May 14, 2018: Detective Dave Sweet, Calgary City Police Homicide Division. website
Ben Kormos introduced Detective Dave Sweet, a homicide detective with the Calgary Police Department.
Detective Sweet’s career in law enforcement began in November, 1998, and since that time he has worked in general patrol, the drug unit and organized crime section, before landing in the homicide unit in June, 2009. In addition to a Distinguished Service Award in 2010, Detective Sweet received the Chief’s Award for Investigative Excellence in 2017.
Currently, Detective Sweet is in the final processes of publishing his first book, "An Unconventional Classroom — Life Lessons from a Veteran Homicide Detective", and in the fall of this year he will appear in an episode for the CBC’s series, "The Detectives".
Detective Sweet gave an example of a news release on the radio and how our mind automatically goes to our own experiences. He then proceeded to show us our mind's eye - sight, sound and smell by showing us pictures of homicide scenes. Emotion is what you feel at the time of a murder.
The CPS homicide unit is mandated to investigate the following:
Currently the CPS homicide unit employs:
Looks like a lot of employees, but not when you consider the Calgary Flames employ more!
Detective Sweet concluded by showing us a model of how they proceed to solve a homicide. Interpreting the event comprises analysis under three elements: the body, history and scene. Investigating a death scene is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together: all the pieces must fit together naturally.
Marvin Pawlivsky expressed the thanks of the club, and presented our world famous Boltman as an expression of our appreciation.
reported by Mike Carlin
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