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Jacqueline Kielty

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“I really got a lot out of this particular course. The instructor was very knowledgeable. I will definitely be taking more of his courses.”

“I really got a lot out of this particular course. The instructor was very knowledgeable. I will definitely be taking more of his courses.”

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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)

Who Should Take This Course

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

Criminal detectives and medicolegal death investigators deal with high-intensity scenes and if not aware of certain avenues of failure many mistakes can happen that could derail, or completely eliminate, the chance for a successful prosecution.

This course will cover the 12 most commonly made mistakes at crime scenes and how to avoid them. The course will walk students through an explanation and examples of each of the twelve mistakes.  

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

  • 02

    12-Critical Mistakes Made at Death Scenes

    • Introduction to Critical Mistakes at Death Scenes

    • #1 - Improper Response and Arrival to the Scene

    • #2 - Failing to Protect the Crime Scene

    • #3 - Not Handling Suspicious Deaths and Homicides

    • #4 - Responding with a Preconceived Notion

    • #5 - Failing to Take Sufficient Number of Photographs

    • #6 - Failing to Manage the Crime Scene Process

    • #7 - Failing to Properly Evaluate Evidence

    • #8 - Failing to Properly Assess the Scene

    • #9 - Failing to Evaluate Victimology

    • #10 - Failing to Conduct an Efficient Area Canvass

    • #11 - Failing to Work Together as a Team

    • #12 - Command and Administrative Staff Interfering

    • Concluding Comments

  • 03

    Quiz: 12 Critical Mistakes Made at a Death Scene

    • 12 Critical Mistakes Made at a Death Scene

  • 04

    Reading and Resources

    • Houston Police Crime Scene Mistake Fallout

    • Six Law Enforcement Mistakes to Avoid at a Crime Scene

    • 6 common crime scene mistakes by EMS

    • 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.

  • What is the refund/exchange policy?

    Online courses are non-refundable. Once the course is purchased/accessed, no refund will be granted after 15 days of purchase or course open date, or if more than 20% of the course has been accessed. 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. Exchange Allowed: Participants will be allowed to exchange with another course of equivalent or lesser value if course is not accessed within 15 days of purchase. The exchange request must be received by email at . No exchange will be granted if the request is more than 15 days after the purchase date. Multiple payments for the same course: In case the participant 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.


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