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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: 2018, 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, 2028, 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:

Waylon Eckert
Training Coordinator
(605) 773-6741
waylon.eckert@state.sd.us