FBI Criminal Profiler John Douglas

CRMJ 2490

Introduction to Forensic Science and Law Enforcement


Class 1 - Thursday, April 9, 6:00 - 10:00 pm; FAB 70
Class 2 - Thursday, April 16, 6:00 - 10:00 pm ; Yellowstone Building
Class 3 - Thursday, April 23, 6:00 - 10:00 pm; FAB 70

Course Description:

Credits: 1
Cost: $109

This course is divided into several sub-themes related to forensic science and law enforcement. The course will cover information related to psychopaths, criminal profiling, mass, spree, and serial murder, serial killers, careers in criminal justice, and a Citizen's Police Academy Training Session.

Class 1 - Thursday, April 9, 6:00 - 10:00 pm; FAB 70

6:00 - 7:50 pm

Eric Silk – Psychopaths: This lecture will include material on psychopaths, including conceptualization, societal impact, and diagnosis of antisocial and narcissistic personality disorders, media portrayal, cases studies, and intervention/treatment.

7:50 - 8:10 pm

Break – Sign up for the Citizen’s Police Academy Training Sessions

8:10 - 10:00 pm

Dave Erickson – Serial Killers: This lecture is on serial killers. This will include a historical perspective of serial killers, differentiation between mass, spree, and serial murder, typologies of murder, and sexual homicide.

Class 2 - Thursday, April 16, 6:00 - 10:00 pm; Yellowstone Building  

6:00 - 6:05 pm

Citizen’s Police Academy Training Sessions: Lou McPhail will introduce the sessions.

6:10 - 7:00 pm

Session 1

7:10 - 8:00 pm

Session 2

8:10 - 9:00 pm

Session 3

9:10 - 10:00 pm

Session 4

  • Crime Scene Investigation 101:  Experience a crime scene where you are the detective!  See first-hand how law enforcement officers secure a crime scene and collect evidence that will be used to solve the crime at the forensics lab.  You will work with law enforcement detectives to determine what happened and who the suspects are that have done this horrible deed.  Delve into the world where DNA, fingerprinting, comparison microscopes, luminal and ALS (alternate light sources) are used to identify blood splatter patterns, weapons used and other evidence that can be used in a courtroom to convict a criminal.

  • Law Enforcement Training “Use of Force” 101:  Immerse yourself in the world of “Virtual Reality” and face life and death decisions that must be made in a split second by our officers in the field!  Experience the VirTra 300LE “Virtual Firearms Simulator” the state-of-the-art 300-degree wrap-around simulator where officers can train for the most difficult real-world situations, such as vehicle stops, home raids, hostage situations and other high risk conditions that require situational awareness during extreme stress.  See how scenario based training can save lives and even teach citizens to be more aware of their surroundings.

  • Corrections Officer Training 101:  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an inmate at a correctional facility and see how Law Enforcement trains to deal with some of the most violent offenders in our society?  Here is your chance!  Come to our complete “mock jail cell” - that has been recreated down to the last detail and learn how corrections officers conduct cell searches, prisoner transports and other daily incarceration methods that ensure the safety of our society.  You may even want to try on the cuffs and shackles!

  • Traffic Stop - Search and Seizure 101:  Walk through an actual traffic stop with a law enforcement officer and see why most officer involve incidents involve a traffic stop.  Learn the secrets of being a safe and courteous driver as an officer approaches your vehicle and understand how dangerous it is to be on the “other end” of a traffic stop.  See how officers protect themselves by making an arrest and legally searching a vehicle for weapons to ensure their safety.
Class 3 - Thursday, April 23, 6:00 – 10:00 pm; FAB 70  

6:00 - 7:50 pm

Lou McPhail - Criminal Justice and Forensic Science: This lecture will include material related to careers in law enforcement and law enforcement training. He will also examine profiling assistance available from the FBI.

7:50 - 8:10 pm


8:10 - 9:45 pm


9:45 - 10:00 pm

Eric Silk – Criminal Profiling: This lecture will present an introduction to criminal profiling, the reality of use and limitations, crime scene analysis, the use of forensic science techniques in assisting profiling strategies, and types of profiling.

Class Wrap-up – Dave Patterson and John Douglas Lecture Information

Sensitive Material Warning: As this course exams criminal behavior, you may find some of the material covered in the class offensive to your personal values such as violence, murder, rape, drug and alcohol use, rough language, sexual behavior, religious examples, etc.


Current students can login to WebAdvisor through the MyNWC student portal to register for classes online.

By phone: (800) 560-4692 or 754-6148.

In person: Stop by the Orendorff Building, Room 102 on the NWC campus.

Contact Instructors

Eric Silk
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Email: Eric.Silk@nwc.edu
Phone: 307-754-6132
Location: Yellowstone Building
Office: YB122

Lou McPhail
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Email: Lou.McPhail@nwc.edu
Phone: 307-754-6185
Location: Yellowstone Building
Office: YB120

Dave Erickson
Professor of Sociology and Chairperson of Social Science and Education Division
Email: David.Erickson@nwc.edu
Phone: 307-754-6130
Location: Yellowstone Building
Office: YB233