Tonight we honor a true champion in the fight
for truth and justice. For twenty three years, this award winner dedicated his
career as a homicide investigator and later, Lieutenant Commander to his work
with the New York City Police Department. When he retired he was the Commanding
Officer of the Bronx Homicide Task Force. The task force handled over four
hundred homicide investigations a year. During his career he was recognized
many times for his bravery and exceptional police work. His selection into the
prestigious Honor Legion of the City of New York Police Department is but one
example of how his peers honored his work.
What distinguishes our
honoree further is his continued service to law enforcement. He is an
internationally recognized educator, author, and lecturer. His dedication to
the professionalism of homicide investigations is a model for us all. He shares
his homicide experiences as the author of Practical Homicide Investigation:
Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques, which is considered the "'Bible
for homicide investigations." The book in its fourth edition promotes our
honoree's belief that we must "do it right the first time. You only get one
Over 50,000 members from over 7,000 law enforcement agencies
have attended seminars presented by our honoree, which he has provided over the
past 26 years.
Commander Geberth has accomplished much in his life and
has been the proud recipient of numerous accolades and awards. But clearly,
whenever one speaks with him there is no greater source of pride than his two
sons who have followed their father's footsteps and serve proudly in the New
York State Police and NYPD.
Our honoree is a member of many nationally
recognized law enforcement professional organizations and I am proud to advise
you that he is a charter member of the IHIA.
Ladies and gentlemen, it
is my distinct privilege to introduce our honoree and award winner who
continuously reminds us that "We Work for God", Commander Vernon J.
Mr. William Hagmaier, is the Executive Director of
the International Homicide Investigator's Association. He retired as the Chief of the FBI
Behavioral Science Unit and has continued to serve as an adviser to the
Department of Justice and the national Center for Missing and Exploited
Children. His background and experience brings an impressive expertise to the
IHIA. Bill made the presentation of the Award for Excellence to Vernon Geberth
along with the President of the IHIA, Lieutenant Steve Buras, Jefferson Parish
Sheriff's Office and Inspector Kenny McKeel, Deputy Inspector, New York City
: INTERNATIONAL HOMICICDE INVESTIGATOR'S ASSOCIATION
Lt. Commander Vernon J. Geberth, retired, New York
City Police Department received the International Homicide Investigators
Associations (IHIA) Award of Excellence for his contributions to training of
homicide investigators. The award was presented at the Association's 13th
Symposium held in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 31, 2006.
Mr. Geberth retired after 40 years of law
enforcement service during which time he investigated, supervised, assessed,
researched, and consulted on over 8,000 death investigations. He continues to
serve as a Homicide Instructor for the New York City Police Department's
Homicide Investigator's Course.
Mr. Geberth has authored Practical
Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques,
Practical Homicide Investigation Checklist and Field Guide, and Sex
Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical
Perspectives which are all used internationally for homicide training.
The IHIA was founded in 1988 and is the largest and fastest growing
organization of homicide and death investigation professionals. It's over 1,600
members come from all 50 United States and 15 other countries. Nearly 400 law
enforcement, criminal justice professionals, coroners, medical examiners,
prosecutors, and scientific specialists attended the Symposium from all 50
United States and 9 other nations.
The core values of the IHIA are
professionalism, responsibility, cooperation, partnership, teamwork, honesty,
integrity, hard work, and diligence, all of which are necessary to be a
successful death and homicide investigator.
A primary mission of the
IHIA is to assist and support law enforcement agencies and death investigation
professional by providing leadership, training resources and expertise
necessary to solve cases.
Other 2006 Awards for Excellence were
presented to the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff s Office; the New
Orleans, Louisiana, Police department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
New Orleans Division, for their Hurricane Katrina responses; the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, Virginia, for its
continued service to victims of crime; Director John W. Gillis, Office for
Victims of Crime, United State Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for his
continued service to the victims of crime; Lt. Ken Landwehr, representing the
Wichita, Kansas, Police Department, for its BTK Task Force investigation; and
Detective Rob Boon, Utrecht Police Department, The Netherlands, for its
successful investigation of a child rape murder.