Basic Death & Homicide Investigation

40 Hour Training Course / 4.0 CEUs / Tuition: $695.00 / KLEC Approved

Course Description:

The investigation of death is one of the most important responsibilities a law enforcement  agency can undertake. This 40-hour course will prepare the student to properly investigate all death cases. The focus will be on homicide investigation.

The areas specifically covered in this course of instruction will include the following:   the police role in the investigation of natural and accidental death cases; the proper response of uniform officers; control and protection of the crime scene; DNA evidence; suicide investigation; working with the Medical Examiner; examination of the body; the time of death window; blunt force trauma; sharp force trauma; gunshot wounds; asphyxia deaths; autoerotic deaths; crime scene analysis; forensics and physical evidence; case preparation and courtroom testimony.

Small group practical exercises and presentations involving assigned death investigation cases will be conducted in lieu of a final exam.

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

      • Overview of course topic
        • Natural and accidental death cases
          • Investigative approach to death cases
            • Suicide investigation
              • First responder duties
                • Working with the medical examiner
                  • Establishing the "time of death"
                    • Blunt force trauma
                      • Sharp force trauma
                        • Gunshot wounds
                          • Homicide protocol
                            • Utilizing law enforcement tools
                              • DNA evidence
                                • Case studies and analysis
                                  • Case trial preparation
                                    • Court responsibilities

                                    Who Should Attend:

                                    Enrollment is limited to law enforcement officers (uniform or detective), investigators and other authorized officials responsible for investigating the deaths of human beings.


                                    Chuck Hemp

                                    Upcoming Training and Lodging:

                                    If this course is not currently scheduled, it can be brought to your region by a co-hosting agency or through a contract. Contact Theresa Newton for more details:


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