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Vernon J. Geberth Receives Award from
International Homicide Investigators Association


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 chance."

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. Geberth


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 Police Department.


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.

"Remember, We work for God."®