SD County Coroners

In accordance with SDCL Chapter 23-3-71, the Law Enforcement Officers Training and Standards Commission, in consultation with the SD Department of Health, has established a training program for county coroners. 

All newly selected county coroners must attend a 16-hour training program within one year of appointment.  This training focuses on; (1) Death scene investigation and (2) Death registration.  Law Enforcement Training will coordinate this training annually. 
 
All incumbent county coroners must complete 8 hours of advanced or refresher training, every two years, in the following subject areas:
 
          (1)  Death scene investigation; and
          (2)  Death registration.
 
Coroners are required to submit a letter certifying they have completed the 8 hours of training to the commission, through Law Enforcement Training, by December 31st of the following years:  2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, etc. 
 
Coroners are also required to maintain a record of the training and to make the records available to the commission upon request.
 
If you have any questions or suggestions for future training, please contact:
 
Kim Knecht
Asst. Training Administator
(605) 773-4612
kim.knecht@state.sd.us

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