Patrol Officers Response & Understanding a Death Scene

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Death Investigation Academy

116 S. Smith St

Cuba, MO 65453

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This course is approved by Missouri POST and is written and instructed to national standards of scene management and death investigation.

Why Attend This Course

In nearly all instances, a law enforcement patrol officer will be the first enforcement unit on the scene of a death. In many jurisdictions, these same patrol officers are tasked with the responsibility of investigating these deaths, either through completion or until they recognize the need for more advanced assistance – if that assistance is even available.

In jurisdictions where criminal investigators and CSI personnel will be responding, it is still vital the patrol officer has an understanding of scene security and the process of investigation.

This course is specifically designed with the patrol officer, patrol supervisor, and detective in mind. The participant will be lead through the process of understanding a death scene from the moment they get assigned the call through the scene investigation process.

The course will focus on scene security, witness management, interpreting manners of death, evidence recognition and collection, scene documentation, wound identification and terminology, investigating infant and child death, signs of an altered scene, and preparing the final case summary and report. This course spends some time in the area of suicide investigation. Suicide is the 10th leading “cause” of death in the United States and the largest manner of death an officer will respond to. The officer is exposed to a variety of suicide and self-harm methods of death. Knowledge of some suicide methods could save the life of a responding officer.

This course qualifies for 8 – technical hours of Missouri POST accredited CEU training.

Who Should Attend This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers
  • Law Enforcement Patrol Supervisors
  • Law Enforcement Investigators
  • New Detectives
  • Coroners
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Private Legal Investigators

Course Objectives

After completing this course of instruction, participants will be better equipped to:

  • Recognize the steps required to properly secure a death scene
  • Manage witnesses and statements at the scene
  • Work with Coroners and investigators in determining cause and manner of death
  • Recognize various forms of suicide that might otherwise be misinterpreted
  • Locate and package various forms of evidence
  • Recognize the signs of an altered scene
  • Properly document a death scene
  • Complete a final case summary and report
  • Prepare and testify in court


Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Academy Director – Instructor

Darren is an ABMDI accredited medicolegal death investigator and an ACFEI certified criminal investigator working with Crawford County Missouri – an author, conference speaker, trainer, and podcast-media producer. He has a tri-balanced background in law enforcement investigations, corporate leadership, and Christian ministry.

Darren is a certified teaching instructor and criminal investigator with over 30 years of experience in the field of law enforcement and death investigations. He holds certification as an adjunct instructor and program developer for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Law Enforcement Training Institute – (Missouri University Columbia).

Darren is serving as Director of Operation and instructor for the Death Investigation Training Academy™, and hosts its online podcast-media program for death investigators.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the organizer of this event at support@deathinvestigation.training or call 1-888-556-0177

Can I pay by check or purchase order?

Yes - If your agency or government body wishes to register and pay by check or purchase order, contact the organizer directly for registration form and mailing instructions. support@deathinvestigation.training

What's the refund policy?

A full refund will be given up to 45 days prior to the event, if less than 45 days prior to the start of the event, credit will be given toward this - or another course in the future with one year.

Lodging and Hotels

Our preferred Hotel provider is Super 8 Hotel. Their phone number is 573-885-2087. When making reservations use reservation code (criminal and death investigation course) to get the program price.

Is the training held within walking distance of any hotel?


What is the nearest Airport

The nearest airport is Lambert Field in St. Louis Missouri.

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Death Investigation Academy

116 S. Smith St

Cuba, MO 65453

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