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Protocol for Death Notifications

A death notification must be made before the media is notified that a death has occurred. For example, suppose there was an automobile accident; the victim was taken to the hospital, and on the way to the hospital, the victim dies. No one in the media is notified about the condition of the victim until a death notification has been made to the immediate family.

Using the library, Internet, or any other available materials, In 3-4 paragraphs discuss the process of a death notification.
Give a rationale for why the immediate family is notified before the media.
Is a death notification for a police officer different than it is for a civilian? Do you agree or disagree that this should be the case?

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The Process of Notifying Immediate Family

Police Departments usually do death notifications. Some have patrolmen assigned to conduct death notices, or Shift Commanders (i.e. Sergeants or lieutenants). Others may have a patrolman accompanied by a member of the clergy assigned to conduct death notices to the immediate family of a decedent. It all depends on the departmental policy.


To complete this section one must consider the massive emotional toll the death of an immediate family member may have on the surviving family. Now think about what would happen ...

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This solution was in response to questions regarding death notification protocol for immediate family members by police and notification of death of a police officer.