Investigative Genetic Genealogy For Law Enforcement

Taught by Christine Burke, former police detective and sergeant, who is a Certified International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards & Training (IADLEST) Instructor.
Nevada POST approved course: P0220026, No POST approval needed in Alabama or Florida.

Investigative Genetic Genealogy For Law Enforcement Class

Nothing is better than catching the perpetrator, helping to achieve justice for the victim, their family, friends and loved ones. Nothing is worse than having no suspects, no leads, no resources or time, and having no explanation other than, "We've done everything we can."

Easily go from "Whodunnit?" to "He or she did it!" using Genetic Genealogy. Through the remarkable use of DNA, technology and genealogy, it is possible to isolate a suspect and go from an "unknown suspect" (UNSUB) to a family name and possibly even the perpetrator themselves quickly and easily. It really is that simple. I'm living proof.

Instead of spending hours canvassing a neighborhood, talking to endless witnesses and fielding a multitude of fruitless hotline calls, let the DNA do the work for you.

Along with a complete genetic profile, the available technology and our training, you will have all the tools needed to locate your suspect pool or singular suspect in many times a matter of weeks, days or hours.

Either of our class lengths include the following training:

  • Over 15 hours of hands-on practical work on real cases - you are investigating and identifying persons of interest
  • The background on genetics and genealogy and how it applies to these cases 
  • Locating, identifying and understanding the technology needed 
  • Hands-on training working with real DNA profiles and genealogy data 
  • From unknown matches in Case One: Identify MRCA; In Case Two: Identify Unrecorded DNA Offspring; In Case Three: Identify MRCA; In Case Four: From scratch use matches to completely identify the person of interest.
  • A workbook with cheat sheets, check lists and shortcuts
  • Information on available grants
  • Forensic DNA and Genetic Genealogy testing labs to develop the profile
  • Information on options to set up your Genetic Genealogy Investigations division and how to obtain support personnel if needed.
  • Monthly "office hours" meetings with Christine to discuss findings and get additional help if needed
  • Ongoing training through our learning portal in topics of interest
  • This is not a Theory class

How Do I Attend?

Our live online classes are held twice a week, for two hours each day, so that you have time to absorb the lesson and implement it on your own, in your active cases, outside of class. We then discuss your findings in the next class and build upon what you have learned. Please use the Contact Us page to check on availability as classes fill up fast.

Our live in-person classes are held over three days at your location or ours. To schedule a date for your agency, please use the Contact Us page and also ask us about sponsoring the training or look at upcoming dates below.

As a bonus, to continue building your skills, we have a private law enforcement only group specific for this training, where you can ask questions, speak with other investigators and your instructor, while further honing your skills as you work your cases.

Why Take This Class?

There are way too many cases going unsolved. With biological evidence and a genetic profile you CAN get suspects and narrow your focus. Why would you not, when DNA can lead the way? We are currently training state and local law enforcement and our goal is to have at least one officer per agency utilizing this amazing crime solving tool.

Why This Instructor?

Because I have been in your position. As a major case detective, I too was tasked with figuring it all out. Usually with little to no information. Statistics count and so does getting justice for your victims.

I didn't choose to learn DNA and genetic genealogy, it chose me when I found out that almost my entire family was not as I had known it. I had to start from scratch and over close to 5 years, I've immersed myself in everything genetics, genealogy and have developed the quickest way to the results - be it my family or your suspect.

I am able to take something that was totally devastating and turn it into something amazing, continuing my passion for law enforcement and making a difference. Enroll today to join me on that path to clear more cases and catch more people.

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Genetic Genealogy For Law Enforcement LIVE In Person Class January 2023 - Carson City NV/Lake Tahoe
Course Dates: January 17 - 19, 2023

Classroom: Carson City Sheriff's Office, 911 E Musser St, Carson City, NV 89701

Hotel Rates: $129 Staybridge Suites, 972 Retail Court, Carson City NV 89706, (775) 387-3502

Register: Below. 

Contact us for an invoice or if you are redeeming an Enduring Service award. 

Materials Needed: You will need a laptop with internet capability for Wifi.
Genetic Genealogy For Law Enforcement LIVE In Person Class February 2023 - Oklahoma City, OK
Course Dates: February 21,22,23 - 2023

Classroom: Edmond OK Police Department, 100 E First Street, Edmond, OK 73034

Hotels: 

Register: Below. 

Contact Us for an invoice OR If you are Redeeming an Enduring Service award.

Materials Needed: You will need a laptop with internet capability for Wifi.

Genetic Genealogy For Law Enforcement LIVE In Person Class  - Nashville, TN
Course Dates: TBD


Register: Through our school or contact us for an invoice.

You will need a laptop with internet capability for Wifi.

Upcoming Live Online Class Dates: (Note: Other sessions available upon request including in-person and on-location Contact Us).  Our virtual training saves on travel costs and allows investigators to continue to work their caseloads while learning (Zoom).

Genetic Genealogy For Law Enforcement Live, Online Class November 2022
Class Dates: November 3, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 28, 30 - 2022 from 1000 to 1200 Pacific time via Zoom. 

This is a live, online Virtual course, held for two hours, twice weekly for four weeks for a total of 16 classroom hours. 

Register: Through our school or contact us for an invoice.

Enduring Service Award Recipients: We are happy to schedule in to our current offerings, space permitting, or please contact us to have the training at your facility.

"...it is amazing the links that it can make with people." Detective, Local Law Enforcement
"I learned a LOT during your classes and definitely see the advantage in using genealogy websites to locate suspects." Agent, Federal Law Enforcement

"The class was great and I can see how it could be a valuable resource." Captain, Police Department

"This is a terrific course..." - Agent, Director, Federal Law Enforcement Academy
"I was immediately impressed with her technical, teaching and communication skills." - Larry Ludwig, Retired LE, Vice President of Acceptance Insurance Special Investigations Fraud Unit
"Christine is a very honest person and dedicated to her profession. She is motivated to find the truth in her investigations. She has a strong standing in her community and is very well-respected." - John MacVeigh, Retired FBI Agent, Current Private Investigator
Your Instructor: Christine Burke

Christine combines her personality and experience in her consulting, educational, and entrepreneurial endeavors.

She is a former police detective and sergeant and law enforcement trainer.

She is the owner of, and supervisory investigator for, Strategic Intelligence Services PLLC, a global full-service private investigative and process service agency located in Arizona.

Christine is a qualified Expert Witness in the area of police procedure and culture.

She combines a love for her work and charitable causes in Help Solve The Case, which donates investigative resources to review, investigate, and solve cold cases, wrongful convictions and DNA and genetic genealogy cases.

Christine worked as a police officer in South Florida, in the positions of officer, detective and sergeant.

Christine worked with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Posse as a law enforcement trainer, as one of the DUI Task Force Coordinators, as part of the Dignitary Protection Team, and facilitating interstate prisoner transport.

Christine was a Board Director for Dress For Success of NE Florida and supported the Humane Society of NE Florida.

Christine holds a Master's Degree in Business Organizational Management, a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology and has completed over 200 continuing education classes.

Christine consults in both the business and criminal justice areas and she relishes the chance to tell a good story or provide technical expertise.

In 2016 Christine was featured as a guest speaker for the Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators (AALPI), in 2014 a featured investigator for Investigation Discovery ID TV, and she also enjoyed her on screen role as a police officer in The Maddening, a motion picture starring Burt Reynolds and Angie Dickenson.