David Bradley

“I loved this course, very informative and relevant to my job duties. ”

“I loved this course, very informative and relevant to my job duties. ”

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Jacquelyn Reeves

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Course Summary

This course is approved for 2.5 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 

Course Summary

This course systematically walks an investigator and responding officer through the steps of proper arrival and securing of a crime scene. Then proceeds to scene assessment, evidence interpretation, and collection, as well as proper documentation of the scene and evidence. The information in this course is designed to be beneficial to both law enforcement as well as C/ME investigators. The information discussed should be known and recognized by both interests.


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

    10 Most Common Mistakes at Crime Scenes

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    • 10 Most Common Mistakes Made and Death Scenes

  • 03

    Scene Management and Security

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    • Scene Arrival and Security (22 minutes)

    • Interacting with Other Agencies (10 minutes)

    • Scene Arrival and Interaction

  • 04

    Scene Walkthrough and Assessment

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    • Initial Scene Walk Through (9 minutes)

    • The Investigative Triangle (6 minutes)

    • Scene Walk Through

  • 05

    Documenting the Scene

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    • Documenting the Scene - Photographs, Sketching, and Notes (26 minutes)

    • Crime Scene Sketching Methods and Use

    • Crime Scene Sketching Methods and Use (Downloadable)

    • Documenting the Scene

  • 06

    Managing and Documenting Evidence

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    • Identifying Evidence and Chain of Custody (26 minutes)

    • Introduction to Blood Spatter (10 minutes)

    • Identifying Evidence and Chain of Custody

    • 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.


Instructor Bio:

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