Police expect medical examiner agreement to be more streamlined process


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - One week ago the Oneida and Onondaga County Executives signed an agreement which allows Oneida County to contract with its neighbor for medical examiner services, a move that officially ending the old, elected coroner system in Oneida County.

The City of Rome has already had to use the new system for an unattended death. It turned out to be natural causes, with no foul play and therefore, no autopsy or medical examiner's office death investigation. As an unattended death, though, it did require a call to the medical examiner's office. It's a different process for the police making those calls.

"I think it's more of a learning curve for the detectives and the investigators and forensics, just going through the motions and learning the new contacts and new procedures that are in place," said Detective Commander Tim Bates of the Rome Police Department. "All in all, it went pretty smooth."

Detective Bates expects the new medical examiner system will provide a more streamlined way of conducting death investigations.

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