6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, Suite 165
Austin, TX 78744

T:  (512) 916-6000
F: (512) 916-6001


9-1-1 Homicide: Is the Caller the Killer?

Thirty percent of all murderers call 911 pretending to be innocent!  During this course, you will learn the Indicators of Guilt and Indicators of Innocence to predict the caller's involvement in the offense.  Actual homicide calls/cases will be analyzed by the students to learn and gain the skills necessary to get the truth in murder investigations.  Dispatchers, (the TRUE first responder to a homicide), Street Officers, Investigators, Prosecutors and Coroners should all attend this training!  

About the Instructor:

Tracy Harpster has served as a police officer in Ohio since 1984. He has worked as streetofficer, undercover narcotics officer, Sergeant,   Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief. In 2006, DC Harpster achieved a Graduate degree from the University of Cincinnati where his Master’s Thesis examined the indicators of innocence and guilt of 9-1-1 homicide callers reporting the offense. The study defined and analyzed the indicators in order to assist homicide detectives gain insight into the offense, suggest offender probability, and explore pertinent issues during the interview and interrogation phases of the investigation.  Deputy Chief Harpster is a member of the Vidocq Society and has shared his research at homicide conferences across the country and used his research to investigate over 2200 homicides.

September 6, 2022, 8:00am –
September 7, 2022, 5:00pm

Cost: Free
Hours: 16



Tracy Harpster

Special Instructions:

Dress Code: To promote a professional training environment, CAPCOG requires proper professional attire. T-shirts, shorts, leggings, and flip-flops are prohibited.

Attendee must provide their PID # to receive TCOLE credit for courses taken through CAPCOG.

CAPCOG provides training for the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in our region at no cost to 9-1-1 telecommunicators and their departments.

When space is reserved for a 9-1-1 training class offered by CAPCOG, students or the supervisor who made the reservation must cancel such reservation at least two business days prior to start of the class. If not, payment for the class will be invoiced to the appropriate agency for the "no show".


Capital Area Council of Governments - Lantana Room
6800 Burleson Road
Building 310, Suite 155
Austin, Texas 78744

For Questions:
Contact Pamela Frisk at pfrisk@capcog.org or 512-916-6097

Continuing Education Credits:

Course ID: 33078

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September 1, 2022

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CAPCOG reserves the right to cancel a class that does not meet the minimum number of registered attendees at least seven business days before the class start date. In those circumstances, CAPCOG will provide a full refund. Students who wish to cancel their registration must cancel online or notify CAPCOG in writing (via email or fax) at least seven business days prior to the course date in order to receive a refund. There will be a $10 administrative fee for processing the refund.

"No shows" and student cancellations made less than seven business days prior to the start of class may be charged the full course fee. Partial attendance will not be permitted for any of the courses.

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