Student Reviews

Jennings Newbold

5 star rating

“I am a Police Officer and EMT for South Dakota and thought this training is really good. I even told my Chief that he should take the training just for education and knowledge. I am also the County Coroner. ”

“I am a Police Officer and EMT for South Dakota and thought this training is really good. I even told my Chief that he should take the training just for education and knowledge. I am also the County Coroner. ”

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Erik Cairus

5 star rating

“I can honestly say this one of the few trainings I have walked away from feeling like I learned something. Darren did a great example the information in an engaging way.”

“I can honestly say this one of the few trainings I have walked away from feeling like I learned something. Darren did a great example the information in an engaging way.”

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Jennifer Sholley

5 star rating

“This presentation gave a lot of insight into lacerations vs. abrasions. This is something I sometimes get confused with. It was presented in a manner that was easy to understand.”

“This presentation gave a lot of insight into lacerations vs. abrasions. This is something I sometimes get confused with. It was presented in a manner that was easy to understand.”

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Course Fee

Course Summary

This course is approved for 2.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)

Who Should Take This Course

  • Law Enforcement Patrol Officers/ Supervisors
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Interested Students 


An intermediate level investigative training course for law enforcement, police, coroners, medical examiner investigators, crime scene and forensic techs. This course does contain the graphic depiction of dead bodies and wounds and caution should be used in taking this course.

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. This course will describe for you what these wounds are and how they are made. You will also explore each type of wound's forensic importance to an investigation.

This is an online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and a final exam. Student login and time are tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many of the videos have a unique symbol or picture that will appear prominently in the video and is part of the test questions, this will ensure the video has been watched. Certificates will only be available for print after the successful completion of the course material. 

Each certificate will indicate that it was an online training and will note the approval control number and the CLEE hours given.

 

Course Fee

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

    • Join the Private Facebook Community

  • 02

    Cutting and Stabbing Injury

    • Cutting and Stabbing - Section Introduction

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Abrasions

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury -Lacerations

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Incised Wounds and Chopping

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Stabbing and Bite Marks

  • 03

    Identifying Wound Types

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Identifying Wound Types

  • 04

    Quiz: Cutting and Stabbing Injury

    • Quiz: Forensic Overview of Cutting and Stabbing Injury

  • 05

    Reading and Resources

    • Blunt and Sharp Force Injury Classifications

    • NIJ Report - Characterization of Weapons Used in Stabbing/Slashing Attacks

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request

FAQ

  • I’m not currently in this field, can I still take the course?

    Yes. This course is open to students who are wanting to enter the field of death investigation as well as working professionals. It is our goal to help you prepare for the job you are wanting by providing nationally accepted training.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You will have access to the course material for six months. This, however, does not take into account natural disasters or a major interruption in business.

  • Do we get a certificate at the end?

    The course is an all-inclusive course. So, each student will receive a certificate at the end of all course work denoting credits and approval numbers along with the date of completion.

  • What if I want to talk to someone before I register?

    If you have other questions, please email us or call our academy directly at 1-888-556-0177.

  • What is your refund policy?

    The refund formula is as follows: Students may request a refund of an online course tuition prior to 30-days after purchase and if less than 50% of the course content has been accessed. Refunds are calculated based on the percentage of accessed content. For example, if 10% completed then a 90% refund will be issued, if 25% completed is 75% refund, and so on. *No refund will be given after 30 days or if completion is 50% or more* Multiple payments for the same course: In cases where the student made extra payment (same course bought multiple times) for the same course, a refund will be issued upon request. There will be a 3.7% transaction cost charged by credit card processor per transaction. All online training courses are tested extensively on all types of systems, browsers, and devices. We can assist you to get started with the course if you are having any trouble.

Instructor

Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years of experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigations. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the role of senior investigator with the Coroner’s office for 24 years, and now serves as the elected Coroner. This combined investigative experience has uniquely established Darren as an expert in investigations which allows him to consult and teach internationally on investigation practices and procedures.

Darren Dake, D-ABMDI, CI, CCI

Senior Instructor