OCME: Prof. Activity

Professional Activity

   There is frequent interaction with other governmental agencies. Municipal and/or state police often develop circumstantial information which is crucial to the direction of the investigation as a whole and to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner component, in particular. This office provides information and evidential material to the investigative agency which helps to direct further inquiry. Medicolegal information is used in civil and/or criminal litigate proceedings, and the courtroom testimony of forensic pathologists is frequently required. 

   The office also shares information with other state agencies involved in monitoring fatalities such as the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Transportation, the Office of the Child Advocate, and the Department of Public Health, as well as the various agencies interested in the control of narcotics and other drugs. 

   Similarly, our investigations often interface with federal agencies such as: the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (workplace hazards), the National Transportation Safety Board (airplane crashes), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Federal law violations), the Consumer Products Safety Commission (consumer products), the Drug Enforcement Agency (controlled substances), the Connecticut Poison Control Center  and the Center for Disease Control (potentially contagious diseases).

   In addition to the functions directly related to the service caseload of the office, forensic pathologists are actively involved in the education of law enforcement officers, medical and law students, pathology residents, attorneys, EMT's and other interested groups.  The professional staff of the agency is available for pretrial conferences with attorneys from both litigative sides to discuss available forensic, pathologic and other scientific information, in order to correlate the circumstances of the fatality with the postmortem findings.

Content Last Modified on 12/13/2005 12:43:22 PM