sam Houston State University. Brian contributed to the implementation of the Houston Police Department’s Investigative First Responder Program for the city’s southeast patrol quadrant, which trained uniformed officers to investigate complex crimes from the scene. He has been featured in TIME magazine, ABC’s 20/20, Primetime, the History Channel, Fox News Channel and numerous local stations. Brian Harris has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers nationally and internationally in Interviewing and Interrogations, Homicide Investigation, and a variety of other courses. He developed the Houston Police Department’s Interview and Interrogation training program, the Advanced Interviewing Program, the Basic Investigator’s School and the Police Recruiting Interview School. Brian retired from the Houston Police Department at the end of 2016. He continues to serve as the Chief Deputy of the Harris County Constable Office, Precinct #5.

Laura PettlerDoctor Laura Pettler

Laura Pettler & Associates Private Investigation & Forensic Consultation


Topic: Staged Homicide Crime Scenes

Dr. Laura Pettler is the Forensic Criminologist on the five-time Emmy Award Winning The Dr. Oz Show True Crime series. Private Investigator, former District Attorney’s Investigator and Deputy Coroner, Co-Executive Producer and Host of International Academy of Web Television Awards Nominee “Notorious: True Crime Stories with Laura Pettler,”Laura is the President of North Carolina based company ‘Laura Pettler & Associates Private Investigation & Forensic Consultation’, a prestigious multi-discipline roundtable of elite homicide experts that specializes in solving cold case and staged homicides using Pettler’s methodologies combined with their individual specialties. Laura was the Director of North Carolina’s former and only Crime Scene Reconstruction and Behavioral Analysis program in history based in Prosecutorial District 20A and was the Director of its former Cold Case Task Force. Laura is the author of the world’s first book on crime scene staging and intimate partner homicides, where she often uses her own invention, The Kaleidoscope Crime Scene Reconstruction Laser System to rebuild bullet and bloodstain paths. A typical day for Laura could mean working in LPA’s Murder Room solving a case, in the field, on a crime scene, or on the set of a TV show. Though Laura doesn’t teach on the ground much any more, she teaches in LPA’s online school and presents a few short presentations a year.