Each year in the U.S. there are approximately 16,000 homicides reported, and probably another ±4,000 that are not reported, or are mis-categorized. Most homicide investigations start with the arrival of the first officer at the scene. Yet, few officers are trained in the actual conduct of a homicide investigation. This course addresses some of the basic elements officers need to understand regarding homicide investigations, including the collection and protection of vital evidence, the types of homicides, and ultimately, determining causes and time of death.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
This class has been accredited by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training for 1.00 hours of mandatory continuing education credit. Regarding any law enforcement concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices as might be taught, promoted, or otherwise espoused in outside schools or seminars, there is no intent, expressed or implied, that ‘accreditation’ indicates or in any way conveys ‘CLEET approval’ of such concepts, practices, methods, techniques, products, or devices, unless such approval is explicitly stated by CLEET.
Relias Learning is a continuing education sponsor as approved by the Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. This course Homicide Investigations 1.0, 10397-0227 has been approved by the POST Board for continuing education credit. Peace officers who successfully complete this course will receive 1.00 hours of continuing education.
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I. Homicide Investigations A. Fraud Warning II. Introduction A. OSS – Academy® B. Navigating this Course C. About This Course D. Learning Objectives III. First Responder Highlights A. First things first! B. Officer Duties - Arrival at a Crime Scene C. Preservation and Protection of the Crime Scene D. The Crime Scene Log E. Intake of Evidence F. The Evidence Room G. Chain of Custody H. Evidence Tags I. Evidence Quote J. Evidence Tags and Systems K. A Guiding Light for Evidence Collection L. Interesting Quote IV. Anatomy of an Investigation A. Calgary Police Service B. An Interesting Fact V. Causes of Death A. Types of Death B. Natural Causes of Death C. Accidental Causes of Death D. Cause of Death - Suicide E. Suicide F. Suicide Questions G. Cause of Death - Homicide H. Murder I. Manslaughter J. Non-Criminal Homicide K. Elements of the Crime L. Intent to Cause Death M. An Interesting Fact VI. Time of Death A. Determining Death Has Occurred B. The Focus of the Homicide Investigation C. Identifying the Victim D. Additional Resource E. Hours Postmortem F. Body Temperature G. Best Practice H. Rigor Mortis I. Postmortem Lividity J. Postmortem Lividity – You Can See It K. Examination of Eyes L. Examination of Stomach Contents M. Decomposition N. Timeline of Insect Activity O. An Interesting Fact P. Various Trauma Q. Effects of Water R. Gunshot Wounds S. Powder Tattooing T. Contact Wounds U. Stab or Cut Wounds V. Defensive Wounds W. Asphyxia X. Poisoning Y. Burning Z. The Homicide Victim VII. Levels of Proof A. Burden of Proof B. An Interesting Fact VIII.Conclusion A. Summary B. From the Academy Staff C. References D. Congratulations
David Lee Salmon has a BS in Criminal Justice from San Houston State University, Texas. David's background includes being a Law Enforcement and Jail Risk Manager, as well as having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence. He currently is the OSS Academy Training Coordinator, based in Texas, providing Law Enforcement and Corrections staff with online training. David also serves as the Vice-President of the OSS Law Enforcement Advisors, which provides risk management services, expert witness services, training programs, and law enforcement management tools. Disclosure: David Lee Salmon II, BS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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