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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the Medical Examiner, State of Utah is to provide the highest level of service possible to the people of Utah in the investigation and documentation of sudden deaths.

The mission will be carried out through the following activities:

  1. In cooperation with other agencies, provide investigative services to document the circumstances, evidence and contributing factors associated with cases under Medical Examiner jurisdiction.  Provide forensic science expertise to any agency or requestor to the fullest extent possible.
  2. Provide for the proper identification and examination of cases referred to the O.M.E. and the documentation and certification of all conditions that are found.  Assure that all findings are accurately recorded through reports and photographs and that all information is kept confidential.  Assure that all information is provided to any authorized requestors in a timely manner.
  3. Provide for the appropriate dissemination of information concerning all aspects of sudden and unexpected death through court testimony, educational activities, assistance in medical and epidemiologic research, and counseling of the public and families of the deceased.
  4. Provide for the efficient and responsible use of all public funds allocated to this office. 
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