Course Summary

This course is approved for 4 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 


An effective investigator must possess a variety of skills to achieve the desired objective. This course examines some of those skills and the impact they have on the outcome of an investigation. It provides insight into the impact a professional image has on an investigation and examines the role that ethics play in the interactions with witnesses and the case development. 

The course also demonstrates the value of courtroom preparation and focuses on courtroom testimony as an important element in achieving a conviction.

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

    Professional Image and Perception

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    • Professional Image and Perception

    • Ethics and Integrity

    • Quiz: Professional Image and Perception

  • 03

    Investigative Contact and Searches

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    • Investigative Contact and Searches

    • Quiz: Investigative Contact and Searches

  • 04

    Investigative Report Writing

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    • Report Writing

    • Elements of a good report

    • Quiz: Investigative Report Writing

  • 05

    Preparing for Court

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    • Court Appearance

    • Court Rules and Preparations

    • NJCLES Effective Courtroom Testimony

    • Quiz: Court Rules and Preparations

  • 06

    Reading and Resources

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    • Credibility – How credible do you appear

    • How to write organized and concise police reports

    • 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.

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