Death Investigation and Scene Dynamics- Auditorium Ballroom – LaSalle, IL

Death Investigation and Scene Dynamics- Auditorium Ballroom – LaSalle, IL

04-19-2023 8:00 AM - 04-20-2023 5:00 PM
Auditorium Ballroom
Address: 109 Wright St, La Salle, IL 61301, USA
109 Wright St, La Salle, IL 61301, USA


Brian Fengel, Director

Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:

Heather Grove:

Death Investigation and Scene Dynamics

Instructor: Darren Drake

April 19-20, 2023

8am – 5pm

Class will meet at Auditorium Ballroom, 109 Wright Street, LaSalle, IL 61350

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In nearly all instances, law enforcement patrol officers and Coroner/ MDI investigators will be the first personnel on the scene of a death. In many jurisdictions, patrol officers are tasked with investigating these deaths, either through completion or until they recognize the need for more advanced assistance – if that assistance is even available. This course is taught with both law enforcement and coroner/mdi investigator in mind.

In jurisdictions where criminal investigators and CSI personnel will be responding, it is still vital the patrol officer understands scene security and the process of investigation.

This course is designed specifically for the patrol officer, patrol supervisor, coroner/MDI, and detective. The participant will be led through the process of understanding a death scene from the moment they get assigned the call through the scene investigation process.

The course will focus on scene security, witness management, interpreting manners of death, evidence recognition and collection, scene documentation, wound identification and terminology, investigating infant and child death, signs of an altered scene, and preparing the final case summary and report. This course spends some time around suicide investigation. Suicide is the 10th leading “cause” of death in the United States and the largest manner of death an officer will respond to. The student is exposed to a variety of suicide and self-harm methods of death.

Key Course Takeaways

Scene investigation practices
Obstacles in adolescent suicide rulings Identifying Evidence in infant deaths

Recognizing staged scenes
Proper documentation of a death scene

Why suicide scenes are not always obvious

About the Instructor

Darren Dake is a law enforcement professional with over 35 years of experience in criminal and medicolegal death investigations. Darren has worked in both the law enforcement realm of investigations as well as in the Coroner’s office for over 24 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.

 Mobile In-Service Training Team # 7 Illinois Enforcement Training and Standards Board

MTU #7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria: Civil Rights . 50 hours, Const. Use of LE Authority .50 hours, Human Rights .50 hours, Legal Updates .50 hours, Procedural Justice 5 hours, Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect .50 hours and 16 hours of continuing education for Lead Homicide Investigators 

Death Investigation and Scene Dynamics- Auditorium Ballroom – LaSalle, IL