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Welcome to the
Criminal Defense Investigation
Training Council (CDITC) 
Brandon A. Perron, National Director

The objective of the CDITC remains focused upon elevating the discipline of criminal defense and due process investigation to the level of significance and importance that it deserves.  We recognize our fundamental mission as criminal defense and due process investigators is the defense of the United States Constitution with an emphasis upon the 6th Amendment.  The Council is actively pursuing the goals of professional competence and academic excellence through Certifications, Training Seminars, Distance Learning, and Academy Level Training Programs.  We are honored to have the finest public defender investigators and private investigators in the nation among our ranks!


The Council encourages agencies and professionals actively engaged in the discipline of Criminal Defense Investigation to join the Council and pursue the nationally recognized and prestigious designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI).    Are you Board Certified?

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National Criminal Defense 

Investigation Academy

40 Hours-San Jose, CA

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Component Method of Criminal Defense

Investigation Program 

24 Hours- San Diego, CA

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First Graduating Class- United States Marine Corps, CDITC Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation and Case Management Certification. 
Join the Top Criminal Defense Investigators in the World for the highest level of training available!
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The Criminal Defense Investigation
 Training Council


Southeast - Florida - NDIA National Defender Investigator Association National Conference 

April 25, 2017

CDITC Forensic Instructor Brad Perron, CCDI, CFSI, will be providing a 1/2 day program covering Blood Detection and Bloodstain Interpretation as part of the NDIA National Conference.  The conference line-up of speakers is impressive and the program promises to be another outstanding program offered by the NDIA. 
Hyatt Regency, PIer 66, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

Midwest Component Method Criminal Defense Investigation Training - INSpi Indiana Society of Professional Investigators 

May 16-18, 2017

The CDITC in partnership with the Indiana Society of Professional Investigators is hosting the Component Method of Criminal Defense Investigation & Case Management Certification Course. The Six Components of Criminal Defense Investigation will also include a scenario based team oriented training module. 

Training will be held in South Bend, Indiana at the Double Tree Hotel led by Brandon A. Perron, CCDI, CFI-FTER.  Click here for more information - http://www.indianainvestigators.com/events.php

Southeast - Florida Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Advanced Certification Program, FPDA - Florida Public Defender Association 

July 27 & 28, 2017

The CDITC in partnership with the Florida Public Defender Investigator Association will be providing the CDITC 16 hour Advanced Forensic Interviewing Certification course to participating Florida Public Defender Investigators.  

The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques.  This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.  Exercises and practicums will be employed to enhance the training experience. 

FPDA Building A Better Defense Training - Hyatt Regency, Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida.

Rocky Mountains - Colorado Forensic Interviewing - FTER Method Certification Program, PPIAC - Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado

September 14, 2017 
The CDITC in partnership with the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado will be hosting the CDITC 8 hour Forensic Interviewing Certification course. The focus of this course is to introduce and certify the participants in FTER – Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery concepts and techniques.  This course focused upon criminal defense investigation and builds upon the concepts of forensic investigative interviewing.  

The Training will be held in concert with the PPIAC annual educational conference being held at the Westminster Marriot, Westminster, CO September 13-16, 2017.
Visit http://ppiac.org/


West Coast-Component Method and Defense Investigation Training-United States Marine Corps

January 6-8, 2017

United States Marine Corps, DSO Defense Counsel Assistance Program.  Two days - Criminal Defense Investigation - The Component Method.  One Day Sex Crimes Investigation for the Defense.  San Diego, CA. 

National Criminal Defense Investigation Training Academy
40 Hours of intensive training

Defense Investigator Academy

January 23-27, 2017

Five day Academy program - Successfully Completed! 

Criminal Defense Investigation: The Component Method & Case Management, Forensic Science Applications, and Capital Case and Penalty Phase Mitigation, Scenario Based Team Oriented Training - Instructors will consist of CDITC & CALI Cadre. This program promises to be the most exciting training event of the year! San Jose, CA.  


