The Lewis and Clark County Office of the Coroner is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week operation.
Deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Coroner are investigated by the Coroner and Deputy Coroner. These deaths require dispatching the Coroner or Deputy Coroner to the scene of the death regardless of the time or location. They will interview witnesses and emergency responders, photograph the scene, follow up on leads, collect property, make identifications, notify next of kin, secure valuables and interface with law enforcement agencies. They prepare reports that may be forwarded to the medical division for use in the determination of the cause and mode of death. The Coroner or Deputy Coroner may be called in to court to provide testimony on Coroner Cases. The Coroner and Deputy are certified with Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and participate in continued education such as Advanced Medicolegal Death Investigator Training.