This course is accredited by Missouri POST, ABMDI and ACFEI.
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
- Medicolegal Death Investigators
- Private Legal Investigators
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