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Non-Traffic/Equivocal Death Investigation

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.

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:

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

Additional Information:  Students should come to class with a closed Non-Traffic Death Investigation report to discuss in class.

Course Completion Requirements:  Attendance and successfully pass (75% or above) a 20-question written examination.

Audience: PSP Enlisted, MP, LEO

MPOETC CLEE Hours: 6 - CLEE ID#:  CLE00535 

Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.

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

NETC2/10/2020 9:00 AM2/11/2020 3:00 PMNETC Commanding Officer, 570-288-3659No
Maximum of 42 students
NWTC3/9/2020 9:00 AM3/10/2020 4:00 PMNWTC Commanding Officer, 814-332-6888No
Maximum of 30 students
SWTC6/15/2020 9:00 AM6/16/2020 3:00 PMSWTC Commanding Officer, 724-832-5250No
Maximum of 40 students

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