NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner


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The Office of Chief Medical Examiner investigates cases of persons who die within New York City from criminal violence, by accident, by suicide, suddenly when in apparent health, when unattended by a physician, in a correctional facility or in any suspicious or unusual manner or where an application is made pursuant to law for a permit to cremate a body of a person.

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OCME Celebrates National Forensic Science Week August 10 – 16
The NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner joins forensic science organizations across the United States in celebrating National Forensic Science Week from August 10 – 16. OCME recognizes the vital role that proper forensic science plays in the criminal justice system, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty, and salutes the dedicated professionals who provide these important services.

OCME Honored for Work in ‘Baby Hope’ Case

OCME Honored for Work in ‘Baby Hope’ Case
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) honored OCME with the award for Law Enforcement Excellence at the 2014 Hope Awards and Congressional Breakfast on May 7 in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes OCME’s persistent agency-wide efforts to help solve the cold case of “Baby Hope.” The young girl was brutally murdered in 1991 and remained unidentified until 2013, after OCME utilized new advances in technology to generate a full DNA profile and provide critical breaks in the long-running case.

Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing

Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York is the recipient of a National Institute of Justice grant for using forensic anthropology and DNA to assist in the identification of unidentified human remains and finding missing persons.
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OCME’s Forensic Sciences Training Program

OCME’s Forensic Sciences Training Program - Apply Now!
Funded by the National Institute of Justice, OCME launches courses in medicolegal death investigation. Learn more about course content, eligibility and application.
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Vital Statistics
Visit the Department of Health Web site for more information on services offered by the Bureau of Vital Statistics, including information on death certificates.
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Ready NY

Emergency Management
OCME partners with the NYC Office of Emergency Management and other City agencies to support New Yorkers in the event of an emergency.
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