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2019

JANUARY

Date:  Jan 19, 2019

Length: 6 Weeks

Description: Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for anyone investigating death. Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other 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.

Price: $795

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

This training is a live online classroom training. Register, login, and get trained!

January 18th  Cost $27

ABMDI Credits will be granted

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Course Summary

Autoerotic fatalities are deaths that occur during sexual activity when an action, chemical, device or prop that is being employed to enhance physical or psychological stimulation causes death. These deaths may be accidental, natural or homicidal and occur in connection with consensual acts, criminal sexual assaults, or autoerotic acts.

This 2-hour virtual classroom course is designed to give the patrol officer and investigator the basic knowledge of recognizing a death due to autoerotic activity v. suicide. The course covers the psychology of autoerotic activity, who is most susceptible, what the scene looks like, and interviewing family members. The program is comprised of real information investigators can use to interpret a scene of a suspected autoerotic death. Full of information needed, yet purposefully lacking long explanations of research and controlled studies.

You will find careful descriptions to help determine what these deaths are — and what they are not. The investigator will be equipped with the necessary skills to properly investigate this type of death.

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. The intention through this course is to give the investigator, regardless of experience or education level, an overview of the tools needed to properly interpret these scenes.

Many of these deaths are misinterpreted every year because scene investigators are untrained and look only for signs of homicide or suicide. This combined with the untrue belief that this death is only a “male masturbation” issue, they never take into consideration the ruling of an autoerotic accident.

Course Goals

After completing this course students will be able to:

  • Describe what autoerotic fatalities are and what they are not.
  • Recognize significant scene features indicating a death of autoerotic means
  • Have a real-world understanding of the psychology of the victim
  • Recognize the six attributable factors of an autoerotic death
  • Recognize scene alteration attempts
  • Explain the process of using the investigative triangle approach to interpreting the scene
  • Properly structure and implement an investigation questionnaire.
  • How to obtain and use medical and psychological records in manner determination

Who Should Attend This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officer and Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Crime Scene Technicians
  • Coroners
  • Medical Examiner Investigators
  • EMS and First Responder Personnel

FAQ’s

Are ABMDI Credits Available

Yes. Students must stay for the entire training time to be granted credits. This is tracked on the platform via your login information and geolocation. Certificates will be sent to you after the training has ended, usually within 2-3 business days.

Webinar Streaming

This virtual classroom training will be hosted and streamed through the zoom.us platform. You will need to have the app downloaded to your smartphone, tablet, or computer prior to the start of the webinar.

Connection Information

You will receive connection information and URL links the morning of the event. If you have any other question you can contact the organizer.

Certificate

At the end of the training, each person registered will receive a certificate of attendance for this training.

FEBRUARY

MARCH

Date: March 1st, 2019

Length: 1 Day 

This 8-hour course will focus on two distinct areas of information gathering; eyewitness testimony and detecting deception. Taught by experienced instructors who are highly trained in this area of investigation.

Who Should Attend This Course:
  • Law Enforcement
  • C/ME Investigators
  • Private-Legal Investigators
  • Prosecuting Attorneys

Course Summary

Impact of Critical Incidents on Eye Witness Testimony

Officers face many challenges when investigating a critical incident. Those challenges include the accuracy of eyewitness testimony. Eyewitness testimony is a complex issue and its reliability is often questioned. It is important that an officer understands some of the elements that tend to affect the accuracy of such testimony and recognize some the factors that may distort a witness’ perception. This course examines the cause of faulty eyewitness testimony and equips the officer with the requisite knowledge to identify elements that affect the reliability of eyewitness testimony.

Detecting Deception

Investigators are tasked with eliciting pertinent information to provide to the decision makers regarding a specific incident. The success of an investigation depends on the investigator’s skill to elicit information and sort out the truth from the deception. While methods of detecting deception are not absolute, investigators who become skilled at identifying and analyzing deceptive behaviors are more apt to achieve success in gleaning truthful information from their interviews. This course examines methods of detecting deception and walks the participant through the steps that lead to the identification of deceptive statements.

