Online Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction: Introduction and Overview 

Primary Course Instructors: Dennis Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA; Michael J Hochrein, Special Agent FBI, Ret.; and Luis Cabo, M.S.

*Approved for 8 hours of PA Continuing Education Credit*

This continuing education course is intended to provide participants with a brief overview of what protocols are utilized in outdoor crime scene recovery and reconstruction.

After an introduction to the field of forensic anthropology (including forensic osteology, forensic archaeology and forensic taphonomy), presenters will take you through the basic principles applied to searches, mapping, surface scatter scenes and buried body features. Video lectures will be used to present the fundamental guidelines behind the recovery and reconstruction of outdoor crime scenes.

This course will be presented by Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat and Michael Hochrein, with the assistance of Deputy Coroner John Ackerman (Westmoreland County, PA), providing an additional insight into the use of cadaver dogs in large-scale searches; and Dr. Diana Messer (Western Carolina University), detailing the importance of forensic significance in outdoor searches.

You will be able to proceed at your own pace through the lecture series which will be available through the Teachable online platform. In order to obtain continuing education credit, HD Forensics is utilising software provided by Teachable to monitor the percentage of video viewed. Participants must view 90% of a module video in order to progress on with the course. This course is currently approved for continuing education credit through IAI, ABMDI and the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Education Board. If you are interested in receiving CE credit through another organisation, please let us know and we will look into it further.

Participants are encouraged to email questions to Live online Q&A sessions will be held once a month for more in-depth conversations.

Upon finishing Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction: Introduction and Overview, we suggest continuing on with Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction: Advanced Methods Pt 1 and/or Pt 2!

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Dennis Dirkmaat,
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Michael Hochrein,
FBI (Ret.)

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