This module considers the role of the PMOC in detail and explores how the police-driven DVI process engages with the Coroner, Pathologist and other identification specialists. It provides inputs on odontology, anthropology, surgical and cosmetic implant and craniofacial reconstruction techniques. It looks in detail at the processes and protocols of the Coronial identification commission and considers past case studies of such commissions in operation. Finally it will consider the concept of post-mortem identification in an international context.  

The scenario Operation Red Construct will provide a formative exercise within which a range of identification exercises and data sources will be made available to you to allow you to critically consider their value within the context of a ‘closed’ mass fatality event.


At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus

Course structure

Lectures, Group Work, Practical (Operation Red Construct), Blended learning

What you will learn

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically appraise the role of the PMOC within the mass fatality identification process.
  • Assess the importance of core and specialist identification methods, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and the distinction between primary and supporting identifiers.
  • Examine the role and responsibilities of the Coroner in convening an identification commission.
  • Create and conduct a post-mortem identification strategy in response to the requirements of a mass fatality event.
  • Integrate a practical approach to the techniques of mass fatality identification.

Core content

  • Roles and responsibilities of the PMOC and Coroner.
  • Identification processes of the DVI/mass fatality process.
  • Forms of identification, their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  • Post-mortem imagery.
  • Core identification techniques.
  • Specialist identification techniques.
  • Case studies

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