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County's Chief Forensic Investigator to Share Inside Look Into Role of Medical Examiner's Office

Published: 1/5/2017

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County will offer an educational presentation on forensic investigations and the role of the Medical Examiner on Thursday, January 19th, at 7 p.m., at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH), 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

“In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the forensic sciences, in part due to the popularity of television series, such as ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,’ and related entertainment that center around such topics,” said Dennis Chute, MD, Dutchess County Chief Medical Examiner.  “What the general public may not appreciate, however, is that much of what our office does is mandated by law and that the daily routine of a medical examiner’s office often differs from what is portrayed on television or in the movies.”

Dutchess County Chief Forensic Investigator Robert Bready will present the program, which will focus on the role and jurisdiction of the Medical Examiner’s Office, misconceptions regarding why and when autopsies are conducted, and an overview of typical medical examiner’s cases. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

The Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County is comprised of both healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers as part of a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure as well as disaster preparedness and response in the community.

The training is free, however seating is limited and registration is required.  For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, or to register, please contact MRC Coordinator Joe Ryan at (845) 486-2493 or  For information on upcoming trainings, visit