My name is Nancy Burnham-Kreiner. I am the founder of the William Burnham Jr. Death Scene Awareness Project.
The Death Scene Awareness Project is a non-profit organization who reaches out to support the tireless professionals who carry out death investigations every day in over 3,000 jurisdictions in the United States. With over 17,500 homicides and over 33,000 suicides each year it is clear; death investigation is a serious business.
A death investigation is made up of many professionals including first responders such as EMT's and paramedics, and moves on to CSI units, coroners and pathologists, police and investigators, and forensic scientists. It is often likely at times to include forensic odentologists, botanists, anthropologists and a host of other special sciences.
The Death Scene Awareness Project was formed as a result of my son's brutal murder in 2006.
The Awareness Project was also inspired by the 1999 U.S Department of Justice research report entitled; Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator. This research study commissioned by then Attorney General Janet Reno, focused on and examined the need for national standardized death investigation protocols to be put in place across the United States. The study also recommended what those protocols should be.
While significant progress has been made since the report was issued in 1999, there is still much work yet to do.
Along with the Dept of Justice research report, the Death Scene Awareness Project seeks to magnify awareness of the
need for death investigation protocols to be followed 'every scene - every time'.
We diligently support and encourage the death investigation community of professionals and desire to elevate them and the invaluable work they do by helping them to keep in the forefront of their hearts and minds the awareness of the tremendous impact a death investigation, well done or poorly done, will have on the family of the victim and their ability to cope going forward as they learn to live a new kind of life, and as they seek to obtain justice in the cases of homicide.
As an organization, we support the idea of recognized certifications earned in the field of death investigation which reflect a comprehensive educational process and an ongoing standard of competency.
I welcome you to the website! If the Death Scene Awareness Project can be of any assistance to you please contact us.