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Aquatic Death & Homicidal Drowning Investigations

  • July 29, 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • July 30, 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Chemeketa-Brooks Regional Training Center 4910 Brooklake Rd. NE Brooks, OR 97305
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Aquatic Death & Homicidal Drowning Investigations

Target Audience:

All Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, District Attorneys, Medical and Deputy Medical Examiners, Fire and EMS, Underwater Rescue/Recovery Teams.

Sponsoring Agency:

Oregon Peace Officers Association and Salem Police Department

Date and Time:

July 29th & 30th, 2019  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(7:30 a.m. check-in, first day)


$225 OPOA members
$250 non-OPOA members (membership included if qualified)

Training Location:

Chemeketa-Brooks Regional Training Center

4910 Brooklake Rd. NE

Brooks, OR 97305   


 Team Lifeguard Systems, Inc.
DPSST Training Category: General

Brief Overview:

While water related deaths out number fire related deaths by a factor of eight to one, there is very little law enforcement training that focuses specifically on aquatic death. Drowning is the eighth leading cause of death among all homicides, its rank would likely be significantly higher if more drowning deaths were investigated as possible foul play. The typical first thought when you hear “drowning” is that it was an accident. This course is designed to identify the “red flags” of a drowning case which would lead an investigator to prove the event is a homicide and not accidental. Some of the course topics to be covered include:

  • How to prepare the mind set of responding officers
  • What to do upon arrival on a drowning scene
  • Water specific witness interviewing and statement analysis      
  • Preservation of possible water crime scenes
  • What happens to bodies and other evidence underwater
  • Was it not there, or did the dive team just miss it
  • Aquatic Sexual Sadism & Aquatic Erotic Asphyxia           
  • Case History Reviews
  • Submerged Evidence processing                          
  • Indications of homicide by drowning
  • Post-mortem physiology with examination of forensic slides     
  • Court ready documentation of the scene
  • Protect individual and department liability when perpetrators attempt to escape police by way of water, and the perpetrator drowns

Contact Information:

Avena Glock at (971) 218-7161 or training1@opoa.info.


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