August 24, 2022
Professor Rachel Walton
Rachel Walton, professor of Criminal Justice

Rachel Walton assists in Canadian cold case homicide training program

Professor Rachel Walton travelled to Ottawa, Canada, for 2 weeks in June to teach and assist in the cold case homicide training program for Canadian law enforcement at the Collège Canadien Police. In 2018, she was consulted as a result of officials with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police there discovering her textbook, “Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques (CRC Press, 2017 2nd ed). As a result, she volunteered extensive time assisting in the design of the program and identifying American law enforcement presenters to speak on various aspects of cold case homicide investigation. The first class was highly successful, and she wrote an evaluation report for the officials as well.  

The program was suspended in 2020 and 2021 due to Canadian Covid restrictions but was rejuvenated for the current year. Despite the late announcement, the course filled quickly with officers from police service agencies (they do not call them police ‘department’s) and RCMP “Mounties” from across the Dominion from the Pacific to Nova Scotia.  

Education is a 2-way street, and she learns much from our neighbors to the north as they do from us. These trips are very fulfilling for her as in teaching criminal justice, she has enriched her own knowledge and shares this with her students.