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2020

JANUARY

Date:  Jan 18th, 2020

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.

Learn More at:   https://ditacademy.org/coroner-school/ 

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.

FEBRUARY

MARCH

March 4th – 6th, 2020

Course Fee:  $395

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This course is approved by Missouri POST for 32 hours of CLEE Credit

Forensic Statement Analysis is a tool that is highly effective in the detection of deception and the identification of hidden information in a person’s written or spoken statements. The analysis involves critically examining the word choice, structure, and content of a person’s statement to determine whether it is truthful or deceptive. As people intentionally attempt to be deceitful, they use different words, phrases, statement structure, and content in their statements.

In plain English…. this course will teach you, one technique at a time, how to identify when and where someone is lying to you in a statement. Then when you conduct your interview, based on the findings from your analysis, it can be much more direct and fruitful.

Using Forensic Statement Analysis (a series of layered techniques) you will identify the linguistic signals that differentiate deceptive statements from truthful ones as your suspect subconsciously reveals information, he or she did not intend for you to know. This course is very interactive with significant hands-on, statement analysis practice.

Summary of Course Sections

Detecting Deception

The course will examine verbal and nonverbal communication relating to increasing investigators’ ability to recognize and capitalize on indicators of deception in their interaction with suspects, witnesses and victims. Participants will discuss emotion and whether a specific emotion is appropriate for specific circumstances. Those in the class will view and discuss real examples via videos and photos of expressions and body language used in high stakes situations.

Statement Analysis

The course will provide an in-depth exploration of how and why people choose the words the say or write in various situations. Students will learn how to analyze word choice and narrative balance in order to better understand the investigative trail left by anyone would attempt to deceive. Participants will also learn to detect indicators of truth-telling to assist in quickly assessing credibility. The course will examine the spoken and/or written words used by real suspects, witnesses and victims in actual cases worked by the instructors.

This portion of the course will allow students to analyze actual written statements and determine areas of truthfulness and areas that may need further exploration. Since these statements are from actual past investigations the outcomes are known so your evaluation can gain real and factual feedback.

Interview and Interrogations

“If you’re going to interview, interview. If you’re going to interrogate, interrogate.” There are two important parts of this lesson. The first is that there are significant procedural differences between interviewing and interrogation. The second is that if these procedures are intermingled, the investigator will often be ineffective in accomplishing the goals of either one.

This portion will discuss question formulation how to interact with a suspect for a confession.

Constitutional Considerations

This course will give an overview of the fourth and fifth amendment’s where it applies to your interaction with suspects during your investigation. If you gain a confession and have violated the suspect’s rights while doing so, everything may dissolve, and they win.

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Instructor

Major Mark E. Bailey

Major Mark E. Bailey recently closed out his 24- year career as the Director of the Marine Corps’ Military Police School. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from North Carolina State University, and a Master’s Degree in Military Studies from The Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (251st Session).

Mark has served in numerous law enforcement assignments including: Watch Commander, Operations Officer (Patrol, K-9 and SRT), Services Officer, Director of Security and Emergency Services (Police, Fire and EMS), and Chief of Police for a 600-man department.

Date:  March 14th, 2020

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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Price: $795

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March 16th – 18th,  2020

Course Fee:   $395

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In this course a multifaceted approach will be discussed to establish an investigative framework from which a homicide investigator will be able to conduct an all-encompassing investigation into the murder of a human being. In order to accomplish this, multiple areas of a homicide investigation will be discussed that are foundational to identifying, understanding, and prosecuting persons criminally responsible for the death of another.

From the initial response, understanding and managing the scene, interpreting wound evidence, applying behavioral and forensic examinations at the crime scene, prioritization of investigative measures, interview strategies, and necessary case management.

Additionally, the course will engage the participants in an interactive classroom setting in which actual cases are reviewed and analyzed to augment the lecture and teaching points brought forth.

Topics Include:

  • Scene and Case Management for lead investigator
  • Creating a case that will stand for 50 years
  • Most common mistake made at a homicide scene
  • Scene Assessment – What looks right, what looks wrong
  • Principles and components of a homicide Investigation
  • Area Canvassing – What it really is and how to do it
  • Working with the Coroner / Medical Examiner Investigator
  • How a multi-disciplinary approach is better – No room for rogue detectives
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Equivocal Deaths – what they are and how to manage them
  • Suicide v. Autoerotic v. Homicide
  • Staged Scenes and Alterations
  • Cold case considerations
  • What blood patterns can tell us in 10 minutes
  • Postmortem – Scene level Examinations
  • What evidence is on the body at the scene but not at Autopsy
  • How evidence links scene -victim-suspect
  • Wound assessment at scene level
  • Witness Interview and Cognitive Questioning
  • Victim and Suspect background development – Key to successful outcome
  • Interrogation Considerations and Question Formulation
  • Do you have a serial killer?
  • Sexual Homicide Investigations
  • Common murders – common causes.

Course Fee:   $395

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Date: March 23rd – 26th, 2020 

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.

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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.

APRIL

Date: April 1st – 3rd, 2020

Length: 3 Days

Cost:  $395

Hosted by the Forensic Science Academy at the Vollmer Institute 

Description:

Taught by skilled instructors working in the field of criminal and death investigations, this course will provide an overview of the skills required to properly investigate a death scene. This three-day course is approved by Missouri POST and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI), for 24 hours of continuing education credits. 

This training is designed 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
  • Discuss the top 10 mistakes commonly made at a death scene 
  • Management and Ethics of an investigation
  • Locate, document, and collect scene evidence
  • Clandestine Grave and Surface Recovery Basics 
  • Properly distinguish differing manners of death
  • Determining time of death and PMI’s
  • 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

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.

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Price: $395

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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.April

MAY

Date: May 16th, 2020

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.

Learn More at:   ditacademy.org/coroner-school 

Price: $795

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JUNE

JULY

Date: July 11th, 2020

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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Date: July 13 – 16, 2020

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.

AUGUST

SEPTEMEBER

Date: September 18th, 2020

Length: 1 Day

DESCRIPTION

This course is approved by Missouri POST and 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 12th, 2020

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

Click to Register (coming Soon)

OCTOBER

Date: October 19 – 22, 2020

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.

Learn More Here:

Price: $495

Click to Register

NOVEMBER

Date: Nov 7th, 2020

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

Click to Register (coming soon)

DECEMBER