NYS Criminal Justice Services retains LGS’s Andrea Zaferes to fill gap in aquatic-death investigation training
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services continues to engage Andrea Zaferes of Team Lifeguard Systems to deliver a two-day Aquatic Death and Homicidal Drowning Investigation class. Ms. Zaferes also acts as a contract medicolegal death investigator for the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office. The DCJS class will be offered on an ongoing basis and in different New York counties. The division’s Office of Public Safety will host the class to help fill the gap of too little law enforcement training in the area of water-related deaths. Research indicates that more drowning deaths would be identified as homicides if they were investigated as possible instances of foul play and not automatically labeled as accidents. The class will cover what to look for in drowning cases—what constitutes a red flag—and valuable techniques for investigating water-related deaths. For more information, including 2015 class dates and locations, who can attend, and how to apply, click here.