FSA109 – 40.00 Hours

Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, this course can be scheduled to meet your specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence at (800) 423-8433 or ilepse@teex.tamu.edu to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

Skeletal Death InvestigationClandestine burial sites and scattered human remains pose serious issues for criminal investigators. This course is designed for those responsible for death investigations, including cold case death investigations dealing with skeletal remains. Participants will be introduced to the field of forensic anthropology and receive instruction in the recovery and analysis of human remains. Students will have the unique opportunity to excavate a cadaver while at the body farm at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch. Course instruction is through lecture, case review, and field application.

This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Skeletal Death Investigation Course #40060.

Prerequisites

Participants enrolling in this course must meet one of the following employment statuses:

  • Licensed or certified peace officer with a current commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative agency 
  • Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency conducting investigative tasks or duties 
  • Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting forensic examinations

Prior to the start of the course, a member of the Forensic Science Academy staff will contact participants to verify employment in one of the fields listed above.

Students will be contacted via email to confirm approval and admittance into the course.

Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is an essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.

Participants in a TCOLE credit course must complete the class in its entirety to receive TCOLE credit.

Recommended

Student May Bring

  • DSLR camera
  • Electronic flash

Course Attire / PPE

  • Participants will be conducting field exercises, including excavation of a human cadaver, throughout the week. Dress appropriately with gear for outdoor field work in various types of weather conditions.
  • Comfortable closed toe footwear
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellent

Topics

  • Basics of forensic anthropology
  • Biological profile
  • Decomposition and taphonomy
  • Human osteology
  • Photography and mapping
  • Recovery of scattered surface and buried remains
  • Site identification

Suggested Audience

Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to
investigative tasks and duties such as crime scene investigators, detectives, medicolegal
death investigators, patrol officers, corrections officers and forensic nurses

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

  • 40.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
  • 3.00 hours – ACE
  • 20.00 hours – International Association of Identification (IAI)

Other Information

Course Disclaimers

  • Participants will be working with human cadavers

Contact Information

Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: ilepse@teex.tamu.edu

Payment Info

I have gained a solid foundation for the safety field, and applying what I have learned from the TEEX courses has given me the personal satisfaction of knowing that our employees go home safely every day.

— Marco Villasana, Client, Alman Electrical Contractors
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