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. The information discussed should be known and recognized by both interests.



This course is approved for 2.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested 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. The 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 the 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 different 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 a 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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This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material.

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.