Price: $97

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Date: March 18 – 21, 2019

Length: 4 Days

Description: This hybrid course is developed for the police detective, patrol officer, medicolegal and coroner investigator. Taught by skilled accredited instructors working the field of death investigation, this course will provide an intermediate level training of the skills required to properly work a death investigation. The format will develop confidence in the investigator and hone valuable skills. After completing this course the investigator will have the ability to better; understand the legal restriction of search and seizure, document a scene, locate and collect evidence, properly distinguish differing manners of death, better understand wound and injury interpretation, understand the dynamics of a child death, conduct witness interviews, and properly complete reports and prepare for courtroom testimony. Included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and video segments – as well as injury, death, and homicide scenes through photos and video of actual cases. This course is very graphic and intense.

Price: $495

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Date:  March 9, 2019

Length: 6 Weeks

Description: Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for anyone investigating death. Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other 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.

Price: $795

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APRIL

Date: April 26, 2019

Length: 1 Day

Description: This 8-hour course is designed to educate officers and supervisors working in detention and confinement facilities, as well as city “lock-ups” about inmate related death. This could be the best 8 hours you and your officers have ever spent in training.Inmate death can result in civil and criminal liabilities for both the agency as well as the officer(s).

Areas covered will include prevention methods, warnings signs, policy development, investigative requirements, coroner and medical examiner involvement, civil liability exposure, family interaction, and much more.  

Price: $97

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

 

MAY

Date: May 11, 2019

Length: 6 Weeks

Description: Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for anyone investigating death. Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other 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.

Price: $795

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May 16th and 17th  2019 

Cost: $197

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This course qualifies for 16 -hours of Missouri POST CLEE credits

This course is specifically designed with police officers, investigators, and coroners in mind. Gathering information from potential witnesses, family, and medical staff is vital in police and coroner investigations. Most law enforcement officers get a small amount of this training in the basic academy and then learn as they go from actual casework. This on-the-job approach does refine skills, but if the skills are flawed or underdeveloped, to begin with, the flaws just get worse.

Another vital area of communication is suspect interrogation. A successful interrogation must be well planned, and investigator attitudes must be right from the start. Suspects will shut down and lawyer up fast when they are disrespected or frightened.

This course will systematically walk the student through the process of gathering vital information from anyone who may have knowledge. Areas specifically covered are; the unique approach to take with family, interviewing children, conducting an area canvass, gaining vital medical information, and talking with victims of sexual assaults.

The suspect interrogation section will teach students how to get confessions. What approach to use and how to plan your interrogation. A portion of this course will focus directly on gaining confessions from sexual abuse and molestation offenders.

The information and techniques taught in this course are not theories but actual steps successfully being used by hundreds of investigators across the country; and has been successfully used by the instructor for over 30 years.

This Course is:

  • Interactive and with many video examples
  • Discussion and example-driven
  • Designed to teach the fundamentals of getting information
  • Taught with a real-life; practical and systematic approach to interrogations
  • Each Student receives a course manual for use during class and further reference

Instructor:

Darren Dake is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement with an emphasis on criminal and death investigation. Darren is an experience CVSA examiner with an extremely high confession rate in child sexual assault crimes. Darren has taught law enforcement professionals all across the United State and internationally. Darren teaches with an energy to hold student’s attention and fosters an atmosphere for discussion and student involvement.

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JUNE

Date:  June 7 – 8 , 2019 

Length:  2 Days

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Description:

16 Hours of Missouri POST Continuing Education Credits will be given for this course.

The scene of a fire/explosion event involving a death is complex requiring two separate but related investigations. The reports and testimony of a Certified Fire Investigator, Criminal Investigator (Municipal, County, State and Federal), Medicolegal Death Investigator, Insurance Investigator, and DA/AG Investigator concerning observation and findings at a fire/explosion death scene is vitally important to the successful conclusion of the investigation. A competent investigation of a fire death scene demands an understanding of investigative procedures, and appreciation of the “Why” of certain actions and close attention to detail in carrying them out.