Karen S. Beers, BSW, CCDI, began her investigative career in 1996, also earning her Bachelor's in Social Work from Colorado State University (Magna Cum Laude).  She is also a Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI) and certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations.  In addition to being a subject matter expert in death investigations, her background, education and experience with victim advocacy and counseling are valuable assets in working with families and victims of traumatic events.

As a death investigator Karen was involved in the investigations of all manners of deaths and incidents, training under three Forensic Pathologists.  From 2004-2006 she investigated and assisted with numerous death cases and scenes, and assisted with forensic autopsies.


Full Name, Title, Employer, Agency: -Karen S. Beers, Co-Owner of  Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC 


Business Address: P.O. Box 200030, Evans, CO - serving northern Colorado and national consultations


Website: www.Forensic-Investigators.com


Email for contact purposes: beersks@deathcasereview.com


Education & Training: Education: AS, BSW, and Medicolegal Death Investigations

Training:  Numerous Continuing Education Certifications


Experience: Began working with Dean Beers in 1996 as an assistant, then worked as a death investigator at our local coroner’s office, then went back to the private sector and am now a partner in our investigative business.


Special Certifications and Licenses: Licensed Legal Investigator, Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, Certified in Medicolegal Death Investigations


Specialty and Focus: Equivocal Death Investigation, Personal Injury, Negligence & Death / Serious Bodily Injury in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation


Please describe your most interesting or rewarding case? "There are several cases that have been either and or both interesting and rewarding.  Every case is unique, some may seem "routine" until you start digging into the details.  It is always rewarding when we can bring some sort of closure for families.  Suicide is so heartbreaking and there is never a cut and dried case so to speak with suicide.  Finding some answers to help ease the loved ones of the person who committed suicide is rewarding to see them be able to let go of some of the misconceptions and be able to inch their way back into living their lives again.  It's a difficult path for the families, but it starts with one foot in the correct direction using the evidence in the case, not the speculations."


Why do you enjoy being an investigator? "I enjoy being an investigator because you can help people by using skills you personally possess such as intelligence, life experiences, intuition and then use your knowledge to be able to decipher the facts of a case.  Some people think being an investigator is easy.  They watch an episode of CSI or a special on Netflix, then figure it all out by watching the show.  What these same individuals do not realize is the show is directing you toward a conclusion without giving you all the facts.  It takes an unbiased, intelligent mind to see and work through pages and pages of information to find the facts in the mix of all the opinions and fiction in a case."


What does it mean to be a board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator to you? "You can assure your clients of the highest integrity, skill and background in the fact finding investigative component in the defense.  Finding the facts in any case is of utmost importance." 


Fun fact Hobbies, interests, etc : "I enjoy my grandchildren - they are still young enough that I can act like a kid and they think it's funny.  My weakness is game playing, but something I enjoy.  I like to draw/paint and anything artistic/creative to include singing and writing, when I can make the time to do so.  I also enjoy exercising. "



The CDITC maintains a You Tube channel reflecting a variety of videos regarding criminal defense investigation 
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The CDITC is honored to welcome the United States Military into our organization.  We had the privilege to deliver the CDITC Certification Training to the investigative team of the Office of Chief Defense Counsel in Washington, D.C.  The training was attended by Navy NCIS, Army CID, and Air Force OSI agents as well as civilian investigators assigned to the team. 


The White House, Washington, D.C.   

Golden Rule Award Finalist – CDITC Intern Investigator Program


"I commend you for your commitment to the American ideal of Service.  Your efforts are going a long way toward healing and renewing your communities and serve as an inspiration to all who are striving to improve our world." 


  -  Bill Clinton - President of the United States of America  

Indiana Public Defender Council   


"I secured Mr. Perron’s services to conduct an eight hour intensive training program for criminal defense investigators here in Indiana.  The program which Mr. Perron devised, organized and single-handedly taught was the best investigator training we have ever been able to secure for our investigator members."   


