Det. Mike Bumcrot, B.S.
Homicide & Officer-Involved
Bumcrot retired January 2002 from the Los Angeles County sheriff's
Department. He served for over 33 years. He began his law enforcement
career after 4 years in the military. With less than three years of law
enforcement service, he was selected to the SWAT team where he worked
for 4 years.
was later transferred to the Detective Division and assigned to the
Narcotics Bureau. Within 4 years, he was again transferred, this time to
the Homicide Bureau where he worked until his retirement, over 22 years
assigned to the Homicide Bureau, Mike investigated several hundred
murders, including some of the highest profile cases in the state. Ten
of those cases were the murders of police officers. In 1995, he was
chosen California Deputy Sheriff of the year by the California
Organization of Police and Sheriffs (COPS) for the investigation, arrest
and conviction of a suspect for the murders of 2 local policemen.
Bumcrot has also investigated over 100 officer-involved shootings.
Because of his experience and expertise in this field, he has regularly
taught "High Profile Murder Investigations", "Crime Scene Management",
and "Officer Involved Shooting Investigations" at police academies,
advanced training classes, supervisor training, college classes,
homicide school, and in service training.
"retired" from LASO, Mike is currently working under contract with that
agency, performing in-service training duties. Mike is also writing a
book about an unsolved high profile homicide that, after it had been
"cold" for 14 years, he was able to resolve with a surprising
has a B.A. from the University of Redlands and is an active member of
the California Homicide Investigator's Association (CHIA). He's also an
instructor for the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation (ICI)
and an alumni of the Colonel Henry Williams New York State Police
International Homicide School.
Special Investigations Specialist
In more than twenty years as a law enforcement professional, Susan
has gained a wide range of experience. She served for several years in
the Patrol Division of the Austin Police Department in the Texas
capital. Susan was also a drug diversion investigator for the State of
Texas, planning and conducting hundreds of undercover drug
In l990, the Law Enforcement Institute of the University of
Missouri, Columbia, conferred an Advanced Investigator certification
upon Susan. She also holds NRA certifications in Pistol and Personal
Susan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from
Southwest Texas State University. Her career has also benefited from
extensive specialized training, ranging from Narcotics Investigation
from the Texas Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy, to
Defensive Handgun at the highly regarded firearms training facility,
Thunder Ranch, under Chief Instructor and Director Clint Smith.
Susan has provided expert testimony to the Criminal Justice
Committee of the Texas Senate and the Public Safety Committee of the
Texas House of Representatives, regarding the use of a firearm in
In l979, Susan was commended by the McLennan County Criminal
District Attorney for the arrest and conviction of an aggravated robbery