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Advanced Arson Investigation Techniques for the Insurance Industry
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In the early 1980's, many U.S. states were enacting Arson Immunity Laws. Legislators recognized that most insurance fraud arson cases were built on circumstantial evidence. They knew that this covert crime was typically committed under cover of darkness using a carefully crafted scheme. To fight the crime, legislators recognized that it was essential for public authorities to have access to information in the files of insurance companies. Insurers also realized they must employ the best investigative techniques available to do their job right.

Partnership is a buzzword that has been often heard in the past few years. However, in the early 1980’s the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) demonstrated great vision in initiating a true partnership with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI) by developing a training course that would benefit both criminal law enforcement and the insurance industry. The creation of the Advanced Techniques for the Insurance Industry course was a product of this partnership. This 5-day training program was originally presented in Brunswick, Georgia, by experts with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and with specialists of the insurance industry. The training is now offered at ATF’s National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) in Huntsville, Alabama.

A selection committee carefully screens students for this program. It remains critical for the program to fully embrace the adult-based learning cycle as the foundation for accomplishing its teaching goals. This five-day course is completely interactive, so that classroom theory is taken through the cycle with a practical application. This is highlighted by time spent at the ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research for a live fire exercise and a practical exercise of a complex arson fraud investigation that drives home effective Case Management strategies.

Click the links to learn more about the Complex Fire Investigation for the Insurance Industry curriculum and schedule.


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