This two (2) day training will address the considerations, guidelines, and procedures that will comply with the standard of care for conducting a forensic fire/explosion scene death investigation and analysis.

Upon Successful Completion: Attendees will have been provided the skills and knowledge to:

  • Describe the investigative considerations necessary for a fire/ explosion that caused injury. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Describe the investigative considerations necessary at a fatal fire/ explosion scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Identify and describe the fundamental issues of death investigation. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Describe the death-related pathological and toxicological examination of fire/ explosion victims. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Identify and describe postmortem documentation and tests. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)•Describe and understand how the cause and manner of death are determined. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)

Conduct a competent fire death scene investigation based upon ASTM International E-1188 Standard Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator.

  • Secure a body as evidence. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Evaluate an injured victim for details about the fire scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Evaluate a body for details about the fire scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)

NOTE: THIS TRAINING INCLUDES VERY GRAPHIC SERIOUS INJURY AND DECEDENT PHOTOGRAPHS.

Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Price: $247

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Instructor: 

Louis “Shawn” Phillips, IFSAC-CFI, NBFSPQ-CFI, IAAI-CFI(V), FIT, ECT, CI, NAFI-CFEI, CVFI, CIPBI, CHMS, CFI-I, CFI-II, FCLS, GIFireE Is an internationally recognized forensic expert in fire origin, causation and responsibility, explosion post-blast investigation/ analysis, and fraud investigation/ analysis with more than two decades of experience. Shawn is a retired career public servant, serving on the federal, state and local level. His experience in forensic fire/ explosion investigation/ analysis and fraud investigation/ analysis is a blend of education, training and on-scene experience as an investigator and supervisor, conducting routine and complex investigations, tests and experiments. 
Shawn has provided forensic subject matter expert investigative services for insurers, third-party administrators, self-insured corporations, government, and law firms. He has led a team of forensic experts as the National Fire Investigations Manager/ SIU Specialist for the largest private investigations firm in the world. Shawn has conducted and/or supervised the investigation of over 2,000 fire/ explosion events resulting in multi-million-dollar losses, multiple fatalities, and serious bodily injuries. He has conducted over 1,500 technical reviews of expert fire/explosion analyses. 
Shawn holds multiple international and national certifications as a Certified Fire Investigator, Post-Blast Investigator, Insurance Fraud Investigator, Code Inspector, and Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialist. To date, Shawn has completed over 4,500 hours of specialized training courses conducted by international/ national organizations and public safety academies. 
Shawn has lectured at numerous venues as a subject matter expert in Forensic Fire/Explosion Investigation, Post-Blast Investigation, Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Weapons of Mass Destruction Investigation, and Property Fraud Special Investigations.
Shawn currently provides forensic subject matter expert/ technical services in the areas of serious injury/ death investigations involving fire/ explosion events and complex fraud investigation/ analysis involving arson, economic profit schemes, and medicolegal death investigation throughout the United States and abroad. 
His greatest accomplishment is the life he shares with his wife of 20 years, Heather and his daughter Peyton.

 

Date: June 10 – 13, 2019

Length: 4 Days

Description: 

The Surface Skeleton and Buried Body Recovery Short-Course is a 4 day, hands-on, course designed to orient detectives, crime scene investigators and medicolegal death investigators to the proper techniques for processing surface skeleton and buried body scenes. The course includes the following topics in a combined classroom instruction and actual buried and surface remain recovery exercise:

  • Forensic Anthropology in the Medicolegal System
  • Determination of Age-at-Death, Sex, Ancestry, and Stature
  • Assessment of Bony Trauma
  • Positive Identification of Unknown Human Remains
  • Period Since Death
  • Crime Scene Investigation on Unknown Human Remains
  • Techniques for the Proper Recovery of Scattered and Buried Human Remains
  • Determination of Human vs. Non-human Remains
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Art and Unknown Remains

Upon successful completion of this course, the attendee should be able to understand and implement the process of locating and documenting buried bodies and surface scattered human remains; think critically about the type of experts needed to provide analyses integral to case resolution; recommend personnel and equipment needs for exhumations and surface scatter scenes.

