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Seminars on the Police MedicoLegal Investigation of Death

This 5-day course provides 40 hours of training in the medical and legal aspects of investigating death.

  • April 13-17, 2020
  • July 13-17, 2020
  • December 7-11, 2020

This program is designed to teach new and experienced homicide investigators, criminal investigation managers, prosecutors and medical examiners criteria about different types of sudden, unexpected and violent deaths.

Natural, suicidal, homicidal and accidental deaths that merit further investigation will be explored in detail.

Emphasizing and demonstrating the value of other agencies support, the course will show how to team with those involved in death investigations, as well as train in the legal aspects of preparing for and testifying in cases involving death.

  • How to Register

    The tuition fee of $900 per student must be paid 45 days before the first day of class and should be mailed.

    Payments must be received and confirmed 45 days before the first day of class, otherwise your registration will be automatically canceled. 

    Cancellation must be made and confirmed 45 days before the first day of class in order to guarantee full registration fee refund or credit towards another workshop.

    Miami-Dade County is not responsible for any expenses incurred due to a cancellation.

    Completed Seminar Registration Forms must be received no later than 10 business days prior to the starting date of the workshop.

  • Course Objectives

    At the conclusion of this program, participants will have an increased understanding, knowledge about, and written information on:

    • All manner of violent death: blunt trauma, sharp force, cutting, stabbing, suffocation, explosion, fire, electrical, water related, mechanical asphyxia, poison, strangulation.
    • The N.I.J. National Guidelines for Death Investigation.
    • Postmortem changes and what they mean in determination of death.
    • Variations of firearm deaths and injuries; projectiles in flight; police shooting investigations.
    • Issues related to rape murders and sexual assault.
    • The role of alcohol and drugs.
    • Child abuse, fatal child maltreatment, crimes against children; elder abuse.
    • Effective use of the forensic anthropologist and odontologist (dentist).
    • Biological and biochemical terrorism.
    • DNA current updates; evaluating/collecting evidence for DNA use.
    • Recognize mistakes and how to avoid them; key evidence at scenes.
    • Roles of black magic, Palo Mayombe, Santeria, and Voodoo.
    • Management of mass disasters.
    • Examine legal concerns for effective prosecution.

Phone Number(s)

Email / Mail

Medical Examiner
Dr. Emma O. Lew, Chief Medical Examiner

Medical Examiner Building
1851 NW 10th Ave, Miami, FL 33136

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