This 2-day course is written and instructed to national standards of scene management and death investigation.
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 led 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.
Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigation. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for over 20 years. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.
Darren holds national certification as a Medicolegal Death Investigator through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), as well as being a nationally certified criminal investigator and certified criminal investigations instructor.
Other accomplishments include the founding of the Death Investigation Academy as well as other investigator focused resources such the Coroner Talk Podcast. Darren has also published several books related to investigations; Investigating Suicide and Self-Harm Deaths, Interviews and Interrogations- getting the information you want, and Autoerotic Fatalities – a guide to investigating and interpreting the scene. Darren also co-authored the book CODE-Living healthy, happy, and whole submerged in tragedy, trauma, and death.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact the organizer of this event at [email protected] 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, simply register as normal and chose the pay by invoice option.
What's the refund policy?
A refund cannot be given for this event. However, the credit will be given for this - or other courses in the future with one year.
Disclaimer: The instructors, authors, and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.