Medicolegal Death Investigation - Online Academy

This hybrid course looks at death investigation from a combined perspective of law enforcement and medicolegal death investigations. MDI 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. MDI Online Academy is a guided course with certified instructors. At the end of the course you still have access to all videos, and downloadable material. You can return to the online school anytime to finish up the courses or as a refresher in certain topic areas.

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

Individual Courses Also Available

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. 1.5 Hours

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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. 2.5 Hours


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. 2.5 Hours


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. 1.5 Hours


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. 1.5 Hours

Collecting and Documenting Evidence From the Body

This course is designed to lead the medicolegal and police investigator through the proper understanding and practice of an external body exam of a decedent. An initial exam while still on the scene is imperative for the overall determination of cause and manner as well as collecting time-sensitive facts and evidence. 2.5 Hours

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. This course will cover the best practices in making a death notification. 1 Hour

Investigation Courses

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’s perception. 4 Hours

Overview of Investigation - From Initial Contact to the Court Appearance

An effective investigator must possess a variety of skills to achieve the desired objective. This course examines some of those skills and the impact that they have on the outcome of an investigation. It provides insight on the impact that a professional image has on an investigation and examines the role that ethics play in the interaction with witnesses and the case development. The course also demonstrates the value of courtroom preparation and focuses on courtroom testimony as an important element in achieving a conviction. 4 Hours

Response and Understanding a Death Scene

This course is specifically designed with the patrol officer, patrol supervisor, and investigator in mind. The participant will be led through the process of understanding a death scene from the moment they get assigned the call through the scene investigation process. 8 Hours

Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements

In this online training, the student will be introduced to the investigative value of handwritten statements as an investigative tool. The instructor will lead students through the proper techniques of obtaining a handwritten statement from any parties involved in a criminal investigation. Further explanation will be given as to why it is best, when possible, to obtain a written statement prior to an interview or interrogation. 1.5 Hours


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. 3 Hours


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. 2.5 Hours

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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. 3.5 Hours

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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. 4.5 Hours

Chemical Suicide – First Responder Safety

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. 1 Hour

Officer Development

Courtroom Testimony, Preparation, and Credibility

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. 1 Hour

Implications in Cause and Manner Rulings

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. 1 Hour

Professional Conduct – Skill and Attributes

This course will walk the student through what ethical investigation practices are, how they can impact an investigation as well as a career. In addition, this course will cover the attributes a successful investigator must possess and/or develop. Ethical behavior goes beyond simply knowing the difference between right and wrong; it is doing what is right. The purpose of promoting ethical investigation practices is to establish and promote clearly defined standards of conduct for investigators. These standards assist in protecting the investigator and the public. 1 Hour

Interpersonal and Officer Well-Being

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. 2 Hours


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. 2 Hours


Recognizing and Combating Secondary Traumatic Stress

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. Failure to recognize and provide an acceptable outlet for the disappointment and frustration felt by officers and investigators at the end of their shifts can lead to self-destructive behavior which could result in loss of job, marriage, and even your life. 2.5 Hours