  - Jodie English, Attorney at Law - Training Coordinator  

Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Public Advocacy    


"Brandon Perron, the Executive Director of the CDITC, is a rare triple threat of a presenter.  He brings the rare combination of clear communication in preparation, strong substance and excellent showmanship.  He motivates and challenges investigators to perform at the highest level and take responsibility for their work and their role in the agency." 


  - Jeff Sherr, Attorney At Law - Education and Strategic Planning Manager

Colorado Public Defender

"We've heard from many attendees how much they appreciated the training.  Your are an engaging speaker which made it possible for people to actually stay tuned in for the message.  We really appreciate all you did to make this investigator conference such a success for us"

John Goglach and Pam Sharp, training organizers for the Colorado Public Defender.



Government Agency Members & Participants:

  1. United States Department of Defense (DOD) - US Military Office of Chief Defense Counsel
  2. United States Government - Federal Public Defender
  3. National Indian Gaming Commission, Department of the Interior
  4. State of Virginia - Department of Criminal Justice Services
  5. State of Colorado - Public Defender Office                          
  6. State of Illinois, Cook County Public Defender - Chicago, IL         
  7. State of Connecticut - Public Defender, Quinnipiac Law School
  8. State of Indiana - Public Defender - Indianapolis, IN
  9. State of Ohio - Public Defender
  10. Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy - Frankfort, KY
  11. State of Minnesota -  Public Defender
  12. State of Iowa, Public Defender
  13. State of Florida 2nd Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Tallahasee, FL
  14. State of Florida, 4th Judicial Circuit, Public Defender, Jacksonville, FL
  15. State of Florida 5th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Ocala, FL
  16. State of Florida 8th Judicial Circuit Public Defender, Gainesville, FL
  17. State of Florida 9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Orlando, FL
  18. State of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Miami, FL
  19. State of Florida, 13th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Tampa, FL
  20. State of Florida 19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender - Fort Pierce, FL
  21. State of Florida, 4th District, Regional Conflict Counsel
  22. State of Missouri, Public Defender
  23. State of Wisconsin, Public Defender
  24. State of Massachusetts, CPCS Committee for Public Counsel Services
  25. State of Georgia, Public Defender
  26. State of North Carolina, Public Defender
  27. State of Arizona, Public Defender
  28. State of Louisiana, Public Defender
  29. New York State Defender Association, New York Public Defender
  30. State of New York Public Defender Association
  31. Ontario County Public Defender, State of New York
  32. State of Arkansas, Public Defender Commission
  33. State of South Dakota - Public Defender

Professional Association Partners & Participants:
  1. NDIA - National Defender Investigator Association
  2. NAIS - National Association of Investigative Specialists
  3. TCDLA - Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  4. FAPD - Florida Association of Public Defenders
  5. NALI - National Association of Legal Investigators
  6. PAWLI - Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators
  7. SCALI - South Carolina Association of Licensed Investigators
  8. LPDAM - Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts
  9. FALI - Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
  10. TALI - Texas Association of Licensed Investigators
  11. CALI - California Association of Licensed Investigators
  12. NCAPI - North Carolina Association of Private Investigators
  13. CALPI - Connecticut Association of Private Detectives
  14. GAPPI - Georgia Association of Professional Private Investigators
  15. IAPI - Iowa Association of Professional Investigators
  16. MCPI - Michigan Council of Private Investigators
  17. ISPI - Indiana Society of Professional Investigators
  18. SDBA - South Dakota Bar Association

Educational Institutions

Boston University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Northeastern University
Roger Williams College
Quinnipiac Law School
City College
Indian River State College
Kaiser University
Private Agency Members & Participants:
Ashenoff & Associates - Miami, FL

Case in Point Investigations - Manchester, NH & Boston, MA

I.R.I.S. LLC - Hartford, CT


Investigative Support Specialist, Inc - Stuart, FL

Fairfield Investigations, Jupiter, FL


Call 1-800-465-5233 to schedule a training event at your location.