Responding to Child Deaths for Patrol Officers
Responding to any calls involving children, especially deaths, can be stressful for all initial responders. There is a strong, and often underestimated, ripple effect from that initial response. Everything that occurs from the 911 call forward can directly affect the role and duties of the next professional involved in the case, and ultimately the disposition of the case itself. Therefore, the role of the patrol officer is crucial in the handling of child death cases. Assessment and decision making will have to occur under the worst circumstances. This course is designed to give officers the tools to gather information and maintain objectivity, while addressing the sensitive nature of the cases.
Purpose: To prepare patrol officers for responding to child fatality scenes.
- Participants will be able to explain what types of child deaths they will typically encounter.
- Participants will be able to explain the importance of notifications, both receiving and providing.
- Participants will be able to explain the key elements associated with initial scene assessments.
- Participants will be able to explain the importance of policy and procedures related to child death responses and how to develop them.