Course Summary

This course is approved for 2.5 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 

An intermediate level investigative training course for law enforcement, police, coroners, medical examiner investigators, crime scene and forensic techs. This course does contain the graphic depiction of dead bodies and wounds and caution should be used in taking this course.

Police, coroners, and death investigators must know and understand the difference in wound type and how different wounds are made. Many times, wounds such as lacerations and incised wounds (cuts), are misidentified or terminology is incorrect.

In this course, you are introduced to the forensic importance of stabbing and cutting injuries. This course will describe for you what these wounds are and how they are made. You will also explore each type of wound's forensic importance to an investigation.

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

    Cutting and Stabbing Injury

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    • Cutting and Stabbing - Section Introduction

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Abrasions

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury -Lacerations

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Incised Wounds and Chopping

    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Stabbing and Bite Marks

  • 03

    Identifying Wound Types

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    • Cutting and Stabbing Injury - Identifying Wound Types

  • 04

    Quiz: Cutting and Stabbing Injury

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    • Quiz: Forensic Overview of Cutting and Stabbing Injury

  • 05

    Reading and Resources

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    • Blunt and Sharp Force Injury Classifications

    • NIJ Report - Characterization of Weapons Used in Stabbing/Slashing Attacks

    • 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.


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