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R4 Investigation of Apparent Suicide – Idaho Falls

February 6

Course Number: R114A


Topics Covered

  • Historical Perspective on Suicide
  • Cultural Perspective on Suicide
  • Various Categories of Suicide
  • A Close Look at Depression
  • 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
  • An Examination of Suicide Notes
  • Evaluation of Wounds
  • What To Do When the Deceased is Another Officer
  • How To Make a Proper Death Notification for a Suicide

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 make a determination 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.

Dates: February 6-7, 2020

Time: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 16

Location: Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex, 740 Park Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $289 per student, or discounted rate of $269 if registering 5 or more students

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructors: TBD

Registration Details: Register via the Professional Law Enforcement Training website located here-



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Idaho Falls Police Department


Idaho Falls Police Department Training Annex
740 Park Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 United States
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