Preliminary Death Investigation 

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The purpose of this policy is to provide initial responding officers with guidelines for conducting preliminary investigations of deceased persons.

Reported deaths of persons, other than those under the immediate care of a physician at a hospital or similar health care facility, shall be responded to by officers of this department for investigation and for purposes of providing basic assistance to survivors. It is the responsibility of responding officers in cooperation with homicide investigators, emergency medical responders, physicians, and the medical examiner to establish the manner of death whether naturally, by accident, suicide, homicide, or unknown causes. In so doing, officers shall approach the investigation of any death that is not attended by a physician in a health care setting as a potential homicide, regardless of how it is reported, and shall follow procedures as detailed in this policy to assist in determining the cause and manner of death.

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