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We are a community of professionals in the field of death investigation. Whether you’re a coroner, a member of local police or county law enforcement, an EMS professional, or medical examiner – or frankly, anyone in between, Coroner Talk™ is the right community for you. We provide training and resources to coroners and death investigators by and from professionals around the world, a peer to peer training environment. I recognized that the training available for coroners and small department investigators was limited by resources such as time away from department and expense. So, I developed Coroner Talk™.



Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy (MSA), Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI). Has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation.

He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Death Investigation Training Academy (DITA) and for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

Coroner Talk™ | Death Investigation Training | Police and Law Enforcement Darren Dake

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    • 4.5 • 205 Ratings

We are a community of professionals in the field of death investigation. Whether you’re a coroner, a member of local police or county law enforcement, an EMS professional, or medical examiner – or frankly, anyone in between, Coroner Talk™ is the right community for you. We provide training and resources to coroners and death investigators by and from professionals around the world, a peer to peer training environment. I recognized that the training available for coroners and small department investigators was limited by resources such as time away from department and expense. So, I developed Coroner Talk™.



Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy (MSA), Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI). Has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation.

He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Death Investigation Training Academy (DITA) and for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

    Preparedness Mindset

    Preparedness Mindset

    But having a preparedness mindset is critical as an investigator. We get used to the day-to-day calls and never put a lot of thought into the time we will be thrust into a large investigation. Whether that be a large, emotionally draining investigation or one that might be, or seem to be, above our ability to manage.

    We can never prepare for everything. But we can do a lot to prepare for the unexpected. In this episode, I talk about having a preparedness mindset and how to prepare for the unexpected. This is an excerpt from a larger online course but is packed with real training and ready-to-use advice.

    Check out the online course at this link.
    https://www.ditacademyonline.org/courses/prepardness-mindset
     
     

    • 40 min
    Death Investigator Newsletter Announcement

    Death Investigator Newsletter Announcement

    We have revamped an old idea into an interactive monthly newsletter—best of all, it's totally free. 
     
    To learn more and subscribe, go to deathinvestigatormagazine.com 
     

     
     

    • 3 min
    Survivor Support Programs

    Survivor Support Programs

    Support Services staff are trained professionals from various fields, including medicine, mental health, and law enforcement. The team is committed to providing sincere and compassionate support at a pace survivors are comfortable with. We maintain the highest level of confidentiality. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    In the event of a death, Summit County provides support services to family and friends of the decedent. Services can include counseling, emotional support, financial assistance for burials, advocacy, help with paperwork, and referrals for other types of assistance.
    To learn more about the Summit County, Colorado Program, go to https://summitcountyco.gov/1102/Survivor-Support
    To learn more about the Death Investigation Academy and see what course you might be interested in, go to
    https://ditacademy.org/

    • 37 min
    Suicide Investigations - What can the Body Tell Us?

    Suicide Investigations - What can the Body Tell Us?

    Check out the online course here:
    https://www.ditacademyonline.org/courses/Suicide-and-Self-Harm
    An initial exam while still on the scene is imperative for the overall determination of cause and manner of death as well as collecting time sensitive facts and evidence. This exam is only the first of two external exams. This one being on the scene and the second one at autopsy.
    The on-scene exam documents what the investigator sees and what wounds, scars, tattoos, etc., are present on the body. At this stage, much of the trace evidence used in a case will either be located or preserved for future collection.
     
     

    • 27 min
    Suicide Victimology

    Suicide Victimology

    Check out the online course here:
    https://www.ditacademyonline.org/courses/Suicide-and-Self-Harm
    Victimology is the collection and assessment of any significant information as it pertains to the victim and his or her lifestyle. Investigators must know the victim and complete a victimology study on every suicide, you cannot properly investigate a death without it. 
    Ultimately you need to find out, in detail, who the victim was and what was going on at the time of their death. The best source of information will be friends, family, employers, and neighbors. Your goal is to get to know the victim better than they knew themselves.
     

    • 29 min
    Suicide Statistics Degrees of Certainty

    Suicide Statistics Degrees of Certainty

    Check out the online course here:
    https://www.ditacademyonline.org/courses/Suicide-and-Self-Harm
    Suicide deaths account for nearly 46,00 deaths in the United States, about one death every five minutes.  The number per year has continued to grow for the past several years. 
    Investigators face many challenges in this death, including when to rule a death a suicide and what degree of certainty must be obtained before making that ruling. 
    More information and statistics can be found on the website at: 
    coronertalk.com
    To learn more about the Death Investigation Academy, go to
    ditacademy.org 
     

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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205 Ratings

205 Ratings

IWasAnAccident_80 ,

I give unlimited stars

Thanks to your training, I was able to obtain my dream job! I will support you in every avenue. Not only is your training professional, it’s informative and even entertaining. As an adult who struggles with maintaining interest, you kept me hooked and I’ve even referred a couple people to your training courses! Thank Darren for all you do!

Jeanne3wishes ,

SO INFORMATIVE!

I was recently hired as a Coroner Investigator in a very large western region city. As I started researching training and what the job entails I found Darren’s excellent podcast and am currently half way through listening to every episode to help me on the job. The info is presented in a super practical, professional and realistic way. The guests are fantastic. Thank you, Coroner Talk!

Dmup ,

Informative and Helpful!

I will give this podcast 5 stars without a doubt. Creating a podcast that talks about such delicate and specific topics is not an easy task. I have taken the MDI Certification recently and it is nice to hear the topics of some of my classes here as a refresher as well as other updates, thank you Darren and crew!
I understand that not all of us agree politically so our focus should be the topic of this podcast, “death investigation”and most importantly, to be able to listen and understand different points of view. I do agree … the sirens can be a little triggering at times so just fast fwd that :)
Anyway, bottom line…. Informative and helpful.

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