Dr. James Adcock, a faculty member in the Criminal Justice program at Clayton State University, recently returned from his second visit to the Dutch Police Academy in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
During the second week in September, Adcock was a guest lecturer at the Dutch Police Academy. While his presentations focused on the investigation of cold cases, he provided advice and tips on how to properly evaluate a cold case, the design of victimology reports and how to develop suspects in unresolved homicides. He also gave a presentation to academy staff and police leaders from the surrounding area regarding the evaluation process of these types of cold cases.
In July 2011, in response to Adcock and Clayton State Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Sarah Stein’s recent book, “Cold Cases: An Evaluation Model with Follow-up Strategies for Investigators,” both Adcock and Stein were invited by Jaap Knotter of the Dutch Police Academy to visit The Netherlands to discuss cold cases (i.e., older criminal cases that have never been solved.) In particular they were asked to spend a week with Knotter and his colleagues in an effort to integrate the Adcock/Stein cold case model into the curriculum for the advanced detective class at the Dutch Police Academy in Apeldoorn.
As a result of this first trip, the Dutch Police Academy officially adopted the model into their training program for detectives, and, in January 2012, a dozen students from a class at Apeldoorn came to the United States and spent a week in the Atlanta area.
While in Atlanta, they were introduced to Com Stat units of both Atlanta PD and Forest Park PD; were given a tour of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations Crime Laboratory at Fort Gillem, and spent three days at Clayton State receiving lecturers on cold case investigations and learning about staged crime scenes.
Knotter then invited Adcock back to return to the Dutch Police Academy last month to speak directly to the police detective students about cold case investigations at the Police Academy located in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
Adcock, who is currently in the process of getting Clayton State’s Center for Justice Studies up and running, says that the experience in Apeldoorn was exhilarating in that he found the students to be extremely intelligent, from numerous different backgrounds, and open-minded with a keen desire to learn more.
“It was by far one of the best experiences I have ever had with an audience,” he adds.