At DITA we believe in peer to peer training using the best accredited instructors. All of our instructors and trainers are accredited in their specialized fields. Many are nationally know authors, speakers, trainers, and certified as expert witnesses.  DITA instructors are either currently working in or recently retired from the disciplines they are instructing.  It is our belief that the  best instructors are hands on and have direct knowledge of current trends, methods, and technological advances – as it applies to actual  case work.

Angie Parrett – Marketing Coordinator

Angie Parrett is the Marketing Coordinator for Death Investigation Academy. With over ten years of experience in the digital marketing world, Angie provides valuable direction to clients and customers.




Darren Dake – D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Academy Director  – Instructor

Darren is an ABMDI accredited medicolegal death investigator and an ACFEI certified criminal investigator working  with the Crawford County Missouri – an author, conference speaker, trainer, and podcast-media producer. He has a tri-balanced background in law enforcement investigations, corporate leadership, and Christian ministry.

Darren is a certified teaching instructor and criminal investigator with over 30 years experience in the field of law enforcement and death investigations. He holds certification as adjunct instructor and program developer for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Law Enforcement Training Institute – (Missouri University Columbia).

Darren is serving as Director of Operation and instructor for the  Death Investigation Training Academy™, and hosts its online podcast-media program for death investigators.



Anita Brooks

Anita is  an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.

Anita’s work in the area of PTSD and Compassion Fatigue has helped shape many agency’s way of looking at the metal health and vitally of their investigators.  Her teaching style brings tuff topics into an easy to apply perspective.  She is considered an expert in team building, stress management, conflict resolution, and developing interaction guidelines for dealing with surviving  family.

Adam Carnal

Adam is a certified teaching instructor with over 12 years of experience in the field of law enforcement. Adam received his Class A POST Certification from Eastern Missouri Police Academy in 2004. He also achieved a BA in Psychology from Columbia College and is a member of the Missouri Deputy Sheriffs Association. He currently is employed as a Deputy Juvenile Officer and Deputy Sheriff in Crawford County, Missouri. Much of his background lies in patrol officer duties, initial crime scene investigations, juvenile law and procedures, and interviewing.




Joseph M. Weber – Weber & Associates

Joe Weber is currently a senior partner and licensed investigator in the firm of Weber & Associates. His firm provides law enforcement consultation and investigative services for insurance companies, attorneys, and financial institutions. Weber & Associates develops and presents law enforcement training to jurisdictions throughout the Midwest. This training focuses on the staffing and operations of jail facilities with special emphasis on practices that limit the facility’s liabilities in connection with conditions of confinement. Joe also serves as an adjunct instructor and program developer for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association and provides criminal justice planning for the Goldberg Group Architects.

Joe finished his law enforcement career as a Lieutenant with the Crawford County Sheriff’s office. His certifications include completion of Jail Resource Management, Law Enforcement Information-Technology and Planning, Purchasing, and Managing Technology courses, by the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a graduate of the U.S. Academy of Private Investigation and has been certified by the National Institute of Truth Verification qualifying him to administer computer voice stress analysis as a method of detecting deception.

Joe has served as an expert witness in jail cases involving suicide, special needs inmates, and other confinement issues brought before the US Courts in the 8th Circuit.

He has been a guest speaker at criminal justice seminars and attorney’s conferences throughout the Eastern United States and has been published in magazines of national circulation with articles regarding jail funding, construction, and operations and has been a regular contributor to the Missouri Sheriff’s magazine.