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Qualifications for a Death Investigator

Summary:

Employees in this position perform all support duties involved in death investigations. Conveying the body to the morgue, conducting body examinations, taking of body fluids for toxicological examinations, overseeing of x-rays and fingerprints and assisting at autopsies. Work is performed under unusual and unpleasant conditions and is subject to a call on a 24-hour a day basis. He or she follows statutory requirement under Chapter 31, Illinois Revised Statutes.

Essential Functions:

Including the following

  • Conveys body to the morgue keeping intact evidence on or accompanying the body, including the correct control and disposition of the personal effects of the deceased.
  • Responsible for the preservation of the chain of evidence in regard to the body and/or evidence recovered from the body
  • Examines the body, catalogs clothing and personal effects; performs detailed body examinations with the preparation of diagrams of wounds, scar, etc., which are present
  • Takes, preserves and identifies body fluids for toxicological examinations including blood, bile, and urine and transports to the appropriate laboratory when necessary.
  • Assists in the taking, preserving and identifying trace evidence for a crime laboratory analysis including nails, hair and foreign materials
  • Oversees x-rays and processes film as supplementary investigative information
  • Takes fingerprints from bodies for the Coroner's Office and all law agencies
  • Assists at autopsies, including techniques in dissection and evisceration, taking swabs and smears from various parts of the body
  • Assists in the proper recovery of bullets and other projectiles, packages and identifies these materials
  • Properly prepares body for transportation and or release to funeral home
  • Assists in operation of the morgue under the supervision of the Forensic Analyst
  • Secure DNA record

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Knowledge of modern methods of death investigation
  • Knowledge of fingerprinting
  • Knowledge of human anatomy
  • Ability to work with deceased human bodies under varying conditions
  • Ability to write reports and routine business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, customers, and the general public
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference
  • Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratio, and proportions to situations
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in writing, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to use a computer. Good knowledge of PC operations and software are required. Good typing skills are also required.

Competency:

To perform the job successfully, an individual must demonstrate the following competencies

  • Analytical
    • Problem Solving
    • Customer Service
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
    • Quality Management
    • Organizational Support
    • Strategic Thinking
    • Judgment
  • Planning/Organizing
    • Professionalism
    • Quality
    • Quantity
    • Safety and Security
    • Adaptability
    • Attendance/Punctuality
    • Dependability
    • Initiative

Education and/or Other Requirements:

  • Completion of a standard high school program or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the desired knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Possession of a valid Illinois Driver's License and satisfactory driving record
  • Willingness to be available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year without regard for holidays or personal commitment
  • Experience or a background in law enforcement or the medical field

Environmental Factors:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job

  • Ability to perform duties both outside and inside in varying conditions including extreme heat, extreme cold and wet and/or humid, etc.
  • Varying environments require the employee to work in high precarious places, small confined spaces, etc.
  • The employee may be exposed to fumes, airborne particles, toxic/caustic chemicals, and bodily fluids, etc.
  • Ability to withstand odors associated with bodies in varying stages of decomposition

Psychological Factors:

The psychological demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability while working with bodies in various stages of decomposition
  • Ability to deal courteously with families of deceased individuals, officials and the general public
  • Ability to maintain pleasant working relationships
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously