Professional Conduct – Skills and Attributes

Ethical behavior goes beyond simply knowing the difference between right and wrong; it is doing what is right. The purpose of promoting ethical investigation practices is to establish and promote clearly defined standards of conduct for investigators. These standards assist in protecting the investigator and the public.

While some practices may be legal, the investigator must ask if they are ethical. The conduct of an investigator must be ethical at all times if he is to be taken seriously as a professional.

Ethical behavior means adhering to the following 5 standards:



3.Ethical investigation practices

4.Avoiding conflicts of interest

5.Supporting equal rights


Along with ethics within every investigation. There also exists 4 primary skills that every successful investigator must have.  These  skills include:

1.Investigation Skills

2.People Skills


4.Work Ethic


Above every other  skill,  the two primary attributes of any successful investigator are;

  • Self Confidence-

Optimism and assertiveness play a part in investigations. This can include assertiveness of an individual who depends on his or her knowledge of how to handle a difficult situation.

  • Integrity-

Falsified facts and incomplete information can spell disaster for an investigator. It is absolutely essential that the investigators double check all facts and do not misrepresent themselves to others.


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Darren is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and criminal investigations. He currently serves as an investigator for the Crawford County Missouri coroner’s office. He holds credentials as an instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Training Academy, has served as president of the Missouri Medical Examiners and Coroners Association, and is certified and credentialed in numerous fields of investigation. He holds the position of lead instructor and facilitator for the Coroner Talk™ community as he speaks and writes in the area of death investigation and scene management.

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