Aquatic Death & Homicidal Drowning Investigation
Taught by Andrea Zaferes
This course has been approved for 8 hours of Continuing Education (CE) creditby the Pennsylvania Coroners' Education Board under the provisions of Act 22 of 1988.
This course will cover and demonstrate methods of best practice for investigating deaths in water.
Course Topics include:
- Investigation procedures on the scene.
- Witness interviewing procedures.
- Post-mortem physiology – what to look for on a body recovered from the water.
- Where to look for a body in open water – what procedures to follow.
- Three types of incidents: homicide by drowning, victim’s body dumped in water after homicide on land, and near-drowning as a result of child abuse or other foul play.
- Why to approach drowning fatalities and child near-drownings with the same degree of suspicion as any other homicide or possible child abuse incident.
- How to retrieve and handle evidence thrown in the water.
- How to know if a dive team is doing an effective search or not.
- Investigation of vehicular water suicides and how to determine the difference between a vehicular suicide and attempted cover-up.
- Profiling an open water investigation.
- Case history debriefings.
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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No.
How should I dress? Please wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes that can get dirty.
Do I need to bring any equipment? No, all equipment will be provided. All participants will receive a course manual and certificate of completion. Breakfast will be provided each morning. Lunch is on your own; there are many lunch venues on campus or within a short walking distance.
Travel and lodging information: Air travel is through Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is approximately an hour South of Arcadia University. Public transportation from the airport to Glenside Station is available using the SEPTA Regional Rail service. Arcadia University is a 15min walk from the station.
Accommodation for 3 nights (Monday, March 13 - Wednesday, March 15) is available in either apartment-style or dormitory housing. Delegates in need of accommodation should contact Arcadia Conference Service (215-572-2998 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oak Summit Apartments:
3 nights with linens/double occupancy = $240 per person
3 nights with linens/single = $290 per person
Traditional Residence Hall
3 nights with linens/double occupancy = $195 per person
3 nights with linens/single occupancy = $235 per person
Meal options may be added at an additional cost. Alternative packages are available for guests wanting to arrive earlier and/or stay longer to explore Philadelphia, Valley Forge or any of the surrounding area.
What is the refund policy? For On-Site Training:
- Substitutions of attendee may be made at any time.
- Cancellation and/or reschedule requests must be received in writing by email or fax. You are responsible for ensuring that your written request is received. The Course Facilitator will reply with a written acknowledgement.
- Attendees must cancel more than 3 weeks prior to the course date to receive a full refund.
- Cancellation requests received 3 weeks to 10 business days prior to the course date will result in a credit toward attendance at a future scheduled course taking place within 12 months of the original course. Rescheduling is allowed on a one time basis only, with no further rescheduling permitted. If you do not attend a course within 12 months from the original seminar, the entire course fee will be forfeited.
- Cancellations made 10 to 5 business days prior to the first day of training, will receive a refund of 50% of the course fee.
- Cancellations made 5 or less business days prior to the course date, or failure to appear for the course, will result in forfeiture of the course fee.
- Arcadia University reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses at any time. If the course is canceled or rescheduled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances beyond the facilitator's control, you are entitled to a full refund, but Arcadia University is not responsible for travel arrangements, travel fees, or any expenses incurred by you as a result of such cancellation. If the facilitator cancels a course in which you are enrolled, you will be contacted at the email address you provided when registering, so please be sure to provide a valid email address.
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The Forensic Science program at Arcadia University provides high quality, competent, and professional forensic science education and training. This mission is accomplished through contact with internal and external professional practitioners and academicians; through research, internships, and other forensic science activities intended to increase students' knowledge of forensic science; and through practical and ethical professional training. Believing that the program's mission can be achieved through productive interactions among practitioners, academics, and related forensic science activities, Arcadia University:
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