Course Reviews

David Bradley

“This course was to the point but full of information. I’ve been an investigator for over ten years and I was reminded of some things and learned some new info too. ”

“This course was to the point but full of information. I’ve been an investigator for over ten years and I was reminded of some things and learned some new info too. ”

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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 attend this course:

  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Detectives and Investigators
  • Coroners
  • Medicolegal Death Investigators
  • Private Legal Investigators
  • Anyone wishing to learn this field

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 gunshot injuries and will lead the investigator through proper identification and interpretation of gunshot injuries. Areas covered are:

  • The characteristics of gunshot wounds
  • The distance of fire indicators
  • Wound assessment
  • Proper documentation such as photographing and forensic wound charting.

This course will also give the student an understanding of:

  • Bullet trajectory
  • How to determine the bullet trajectory
  • The importance of blood spatter and what it can tell you
  • As well as how to properly communicate scene exam findings to the Medical Examiner and other investigators.

Understanding gunshot injuries are vital in conducting a proper investigation. Knowing what distance and range of fire indicators are will assist in determining witness truthfulness as well as helping to determine injury and death etiology.

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 is tracked per student to verify the time spent in the course if needed.   Testing cannot be done until the videos are watched.  Many 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 final exam and the course evaluation.

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




Course curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

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    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Welcome and Introduction

  • 02

    Gun Shot and Injury Documentation

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    • Introduction of Gun Shot Injury and Documentation

    • Gun Shot Injury - Scene Investigation (20 minutes)

    • Range of Fire and Trajectory (20 minutes)

    • Gun Shot Wound Interpretation (20 minutes)

    • Documenting Injury and Summary (20 minutes)

    • Forensic Body Exam Diagrams

    • Vehicle Shooting Investigation Diagrams

    • Firearm Forensic Diagrams

    • Handgun Parts Diagrams

  • 03

    Quiz and Completion

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    • Gun Shot Injury

    • Law Enforcement CLEE Request


  • 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.


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