Basic Crime Scene Safety / Basic Crime Scene Reconstruction / Basic Death Investigations

These lessons are approved for in-service credits in the state of Maryland by the Maryland Police Training Commission.

This is an online only (virtual) training course that covers basic knowledge on the above mentioned subject.

Course Location:

This is a virtual course, offered online only and available to registered users of the Officer Virtual Academy at all times.

Course Description:

This three part course is a basic overview of crime scene safety and some security precautions to take while on scene. It will cover personal protective equipment, (PPE), needed as well as proper crime scene safety protocol. The second section will provide students with a basic knowledge of the reasoning behind crime scene reconstruction. Students will also learn tips and tools to use while reconstructing a crime scene and will learn how to begin the process. The final portion of the course is a basic overview of how to handle death investigations and what to look for. There is a brief lecture on what type of evidence to look for as well as a touch of forensic pathology.


There are no prerequisites for attending this program.

Course Objectives:

To learn the best practices for safety and security at a crime scene.

About the Instructors

Hilary Rodela
Hilary Rodela is a licensed Private Investigator through the state of New Mexico, a former Crime Scene Investigator, and Evidence Technician. She worked for the Ruidoso (NM) Police Department as well as the Lubbock (TX) Police Department. She has written for several public safety publications and has extensive law enforcement and forensic training and is pursuing forensic expertise in various disciplines. Hilary is also an Investigator with the Cold Case Foundation and is a curriculum developer for the National Investigative Training Academy.

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Course Includes

  • 7 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate