Autopsy Suite

Medicolegal Death Investigation - Online Academy

This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. MLDI Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other medicolegal training today, this course offers a blended learning style combining online self-paced video training, along with opportunities of live interaction with instructors several times throughout the program, and a unique private facebook group open only to students of MLDI Online Academy where everyone can interact and ask questions. MLDI Online Academy is a six week guided course with certified instructors. However, at the end of the six weeks you still have access to all videos, downloadable material and the private facebook group. You can return to the online school anytime to finish up the courses or as a refresher in certain topic areas.

MLDI Online Academy includes all individual courses listed below as well as more course topics and material

Individual Courses Available Below

Medicolegal Investigations and Wound Documentation

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Determining Time of Death – A Forensic Overview

This is an intermediate level investigative training course for law enforcement, police, coroners, medical examiners, crime scene, and forensic technicians. This course will walk you through the steps used for determining time of death and will explore the science and investigative skills you will need to make a proper determination.

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Understanding and Investigating Gun Shot Injury

As injuries due to firearms are common in most areas of the United States, skill in the interpretation of these injuries is vitally important for the practitioner of death and injury investigation.This course will examine the forensic importance of gun shot injuries and will lead the investigator through proper identification and interpretation of gun shot injuries.

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Cutting and Stabbing Injuires – A Forensic Overview

Police, coroners, and death investigators must know and understand the difference in wound type and how different wounds are made. Many times, wounds such as lacerations and incised wounds (cuts), are misidentified or terminology is incorrect. In this course you are introduced to the forensic importance of stabbing and cutting injuries. T

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Understanding Sciences in Death Investigations

This training introduces the student to various scientific disciplines that may be involved in an investigation of death. The course is divided in two distinct sections. First, it covers the most common scientific disciplines both in forensics and non-forensic environments. The sciences are explained and how they fit into death investigation.

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Asphyxial Death – Classifications and Causes

This entry level course will introduce the student to the four primary classifications of asphyxial deaths, which are; mechanical, inert-gas, environmental, and pathological. The course will cover each classification and describe how death occurs and what investigators need to know to properly determine cause and manner of death due to asphyxial means.

Investigation Courses

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Investigating Suicide and Self Harm Death

This course is an overview course in the investigation of suicide and self harm death. The course is specifically designed for patrol officers, investigators, and coroners who have the duties of responding to and/ or investigating death. Specific causes of suicide deaths covered are self inflicted gun shot wounds, hanging and asphyxia deaths, drug overdose, Helium inhalation deaths, planned and assisted suicides.

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Scene Arrival, Assessment, and Documentation

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.

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Autoerotic Fatalities – Interpreting and Investigating the Scene

Autoerotic death investigations are rare, and knowledge comes from two sources; experience and education. Where you may lack experience with actual scenes, knowledge can be gained through education and research. My intention through this course is to give the investigator, regardless of experience or education level, the tools needed to properly interpret these scenes.

Investigating Infant and Child Death (SUIDI)

Investigating infant and child deaths require a unique approach and can be complicated for even the most experienced of investigators. These scenes, more than any other type, are highly charged and emotional. If not investigated with a pre-determined set of standards; evidence can be missed or scenes can be misinterpreted.

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Chemical Suicide – First Responder Safety

A trend in a method of committing suicide is continuing to grow in the United States and it poses a viable threat to first responders. This method does not involve firearms, knives or medications, but rather common household products. When mixed together, they can produce one of the most toxic gases known to man: Hydrogen Sulfide.

Officer Development

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Courtroom Testimony, Preparation, and Credibility

When testifying in court; the eyes of the jury, the judge, the prosecutor, the defense, and the public– are on you! Your reputation and that of your department may be enhanced or destroyed by your courtroom presentation.A single ineffective presentation in the courtroom can result in the acquittal of a defendant, no matter the amount of solid evidence you may have collected.

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Implications in Cause and Manner Rulings

This course is designed to walk the student through understanding cause and manner of death as well as the three categories used in time of death determination. Further, this course will introduce the student to the implications and issues that can arise from the decisions made in a ruling determination.

Interpersonal and Officer Well-Being

Racial Profiling Statute – Missouri

Racial Profiling Statute – Missouri

Yes, this is yet another racial profiling course – but I can promise you this pill is small and easy to swallow. In this short course I get you involved, pose some questions for you to consider, explore some scenarios and share some personal experiences too, all while covering the requirements of the law.

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity and Anger De-escalation For Death Investigators and Police

You can believe a different way, or have a differing cultural background, and still work toward the same goal. It starts with understanding and compassion for humanity.

MANAGING WORKPLACE CONFLICT

Managing Workplace Conflict

Conflict resolution within an agency can be very difficult. Some action, even if that is deliberate non-action, must take place. But how do we understand conflict, and when is it out of line.Very few leaders fail because of their inability to deal with success. Typically, failure results from an inability to deal with problems.

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Recognizing and Combating Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)

The burden of dealing with tragedies associated with the day-to-day duties of police officers, coroners, and medicolegal death investigators, often remains unspoken and follows the officers into their off-duty and personal lives.

Death Notification

Proper Death Notification Procedures

Death notifications can be some of the hardest conversations you will ever have. The emotional toll on you and the surviving family can be forever engraved in your mind. How you make the notification is vital to the grieving process, and can carry legal and moral responsibilities to you and your agency.