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Patrol Response to Child Death Scenes

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Course Overview

When a child dies, the scene is anything but peaceful. Responding officers are often met with chaos and grief, unsure of how to properly handle the situation. The initial call is disturbing and the last type of call we as first responders want to get. But itโ€™s one of the most important calls to answer.

This online law enforcement training offers clear guidance on how to effectively deal with child death scenes, from assessing the situation to communicating with distraught family members. With this course, you can rest assured that you are providing yourself and other officers with the best possible training for these difficult situations.

This is a 1-hour course which addresses the initial response to child death scenes.

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In patrol response to child death scenes we cover the following topics:

  • Scene preservation: The importance of securing and preserving the scene to prevent contamination or destruction of evidence.
  • Initial assessment: The initial assessment of the scene, including observations about the victim, the environment, and any potential witnesses or suspects.
  • Collection of evidence: The proper methods for collecting and preserving physical evidence, such as fingerprints, DNA samples, trace and transient evidence.
  • Interviews and interrogations: The importance of conducting thorough interviews and interrogations of witnesses, family members, and potential suspects.
  • Documentation: The proper documentation of the scene, including the use of photographs, 360-degree LiDAR, diagrams, and written notes.
  • Collaboration with other agencies: The importance of working with other agencies, such as medical examiners, forensic labs, and child protective services, to ensure a comprehensive investigation is completed on multiple fronts.
  • Using the trauma-informed approach: The importance of taking a trauma-informed approach when working with families and other individuals affected by a child death.
  • Legal considerations: An understanding of the legal considerations involved in investigating child deaths, including the Fourth Amendment, Miranda rights, and the requirements for obtaining search warrants and arrest warrants.
  • Ethics and professionalism: The importance of maintaining ethical and professional standards in the investigation of child deaths, including the responsibility to treat all parties involved with respect and dignity.

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