2018 IAC&ME - Session V: NIJ’s Role in Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System in the United States
On behalf of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IAC&ME), welcome to the 2018 IAC&ME Training Symposium.
Original Live Presentation took place on 07/24/2018 at the International Academy of Coroners & Medical Examiners. NIJ’s Role in Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System in the United States Presenter: Mr. Gerry LaPorte Medicolegal death investigators serve a fundamental role for public safety and ensuring justice by conducting death scene investigations and providing investigation services for suspected homicides and violent deaths, sudden and unexpected deaths, and deaths due to suspicious circumstances, as well as deaths related to drugs, drug overdoses, terrorism, and mass fatality incidents. Medical Examiners and Coroners (ME/Cs) oversee forensic autopsies to determine the causes and manners of death, and there are over 2,400 ME/C offices that conduct medicolegal death investigations in the U.S. NIJ believes strongly that medicolegal investigations must follow consistent standards and implement state-of-the art technologies to contribute to effective and efficient law enforcement investigations and the successful prosecution of crimes. Moreover, increased emphasis on ME/C data and analysis capabilities can improve both public safety and public health actions and policy decisions, as well as inform the tactics, training, equipment, and procedures that will prevent or reduce injuries and save lives. The session discusses the many programs that NIJ administers to support ME/C stakeholders: 1) National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) and recent success stories; 2) NIJ’s Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System grant program; 3) the recent increase in appropriation funding for the Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement grants to address the opioid crisis; 4) ongoing efforts between NIJ and the ME-C community such as the Department of Justice Needs Assessment and the creation of an MDI Working Group; and 5) an update on research and development related to medicolegal death investigation. This year, the IAC&ME hosted a combined Basic and Advanced Medicolegal Death Investigation (MDI) course in addition to its general conference program in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s program provided another excellent opportunity to learn from some of the best speakers in their respective fields of expertise. IAC&ME partnered with NIJ’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCOE) to provide a portion of their symposium to an online audience. The IAC&ME has over 80 years of experience in the presentation of educational seminars for the purpose of assisting coroners, medical examiners, and other forensic specialists in the performance of their duties. This commitment is engrained in the Association’s mission statement, “The International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners is committed to advancing the accurate determination of the cause and the manner of death through the utilization of science, medicine and the law.” This training symposium brought together leaders in MDI to one location for training, education, and networking. Please see our website for information on obtaining ABMDI or POST credits: https://forensiccoe.org/workshop/2018-iacme-training-symposium/ This presentation was recorded in its entirety at the time of the live event in order to capture the one on one interaction with the presenter. Funding for this collaborative IAC&ME and FTCOE event was provided by the National Institute of Justice.