Course Accreditation

This course is approved for continuing education credits by the Missouri Department of Public safety POST commission as well as the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Price: $495

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

JULY

Date: July 13, 2019

Length: 6 Weeks

Description: Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for anyone investigating death. Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other 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.

Price: $795

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AUGUST

Dates: August 19 – 23 and August 26 – 39 

Length: 10 Days 

Cost: $595

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Course Description 

Law Enforcement and ABMDI Continuing Education Credits will be granted. 

The Crime Scene Investigation Course is for Crime Scene Investigators, Evidence Technicians, Detectives, Investigators, Uniformed Officers and anyone who has the responsibility of processing a crime scene. The student will learn the necessary skills to identify, document, collect and process various types of evidence that may be encountered at a crime scene. This course will be both challenging and demanding. Almost all blocks of instruction will be followed by an exercise or exercises to reinforce the lecture materials, with a majority of the exercises including photography as part of the exercise. Some of the exercises will be as simple as writing a description from a photograph to as complex as actually utilizing various fingerprinting and sketching techniques. The students will learn the various techniques to document evidence, which includes note taking, photography and sketching. The students will then progress into various methods used to locate evidence. The students will learn the various types of physical evidence and the appropriate methods used to document the particular evidence

Items each student is required to bring:

The students would need to bring a camera, an external flash, a tripod, a sync or PC cord for the external flash, a shutter release cord or remote control and a flashlight. Optional Item: If your agency has an Alternate Light Source and can spare being without it for 2 weeks, bring it to the class. The student will use that Alternate Light Source when performing several of the practical exercises.

The course will follow the format of the book the Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook. The Handbook is divided into 6 Sections, Introduction, Documentation, Locating Evidence, Types of Evidence, Special Considerations and Putting it all Together. This course will begin with identifying the investigative team and their individual responsibilities. This is followed by a review of the Forensic Search and Seizure. Attendees will then learn the various methods to document a crime scene, which include:

  • Note Taking
  • Photography
  • Sketching

Following the documentation instruction, attendees will be given instruction on Locating Evidence, which includes

  • Crime Scene Searching Techniques
  • Alternate Light Source
  • Presumptive Tests and Chemical Enhancements
  • Latent Fingerprint Development
  • Evidence Collection and Packaging

The attendees will then take the instruction from Section 2 and learn the various methods to specifically identify, document, collect and process the following types of evidence:

  • Physical Evidence
  • Serological Evidence
  • Trace Evidence
  • Firearms and Toolmark Evidence
  • Footwear and Tire Impression Evidence
  • Digital Evidence
  • Injury Documentation

The attendees will then learn the documentation of evidence that may not always present at all crime scenes, however, may encounter from time to time. These various special considerations include:

  • Shooting Scene Documentation
  • Bloodstain Documentation
  • Clandestine Graves and Scattered Human Remains
  • Fire Scenes
  • Questioned Document Evidence

The attendees will wind down the training with lectures on the processing methodology and report writing. The attendees will then have an opportunity to put their knowledge to work by processing a mock crime scene.

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Instructor

Mr. Baxter has over 25 combined years in law enforcement. He began his law enforcement career in 1991 with the Norman Police Department’s EMS Division. This unique service provided EMS care to the citizens of Norman, Oklahoma through the Police Department. At that time, there were only a handful of police agencies that provided EMS services to their citizens and one of three that actually provided ambulance service through the police department. Mr. Baxter joined the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1998 and is currently assigned to the Crime Scene Unit of the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

SEPTEMEBER

Date: September 20, 2019 

Length: 1 Day

DESCRIPTION

This course is approved by Missouri POST and ABMDI. The course is written and instructed to national standards of scene management and death investigation.

Why Attend This Course

In nearly all instances, a law enforcement patrol officer will be the first enforcement unit on the scene of a death. In many jurisdictions, these same patrol officers are tasked with the responsibility of investigating these deaths, either through completion or until they recognize the need for more advanced assistance – if that assistance is even available.

