Course Summary

This course is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credits by Missouri POST.

Who Should Take This Course

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

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.

The instructor also introduces the student to why written statements are subjective but analyzed on their own merit and not comparatively as with other forms of evidence. Further, the three forms of lies detected within a written statement will be covered and how to identify them.

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 curriculum

  • 01

    Course Introduction and Welcome

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    • Content Integrity and Copyright Notice

    • Content and Copyright Notice Acknowledgment

    • Welcome to your new course

  • 02

    Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements

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    • Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements Video One

    • Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements Video Two

    • Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements Video Three

    • Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements Video Four

  • 03

    Quiz: Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements

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    • Quiz: Investigative Value of Handwritten Statements

  • 04

    Reading and Resources

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    • 5 Common Cues to Deceptive Nonverbal Behavior

    • 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.


Assistant Professor for the Command College of South Carolina & School of Public Service & Admin @ Anderson University, SC Michelle’s unique background, encompassing analytical chemistry, crime scene investigations, and forensic interviewing, has produced a repertoire of skills, enhancing her credibility as an investigative psychologist. Michelle’s approach to research and training are similar. Whether she is analyzing behavioral or physical evidence, Michelle capitalizes on identifying the most basic leads to yield valid and reliable results. She naturally emphasizes Locard’s principle, not only when referencing physical evidence but also behavioral interactions. Michelle’s passion is the forensic sciences, hence her incessant desire to bring attention to a newer branch of applied psychology, investigative psychology.

Michelle Doscher, Ph.D.