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1

The homicide mandate is:

 lead the investigation of all homicides
 lead the investigation of all criminal acts which result in serious bodily harm or life threatening injury to a police officer while on duty;
 support field officers with the investigation of suspicious deaths;
 lead the investigation of deaths in police custody that are not related to the discharge of a Service firearm; and
 provide investigative support to the Coroner in the investigation of deaths in police custody

2

When an autopsy is ordered as a result of an apparent suicide or accident where the only witness is or has been
an intimate partner, past or present, the autopsy will be performed by _______ who currently performs homicide autopsies. The autopsy will be conducted as if the death had taken place under suspicious circumstances.

a Regional Coroner’s pathologist

3

Officers are reminded to remain vigilant for the possibility of foul play in every circumstance where there is:

 a sudden, unexpected death, AND
 present at the time of death or the finding of a body, a partner, and particularly a partner with whom the deceased had or may have had an intimate relationship, recent or remote.

4

Every sudden unexpected death of a child under eighteen (18) years of age shall be treated as suspicious and a
member of the On–Call Team – Homicide Squad should be contacted by who?

Who as well, if the child is under 16, should be contacted?

By the ATTENDING divisional detective.

CYAC in any division city-wide

5

Who makes the final decision on the “cause” and “manner” of death of a child under the age of 5?

The Death Under Five Committee (DU5C) of the Office of the Chief Coroner

6

Who makes up The Death Under Five Committee (DU5C) of the Office of the Chief Coroner?

paediatric forensic pathologists,
police officers,
crown attorneys, and
senior officials from the Office of the Chief Coroner; and is
chaired by the Deputy Chief Coroner for the Province of Ontario.

7

What is the general responsibilities of the First Officer on scene?

The first police officer to arrive at the scene of a suspicious death or suspected homicide shall be responsible for
offender management, preservation of the evidence and crime scene while awaiting the arrival of an appropriate
investigator.

8

Upon arrival at the scene of a suspicious death or suspected homicide the first officer on scene shall request the attendance of:

 a supervisory officer
 a divisional detective
 an investigator from SCI – FIS
 the Coroner

9

Upon discovering the sudden unexpected death of a child under eighteen (18) years of age
 a suspicious death or suspected homicide, which may include
 an unexplained or unknown cause of death
 found human remains
 obvious or suspected foul play
 any other suspicious circumstance
shall treat the death as ______.

suspicious.

10

What is a Preliminary Police Report?

The Preliminary Police Report was developed by the Office of the Chief Coroner and shall be completed, in addition to the applicable eReport, for the death of a child under five (5) years of age, and forwarded to the Coroner’s Office prior to the post mortem examination.

11

If the Homicide investigator is not attending, follow the instructions of the _________.

divisional detective

12

What are the general duties of the second officer on scene?

The second police officer to arrive at the scene of a suspicious death or suspected homicide shall be
responsible for preserving the crime scene, if necessary, and noting any pertinent details in their memorandum book.

13

When advised of a suspicious death or suspected homicide the supervisor on scene shall notify who directly?

notify the officer in charge

14

The OIC is responsible for ensuring an appropriate uniform response, and in the absence of the detective sergeant, an appropriate investigative response.
Upon being notified of a suspicious death or possible homicide shall notify who directly?

- the UC if on duty
- the OIC-TPOC

15

IF Homicide is not on scene as of yet can the FIS investigator take charge?

Yes