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Initial Death Scene Response for the Street Cop


Initial Death Scene Response for the Street Cop

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Course Overview

Teaching street cops about the initial investigation of death scenes is crucial to the success of any subsequent criminal investigation and prosecution. The first responding officers play a critical role in gathering and preserving evidence, securing the scene, and interacting with witnesses and family members. As a result, it is important that street cops are properly trained in the fundamentals of death scene investigation.

The initial investigation sets the foundation for the entire case and can determine the success or failure of a criminal prosecution. It is important that street cops are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly preserve the scene, gather and preserve evidence, and interact with witnesses and family members.

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These topics will provide patrol officers with a comprehensive understanding of the important aspects of investigating adult death scenes, and help ensure that the investigation is handled in a thorough and professional manner.

In this 4-hour course we will be teaching patrol officers about the investigation of an adult death scene, including:

  • Scene preservation and documentation: Emphasize the importance of preserving the scene and documenting all physical evidence, including photographs, the use of drones and 360-degree LiDAR for scene capture and measurements, and death scene sketches.
  • Interacting with witnesses and family members: How to properly interview witnesses, family members, and other persons of interest, as well as how to handle sensitive and emotional situations.
  • Collection and preservation of physical evidence: Discuss the importance of collecting and preserving physical evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA samples, and clothing, and how to properly secure, label, and store this evidence for future prosecution if that is necessary.
  • Identification of cause and manner of death: Explain the methods used to determine the cause and manner of death, such as medical examinations, toxicology tests, and firearm examinations, and how these findings can help determine the course of the investigation.
  • Understanding the dynamics of death scenes: Provide officers with an understanding of the different types of death scenes, such as homicides, suicides, accidents, and natural deaths, and how to identify and respond to each type of scene.
  • Collaborating with other agencies: Discuss the importance of working with other agencies, such as the medical examiner’s office and forensic laboratories, to ensure that all aspects of the investigation are covered and that the investigation is handled in a thorough and professional manner.
  • Legal considerations: Cover the legal considerations involved in investigating adult death scenes, such as search and seizure laws, warrant requirements, and the admissibility of evidence in court.

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