This course systematically walks an investigator and responding officer through the steps of proper arrival and securing of a crime scene.Then proceeds to scene assessment, evidence interpretation and collection, as well as proper documentation of the scene and evidence. The information in this course is designed to be beneficial to both law enforcement as well as C/ME investigators. Information discussed should be known and recognized by both interests.


This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  (ACFEI)


Who should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement
  • Coroner
  • Medicolegal Investigators
  • Forensic  or Criminal Students

Course Summary

This course systematically walks an investigator and responding officer through the steps of proper arrival and securing of a crime scene.Then proceeds to scene assessment, evidence interpretation and collection, as well as proper documentation of the scene and evidence. The information in this course is designed to be beneficial to both law enforcement as well as C/ME investigators. Information discussed should be known and recognized by both interests.

Course Objectives

Upon completion  of this course the participant will be better equipped to:

1.List at least three things you need to know when receiving an initial death call.

2.List the 7 things to be done first by the initial officer on scene

3.Explain why an inner and outer perimeter is needed

4.Explain why death scenes are more strained when it comes to cooperation between differing agencies.

5.List the 2 questions an investigator should ask themselves during the Stop-Look-Listen phase

6.Explain the three points of the investigative triangle

7.Explain how to use scale in photographs

8.Define the difference between personal property and evidence

9.Explain what 2 classifications of evidence are at a crime scene.

10.List the 3 key factors in collecting evidence

11.Explain the most important piece of evidence at a death scene

12.Define the Locard Exchange Principle

13.Explain why proper scene sketch methods are important

14.Explain why scene sketches are important in a criminal death investigation

 

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