Reviews

Larry Warwick

5 star rating

“Even though I have been through many police report writing classes over my 31 year acreer, it's always good to review. Nicely put together course. ”

“Even though I have been through many police report writing classes over my 31 year acreer, it's always good to review. Nicely put together course. ”

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John Riggs

5 star rating

“The handouts and downloads are worth their weight in gold. Thank you for including these resources.”

“The handouts and downloads are worth their weight in gold. Thank you for including these resources.”

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mark savage

5 star rating

“Loved this course, also loved the ability to get the power points of the course so that I could make notes on it and reference it in the future. Keep up the great work!!”

“Loved this course, also loved the ability to get the power points of the course so that I could make notes on it and reference it in the future. Keep up the great work!!”

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Paul McDonald

5 star rating

“Enjoyed this class, it provided helpful information.”

“Enjoyed this class, it provided helpful information.”

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Course Fee

Course Summary

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


In this course, students will learn the practical importance of a final narrative report. The course covers the five practical uses for reports, the six characteristics of a good final report, and the three best practices for recording and organizing field notes.  Further, this course spends time talking about some good tips for assuring good spelling and grammar in the report narrative.

 

The second portion of the course will explain to students why writing a report in active voice – first person is best and how to organize a report narrative that will make sense to others reading the report later or if the case goes cold. The course will also cover the use of ‘jargon’, the importance of chronological order, and how a report might be used in the future.

In this course, students will learn the practical importance of a final narrative report. The course covers the five practical uses for reports, the six characteristics of a good final report, and the three best practices for recording and organizing field notes.  Further, this course spends time talking about some good tips for assuring good spelling and grammar in the report narrative.


The second portion of the course will explain to students why writing a report in active voice – first person is best and how to organize a report narrative that will make sense to others reading the report later or if the case goes cold. The course will also cover the use of jargon, the importance of chronological order, and how a report might be used in the future.

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

    Writing for the future about the past

    • Practical importance of investigative reports (5 minutes)

    • Characteristics of an effective final report (6 minutes)

    • Field Notes (8minutes)

    • 7 tips for improving your spelling and grammar (6 minutes)

    • Example of a report that needs work

  • 03

    Principles of Report Writing

    • Introduction to Principles of Report Writing

    • Principles of Investigative Report Writing Part 1 (14 minutes)

    • Principles of Investigative Report Writing Part 2 (13 minutes)

    • Report Writing in Death Cases

    • How to write organized and concise reports

    • Quiz: Principles of Investigative Report Writing

  • 04

    Reading and Resources

    • Common Mistakes Seen in Police Reports

    • Sacramento State Police- Report Writing

    • NIJ Writing Style Guide

    • Death Investigation Scene Worksheet.

    • 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 35 years of experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigations. 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 24 years, and now serves as the elected Coroner. 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