Sakina Vernor

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Vernor, Sakina

Sakina T. Vernor, F-ABMDI

Education and Training

  • Master of Science, Criminal Justice Administration, 2011
  • Bachelors of Arts, Criminal Justice, 2006
  • Lindenwood University / Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Honors Candidate: Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society in Criminal Justice
  • Member of the Criminal Justice National Honor Society.
  • Advanced American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigator, Basic Investigator Course
  • Mandatory Firearms Training, Handgun Qualification, Wicklander-Zuwalski training
  • National Incident Management System, Introduction to the Incident Command System, Investigation of High Profiled Cases, Hazardous Materials Incident Response | Awareness, Forensic Entomology Evidence Recovery Techniques, Domestic Related Homicides, Opioid Overdose Death Investigations, Sexual Deviant Killers

Work Experience

  • Deputy Coroner, Madison County Coroner Office September 2006 - Present
  • Military Police Officer, US Army, January 1998 to October 2003.
    • Duty stations included a year in Seoul, Korea, Fort Bliss, TX, Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Iraq.
    • In Iraq, assigned to the 978th MP Co. (out of Fort Bliss, TX). Primary duty to provide security for convoys. This mission covered the areas of Iraq to Kuwait. Main job was to ensure safety of the soldiers that were in convoy.
      • Also executed search and seizures missions in houses of the Iraqi's to secure any weapons or contraband and if located, suspects were searched, arrested and transported them to the jails in country.
      • Provide security for the higher ups. When they had to go from base to base for a meeting or to check on their troops, I had a chance to provide security for the VIP's.
    • Awards include: Overseas Medal, Good Conduct Medal, several Certificate of Achievements, 2 Army Achievement Medals (AAM), Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM).
    • Respond to death scenes, make a preliminary investigation into the manner of death
    • Complete preliminary investigation reports and other forms mandated by law
    • Complete death certificates; issue Coroner's permits to cremate to funeral directors
    • Collect toxicological specimens; collect and inventory evidence and personal property; Death notification, photograph death scenes and document autopsy findings
    • Controlled traffic, prevented crime, and responded to emergencies
    • Dispatcher, supply clerk, desk clerk, administrative assistant, types 45 wpm
    • Responsible for providing support to the battlefield