The Investigations Department is comprised of a Chief Investigator, Deputy Chief Investigator, and eight full time Medicolegal Death Investigators. This department is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are always at least 2 investigators on duty at any time. Currently, the entire Investigations Department has either law enforcement experience, emergency medical care experience or both. Six members of the department are currently certified as investigators with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
The Investigators primary function is to locate, preserve and gather the evidence necessary to allow the Coroner to make a determination as to the cause and manner of death. In addition to death investigations, Investigators with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office also investigate and issue Orders of Protective Custody to assist in the providing emergent care for individuals with a mental health crisis (suicidal, homicidal or gravely disabled).