Student Reviews

Jeffrey Yerkey

5 star rating

“Great course. Provides the basics and also links to gain further information. Material is current.”

“Great course. Provides the basics and also links to gain further information. Material is current.”

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Christine Cantor

5 star rating

“Darren - this was the best video of all the videos I have seen . I liked the practical element of inflating finger tips, individual cases and it was all around a great class. Thank you so much. I like the practical videos best as I expand my knowl...”

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“Darren - this was the best video of all the videos I have seen . I liked the practical element of inflating finger tips, individual cases and it was all around a great class. Thank you so much. I like the practical videos best as I expand my knowledge of forensics. Only one comment, at the beginning of the video your name is misspelled. ”

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Esmeralda Villa

5 star rating

“The structure and material in this course provided not only the basics but also specific examples that allows one to grasp the material. The information on mass disasters was not something expected but allows one to put into perspective the import...”

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“The structure and material in this course provided not only the basics but also specific examples that allows one to grasp the material. The information on mass disasters was not something expected but allows one to put into perspective the importance of positive identification. ”

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Course Fee

Course Summary

This course is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI)(pending)

Who Should Take This Course

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


Establishing the proper identification of a deceased is important for both family contact and criminal investigations.  Law enforcement has several methods of establishing identification when visual identification is not available, or questionable.

This online course will walk the student through the three categories of decedent identification and how each one is used. Further, students will learn how facial approximations and forensic anthropology is used in skeletal and mass disaster situations. Then the course introduces the student to various networks and databases used to match DNA and missing person reports.  Lastly, the course will spend time explaining how tattoos, scars, and medical devices are used as presumptive identification and the cautions that should be taken with these identification methods.

Our online video training and is designed to be interactive with students by random quizzes and, in some cases, a final exam. Student login times, location IP, and activity time within the course are tracked per student by Mixpanel to verify the time spent in the course if needed. Videos cannot be fast-forwarded or skipped, and testing cannot be done until the videos are fully 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, quizzes must be passed with a 100% so missing the proof of watch image will ensure the quiz is not passed and thus the student cannot move forward in the course.   Also, all quizzes are presented in random question-answer order so each quiz attempt will have questions and answers in an order different than previously shown. This prevents students from sharing answers with other students.  

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

    Establishing Decedent Identity

    • Establishing Decedent Identity

    • How forensic Anthropology helps identification

    • Facial Approximations

    • Quiz: Establishing Decedent Identity

  • 03

    Obtaining Fingerprints

    • Collecting Ink Prints

    • Collecting Digital Prints

    • Collecting Fingerprints for Identification

  • 04

    Case Reviews

    • Tattoos and Social Media

    • Case Reviews of Unidentified

  • 05

    Reading and Resources

    • Wrong Man Buried

    • Postmortem Identification

    • Mass Casualty Management of Dead Bodies

    • Missouri 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 the refund/exchange 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 30 years’ experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigation. 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 over 20 years. 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