In jurisdictions where criminal investigators and CSI personnel will be responding, it is still vital the patrol officer has an understanding of scene security and the process of investigation.

This course is specifically designed with the patrol officer, patrol supervisor, and detective in mind. The participant will be lead through the process of understanding a death scene from the moment they get assigned the call through the scene investigation process.

The course will focus on scene security, witness management, interpreting manners of death, evidence recognition and collection, scene documentation, wound identification and terminology, investigating infant and child death, signs of an altered scene, and preparing the final case summary and report. This course spends some time in the area of suicide investigation. Suicide is the 10th leading “cause” of death in the United States and the largest manner of death an officer will respond to. The officer is exposed to a variety of suicide and self-harm methods of death. Knowledge of some suicide methods could save the life of a responding officer.

This course qualifies for 8 – technical hours of Missouri POST accredited CEU training.

Who Should Attend This Course
  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers
  • Law Enforcement Patrol Supervisors
  • Law Enforcement Investigators
  • New Detectives
  • Coroners
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Private Legal Investigators
Course Objectives

After completing this course of instruction, participants will be better equipped to:

  • Recognize the steps required to properly secure a death scene
  • Manage witnesses and statements at the scene
  • Work with Coroners and investigators in determining cause and manner of death
  • Recognize various forms of suicide that might otherwise be misinterpreted
  • Locate and package various forms of evidence
  • Recognize the signs of an altered scene
  • Properly document a death scene
  • Complete a final case summary and report
  • Prepare and testify in court

Price: $97

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Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Date: Sept 14, 2019

Length: 6 Weeks

Description: Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for anyone investigating death. Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other 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.

Price: $795

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OCTOBER

Date: October 21 – 24, 2019

Length: 4 Days

Description: This hybrid course is developed for the police detective, patrol officer, medicolegal and coroner investigator. Taught by skilled accredited instructors working the field of death investigation, this course will provide an intermediate level training of the skills required to properly work a death investigation. The format will develop confidence in the investigator and hone valuable skills. After completing this course the investigator will have the ability to better; understand the legal restriction of search and seizure, document a scene, locate and collect evidence, properly distinguish differing manners of death, better understand wound and injury interpretation, understand the dynamics of a child death, conduct witness interviews, and properly complete reports and prepare for courtroom testimony. Included in this course will be several post-mortem examination photographs and video segments – as well as injury, death, and homicide scenes through photos and video of actual cases. This course is very graphic and intense.

Price: $495

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Date:  October 2-4,  2019 

Length:  3 Days

Cost: $395

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Hosted by the Rockland Police Department Rockland, Main

Taught by skilled instructors working in the field of criminal and death investigations, this course will provide an intermediate level overview of the skills required to properly investigate a death scene.

This training is design for:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Coroners / MDI Investigators
  • Special Investigators

The format will develop confidence in the investigator and hone valuable skills. After completing this course, the investigator will have the ability to better;

  • Manage a death scene from the initial call, arrival, and scene cooperation
  • Locate, document, and collect scene evidence
  • Properly distinguish differing manners of death
  • Recognize implications in cause and manner rulings
  • Better understand wound and injury interpretation
  • Investigate infant and child death
  • Investigate suicide and self-harm death
  • Investigate and Interpret Auto-Erotic deaths
  • Recognize signs of mental fatigue

Included in this course will be several scene and post-mortem examination photographs and video segments – as well as injury, death, and homicide scenes through photos and video of actual cases. This course is very graphic and intense.

Instructor

Darren Dake is a certified instructor and criminal investigator with over 30 years of experience in the field of law enforcement and death investigations. He holds certification as an instructor for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Sheriff’s Association, and the Law Enforcement Training Institute – (Missouri University Columbia). Darren is founding director and lead instructor for the Death Investigation Training Academy™ and publisher of the Death Investigator Magazine™.

