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03 October 2018
REMINDER: Investigators from around the world train in Albany at annual homicide seminar hosted by New York State Police
George P. Beach II
Beau Duffy
Director of Public Information
(518) 457-2180

For Planning Purposes Only: The New York State Police is hosting the 31st Annual Colonel Henry F. Williams International Homicide Seminar. During the four day conference presenters are sharing their expertise on some of the biggest cases in the United States.
From cold to high profile cases such as Medgar Evers, the BTK killer and the Sandy Hook shooting, experts have been presenting to over 230 attendees who represent departments from across the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as well as Canada, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Germany and Spain.
The seminar is an important instrument for training the national and international law enforcement community in forensic sciences and technology.
A member of the State Police will be available for interview at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the New York State Police Academy (Building 24 on the State Office Campus). Media should arrive no later than 10:40 a.m. There will be an opportunity to take video of the seminar following the interview.
Henry Francis Williams, Jr. was sworn in as a New York State Trooper in 1951. He moved up the ranks and would eventually lead the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, sworn in as Colonel Hank in 1984.
The Williams Homicide Seminar is the result of the Colonel’s conversations with then Criminal Justice Director Lawrence Kurlander and Governor Mario Cuomo. When Colonel Williams passed away from cancer in 1986, the two leaders decided the Colonel’s idea for an international homicide seminar would take place. The first one was held in 1987. The “onetime-only” event has now seen more than 4,000 graduates.

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