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Course Description: The course is designed to educate Pennsylvania Law Enforcement on best practice standards for death investigation and basic understanding of forensic pathology. The course provides the attendee with the knowledge needed to differentiate between Natural, Suicide, Accidental and Homicide deaths. Additionally, the course identifies common issues at crime scenes, to include crime scene staging, evidence identification, and injuries. Through a working knowledge of legal requirements, injuries, decomposition and crime scene evidence, the law enforcement professional can identify evidence that will support a preliminary determination of cause and manner of death.

Additional Information: INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS: 2 Days / 12 Hours


INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of this course, the student will possess the knowledge and skill required to investigate Non-Traffic Death Investigation.

After completion, the student will be able to:

  1. Define a Non-Traffic Death
  2. Describe the differences between a suicide, accidental, natural and homicide death. 
  3. Understand the stages of decomposition and how this effects crime scene evidence
  4. Identify causation of injuries
  5. Identify self-inflicted injuries verses those injuries inflicted by other means
  6. Define crime scene staging
  7. Identify a staged crime scene


Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130.

Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.



NWTC5/7/2018 9:00 AM5/8/2018 3:00 PMActing Commander, 814-332-8666No
SETC3/1/2018 9:00 AM3/2/2018 3:00 PMSergeant Dwayne R. Rouzer, 610-584-8633, drouzer@pa.govNo
Max Students - 30
SWTC4/10/2018 9:00 AM4/11/2018 3:00 PMActing Commander, 724-832-5250No

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