Coroners must seek answers from the silent and, sometimes, justice for those left behind. So too, they must be a compassionate presence when delivering the worst news a loved one will ever hear. Preparing individuals for a diverse career that blends the medical and investigative, is the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training’s Coroners Program. Participants will complete a 40-hour basic course covering topics such as investigative information, medical/legal death investigation history, crime scene investigation, photography and mass fatality response. Other subjects include search and seizure, use of force, forensic odontology, death-scene investigation, natural death, record keeping, autopsy review, stress and wellness and working medical examiners. Basic training must be taken within first year of office. Courses are offered in Richmond, Louisville, Bowling Green, Frankfort and Cadiz. Attendees are responsible for their own meals and housing.
PREREQUISITES OF BEING A CORONER OR DEPUTY CORONER
Be sworn into office
Be at least 21-years old
Have a high school diploma or GED
TRAITS OF A CORONER
Good communication skills
Kentucky coroners and deputy coroners are required to complete 18 hours of in-service each year. DOCJT strives to maintain the most relevant courses to the profession. Courses offered expand on those taught during basic training, as well as fire death, crime scene pathology, case interviews, officer administration, drug-related death, media relations and more. Additional training is offered through the annual Kentucky Coroners Association Conference, where 18 hours of in-service is provided each year through DOCJT. Check the Acadis system for available classes.