COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), has launched an online version of its Death Investigation course, thanks to funding from the Texas Office of the Governor – Criminal Justice Division (CJD). The 40-hour course, offered through the Texas Forensic Science Academy, will be available at no cost through September.
Students learn about the procedures for conducting human death investigations, and topics range from autopsy and medical examiner systems to time of death estimation to stress management.
“The online delivery makes the training more accessible for those who can’t take a week away from work to attend face-to-face training,” said TEEX Law Enforcement Training Director Cullen Grissom. “The course is extremely interactive, student-driven and available 24/7. Our curriculum development team has done a good job replicating what students get in the face-to-face version of the course. I think participants will be pleased with the depth of content in this course.”
The course is designed for those assigned to crime scene and death investigations and counts toward the TFSA Forensic Investigator Level 2 Certificate
. It is also recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) and the International Association of Identification (IAI) for continuing education credit.
Previously, the Criminal Justice Division funded the development of the online version of Basic Criminal Investigation, Grissom added. “Both of these courses allow more training to reach law enforcement officers in rural areas and save agencies time and money. Online training is another valuable resource we are excited to offer for peace officers across the state.”