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Criminal Investigations

Death Investigation for the First Officer or Supervisor on the Scene

Length of Seminar: 2 Days
Instructor: David Rivers

Course Overview:
This two day training module will assist the uniform first responder and supervisors in conducting a thorough initial investigation into all types of death investigations. This training is also structured so the uniform officers who conduct follow-up investigations will receive additional information that will aid them in the performance of their job. It is a must for uniformed officers and supervisors.

Day One:

Post Mortem Body Changes: Livor Mortis, Rigor Mortis, Decomposition, Cadaveric Spasm, Algor Mortis and Tache Noire, Cause and Manner of Death will be defined and examined. Identify the difference between cause and manner of death.

Scene Security: 4th Admendment Issues, Scene Control and Exigency will be reviewed.

Miranda and other initial problems on death scenes: Observation, Documentation, Miranda Issues and how to handle the presence of a subject on the scene before the arrival of the investigator.

Natural Death Investigtion: Why Autopsy? Sudden Unattended Natural Death defined, what to do on the scene, notifying and interviewing relatives, checking medication, physical activity just prior to death, personal history, cultural and religious issues and some unique types of natural death investigation will all be investigated.

Day Two:

Suicide: Cases will be examined with some example cases reviewed, as well as contacts with the media and how to deal with them.

Non-vehicular accidental deaths: Including natural disasters, plane crashes, auto-erotic deaths and other non-vehicular accidental death investigative procedures will be examined.

Homicide Cases: Responsibilities and duties of the first responding officer. Look at the investigation from a different perspective.

Court Preparation: Proper documentation of your case and tips on testifying.

Officer Involved Shootings: Other In Custody Deaths will be examined. Case Law, Subject and Witness Officer’s Rights and Garrity Issues will be covered. Also Suicide by Cop (SbC) will be addressed.

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