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Wed, Nov 02


Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office

Investigation of Apparent Suicide

This course will assist investigators in recognizing suicide vs. homicide and will provide in-depth cases studies to help illustrate the various teaching points. *No Lodging/Per Diem*

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Investigation of Apparent Suicide
Investigation of Apparent Suicide

Time & Location

Nov 02, 2022, 8:00 AM – Nov 03, 2022, 5:00 PM

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, 13101 E Broncos Pkwy, Centennial, CO 80112, USA

Class Description

Investigation of Apparent Suicide

Topics Covered:

  • Historical Perspective on Suicide
  • Various Categories of Suicide
  • The Correlation Between Depression & Suicide
  • Risk Factors for Suicide
  • Motives for Suicide
  • The Five Components of a Successful Investigation
  • The Evaluation of Evidence at the Suicide Scene
  • Evaluation of Wounds

Course Overview:

Over the course of the career of most police officers and detectives, the likelihood of being sent to a report of a suicide is much greater than that of most other scenes involving the death of a human being.

The suicide crime scene is one of the most difficult crime scenes to investigate. This crime scene carries with it the temptation to decide of the cause of death as suicide, long before the facts and available evidence can support that determination.

The emotional impact of suicide on the surviving family members and friends makes this scene even more difficult to investigate than some homicide scenes. No one wants to believe that the investigator has reached the wrong conclusion. They believe that the investigation was conducted poorly, incompetently, or unprofessionally.

The detective conducting this crime scene investigation needs to be ready to have his or her work questioned by the surviving family of the victim. A crime scene that has been processed correctly will assist the detective in answering those questions.

This course will assist investigators in recognizing suicide vs. homicide and will provide in-depth cases studies to help illustrate the various teaching points.

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