Investigating Suicide and Self Harm Deaths – Auditorium Ballroom, LaSalle, IL

Investigating Suicide and Self Harm Deaths – Auditorium Ballroom, LaSalle, IL

03-28-2023 8:00 AM - 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:

Investigating Suicide and Self Harm Deaths

Instructor: Darren Drake

March 28, 2023

8am –  5pm

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

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This one-day course is an intermediate overview of the investigation of suicide and self-harm death. The course is specifically designed for patrol officers, investigators, and coroners responsible for responding to and/ or investigating a death.

The training assumes the student’s basic understanding of a crime scene and evidence collection methods. It goes beyond the preliminary death scene and targets what suicide deaths are and what they are not. It also gives insight into the mental aspect of suicide and self-harm behaviors. Participants will learn how to evaluate a scene, obtain evidence specific to making a determination of suicide, as well as how to properly document the scene and obtain vital victim history information and family statements.

This course will cover specific causes of suicide deaths such as self-inflicted gunshot wounds; which are the most common form of suicide in the United States, drug overdose deaths, hanging and asphyxia deaths, as well as autoerotic deaths, helium – inert gases inhalation deaths, and planned or assisted suicides.

Students will learn the best practices and standards for investigating suicides and self-harm deaths. This course is not intended to set department policy but rather focuses on generally approved methods of criminal investigations as it applies to a death scene involving the possibility of suicide and self-harm.

Obstacles in adolescent suicide rulings Classification of death standards
How staged scenes can be missed
Critical Obstacles in gunshot cases
Why suicide scenes are not always obvious Real case reviews to enhance learning objective

Learning objectives will be reinforced by looking at actual scenes and applying information learned to the investigation.

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: Pending

Investigating Suicide and Self Harm Deaths – Auditorium Ballroom, LaSalle, IL