Continuing Education Credits

This course is approved for 22 hours of Law Enforcement CLEE credits from Missouri POST as well as 22 hours of Continuing Education through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

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Date:  October 15th and 16th,  2019

Length:  2 Days

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Description:

16 Hours of Missouri POST Continuing Education Credits will be given for this course.

The scene of a fire/explosion event involving a death is complex requiring two separate but related investigations. The reports and testimony of a Certified Fire Investigator, Criminal Investigator (Municipal, County, State and Federal), Medicolegal Death Investigator, Insurance Investigator, and DA/AG Investigator concerning observation and findings at a fire/explosion death scene is vitally important to the successful conclusion of the investigation. A competent investigation of a fire death scene demands an understanding of investigative procedures, and appreciation of the “Why” of certain actions and close attention to detail in carrying them out.

This two (2) day training will address the considerations, guidelines, and procedures that will comply with the standard of care for conducting a forensic fire/explosion scene death investigation and analysis.

Upon Successful Completion: Attendees will have been provided the skills and knowledge to:

  • Describe the investigative considerations necessary for a fire/ explosion that caused injury. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Describe the investigative considerations necessary at a fatal fire/ explosion scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Identify and describe the fundamental issues of death investigation. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Describe the death-related pathological and toxicological examination of fire/ explosion victims. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Identify and describe postmortem documentation and tests. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)•Describe and understand how the cause and manner of death are determined. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)

Conduct a competent fire death scene investigation based upon ASTM International E-1188 Standard Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator.

  • Secure a body as evidence. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Evaluate an injured victim for details about the fire scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Evaluate a body for details about the fire scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)

NOTE: THIS TRAINING INCLUDES VERY GRAPHIC SERIOUS INJURY AND DECEDENT PHOTOGRAPHS.

Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and DITA make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.

Price: $250

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Instructor: 

Louis “Shawn” Phillips, IFSAC-CFI, NBFSPQ-CFI, IAAI-CFI(V), FIT, ECT, CI, NAFI-CFEI, CVFI, CIPBI, CHMS, CFI-I, CFI-II, FCLS, GIFireE Is an internationally recognized forensic expert in fire origin, causation and responsibility, explosion post-blast investigation/ analysis, and fraud investigation/ analysis with more than two decades of experience. Shawn is a retired career public servant, serving on the federal, state and local level. His experience in forensic fire/ explosion investigation/ analysis and fraud investigation/ analysis is a blend of education, training and on-scene experience as an investigator and supervisor, conducting routine and complex investigations, tests and experiments. 
Shawn has provided forensic subject matter expert investigative services for insurers, third-party administrators, self-insured corporations, government, and law firms. He has led a team of forensic experts as the National Fire Investigations Manager/ SIU Specialist for the largest private investigations firm in the world. Shawn has conducted and/or supervised the investigation of over 2,000 fire/ explosion events resulting in multi-million-dollar losses, multiple fatalities, and serious bodily injuries. He has conducted over 1,500 technical reviews of expert fire/explosion analyses. 
Shawn holds multiple international and national certifications as a Certified Fire Investigator, Post-Blast Investigator, Insurance Fraud Investigator, Code Inspector, and Hazardous Materials/ Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialist. To date, Shawn has completed over 4,500 hours of specialized training courses conducted by international/ national organizations and public safety academies. 
Shawn has lectured at numerous venues as a subject matter expert in Forensic Fire/Explosion Investigation, Post-Blast Investigation, Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Weapons of Mass Destruction Investigation, and Property Fraud Special Investigations.
Shawn currently provides forensic subject matter expert/ technical services in the areas of serious injury/ death investigations involving fire/ explosion events and complex fraud investigation/ analysis involving arson, economic profit schemes, and medicolegal death investigation throughout the United States and abroad. 
His greatest accomplishment is the life he shares with his wife of 20 years, Heather and his daughter Peyton.

 

NOVEMBER

Date: Nov 1, 2019

Length: 6 Weeks

Description: Death Investigation Online Academy is designed for anyone investigating death. Coroners, Medical Examiner Investigators, Police, and Forensic students. This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of  law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. Death Investigation Online Academy is a Nationally Approved online training designed to teach all aspects of death investigation and scene management. Unlike any other 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.

Price: $795

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DECEMBER