Lt. Cmdr. Vernon J. Geberth receives the Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Submitted Photo

Lieutenant-Commander Vernon J. Geberth, a Marco Island resident, was recently honored with the Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vidocq Society.

This prestigious award recognizes Commander Geberth’s outstanding contributions to the art and science of homicide investigations. The award was presented to Commander Geberth at the Vidocq Society’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Pen Ryan Estate in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

The Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award is a very special honor and it is not given out every year, but only when the Board of Directors deems someone particularly worthy of this recognition. Vernon Geberth is certainly deserving of this honor.

A retired Lieutenant-Commander of the New York City Police Department, with more than 46 years of law enforcement experience, Geberth has personally investigated, supervised, assessed, researched, and consulted on over 8,000 death investigations. In addition, he has been the recipient of more than sixty awards for bravery and exceptional police work, and is a member of the New York City Police Department’s Honor Legion.

Commander Geberth has authored many books, including “Practical Homicide Investigation: Tactics, Procedures, and Forensic Techniques,” recognized in the law enforcement field as “The Bible of Homicide Investigation.” He wrote the “Practical Homicide Investigation Checklist and Field Guide,” considered by professionals as an essential prerequisite in conducting proficient death inquiries. He is also the author of “Sex-Related Homicide and Death Investigation: Practical and Clinical Perspectives,” considered the framework textbook on sex-related murder. He co-authored “Autoerotic Deaths: Practical Forensic and Investigative Perspectives” with forensic pathologist Dr. Amy Sauvageau.

Commander Geberth has also published more than one hundred professional articles in clinical journals and periodicals. He is the Series Editor for the Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigation series and has edited more than 65 titles in this series of forensic books.

Commander Geberth is a nationally renowned lecturer, author, educator, consultant and expert witness on the subject of death investigation. In his seminars he focuses on advanced tactics, procedures and forensic techniques, and presents equivocal death cases, suicide and missed investigations, as well as serial murder investigation and the application of abnormal psychology to the investigative process. More than 72,335 members from more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies have attended Commander Geberth’s Practical Homicide Investigation® Seminars.

Commander Geberth has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and holds dual Masters Degrees in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Geberth says, “I was very honored and flattered to have been selected to be the recipient of the Vidocq Society’s Halbert E. Fillinger, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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