This 40-hour course will provide you with in-depth instruction of the processes and techniques that apply to all aspects of criminal investigations, from the initial response to the scene to the final courtroom presentation. You will learn methods to evaluate a crime scene and determine the type of crime that has been committed and the physical parameters of the area of involvement. We'll show you how to properly locate, document, collect and preserve the physical evidence and effective techniques for interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects. You will also learn about networks and databases that can assist you in the investigative process.
Exercises will reinforce the classroom discussions as you build a case through the use of field notes, statements, physical evidence and laboratory reports. During the course, we will teach you how to perform basic investigative duties and prepare you for future, more specialized training.
Crime scene analysis
Recognition of physical evidence
Search warrant concerns
Crime scene sketches
Locating and preserving latent prints
Casting techniques - shoe wear and tire impressions
This advanced five day, 40-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will have a brief review of basic techniques and skills that may have been acquired in other courses but will quickly expand their knowledge base and skillset with advanced techniques acquired through lecture and hands-on performance of exercises designed to test the attendees’ ability to put all the pieces together.At the conclusion of the course the attendees will have acquired the ability to be able to generate a shooting reconstruction report for the purposes of ultimately providing expert testimony.Mock scenes for this course are specifically designed to assist the attendee in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.The course will be challenging but will yield the attendee great rewards in advancing their abilities in shooting reconstruction scenes.
This 24-hour course will teach you how to effectively use your agency’s digital camera system. You will learn the proper approach to various types of law enforcement-related scenes that require photography documentation - from human injuries to outdoor nighttime crime scenes. The primary focus of this course is to equip you with the confidence to adjust the camera settings to record both the scene and all related evidence the way you observe them.
We will teach you the necessary skills to overcome the lighting challenges that crime, crash, and fire investigations create. You will be immersed in indoor, outdoor, daytime, and nighttime practical situations using your departmentally issued or personal cameras. IPTM’s instructor will work alongside you and share best practices so that you can become proficient in photographing a variety of scenes and evidence.
In addition to the practical exercises, we will emphasize court proven methods for properly recording the scene and archiving the images correctly with the suggested standards and best practices set by the Scientific Working Group on Imaging Technology (SWGIT), the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), and the Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE).
Three primary camera shooting modes
Familiarization with departmentally issued cameras
Basics of scene documentation
Footwear, tire tread, injury, and macro close-up evidence photography
Daytime/Nighttime flash photography and painting with light
Digital image archiving as related to chain of custody
This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved. more info...
This 40 hour course is designed to provide new field training officers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to train and evaluate a new forensic trainee utilizing interactive lectures and hands-on activities. Many organizations often appoint individuals as trainers for forensic field training programs with little to no preparation. Although Field Training Officer programs exist, most of the courses are loosely applicable to forensic units, and/or are restricted to sworn personnel.
This course is designed to fill the need for Field Training Officer programs tailored to the forensic disciplines. This course will help you more effectively teach complex material to trainees, properly document procedures and events, and develop a structured training program. more info...
This course will provide you with hands-on training in the latest state-of-the-art techniques for crime scene processing. Emphasis will be given to recognizing, documenting, collecting, preserving, and analyzing physical evidence. Investigators, crime scene technicians, and agency personnel who investigate crime scenes will all benefit from this course. We will pay particular attention to the interpretation of discovered evidence, its value within the scene and usefulness in solving the crime. You will participate in exercises that will give you experience in latent print development techniques, locating and collecting DNA evidence and using light energy to process a scene. You will also learn how to interpret bloodstain patterns and use chemical enhancement methods. Each of the techniques covered during the course will be accompanied by a discussion on how to explain the particular process in court. The instructor will share actual cases where techniques were successful in solving cases.
This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.
An in depth review of manual camera functions will be done as this class will be held in full manual mode. White light and ALS lab photography, persons photography, scene in low light, and other advanced concepts will be covered in depth. This course will include nighttime photography so be prepared for an adjusted schedule. more info...
Designed for Levels CCSI, CCSA, CSCSA
This course is specifically designed with the goal of enabling students to pass whichever crime scene certification level examination that they are preparing for in the near future. This is a concentrated and fast-moving review of either two or three books depending on the examination that you are testing to pass. Every book review will have pre-testing and post-testing composed of hundreds of extracted questions covering every chapter so that students will know their areas of strengths and weaknesses. Whether novice or experienced, this class is a must for maximizing the chances of successfully passing the examinations to improve your credentials and professionalism by becoming certified in the crime scene specialty. Students who attend this course will have a distinct advantage over those who have not attended this dedicated and intensive review course when it comes to testing for the IAI certification examinations. As always, the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification Board will work with the host and hosting facility to facilitate a proctor being present for the last day of class in order for the students to sit for the examination. If you wish test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: https://www.theiai.org/crime_scene.php
THIS COURSE IS A BOOK REVIEW: In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below.
Certified Crime Scene Investigator Level 1 (CCSI)
Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, and 8 thru 12)
Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, 2nd edition by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press
Certified Crime Scene Analyst Level 2 (CCSA) Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Chapters 10 thru 12)
Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 8th edition by Fisher, Barry and Fisher, David, 2012, CRC Press
Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst Level 3 (CSCSA)
Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Pages 712-735)
Effective Expert Witnessing: Practices for the 21st Century, 5th ed. By Matson, Jack V., 2013, CRC Press (All chapters EXCEPT 8 and 9)
Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, 4th edition by James, Stuart H., Nordby, Jon J., and Bell, Suzanne, 2013, CRC Press
This 40-hour course is designed to provide new field training officers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to train and evaluate a new forensic trainee utilizing interactive lectures and hands-on activities.
Many organizations often appoint individuals as trainers for forensic field training programs with little or no preparation. Although Field Training Officer programs exist, most of these courses are loosely applicable to forensic units and/or restricted to sworn personnel.
This course is designed to fill the need for Field Training Officer programs tailored to forensic disciplines. This course will help you more effectively teach complex material to trainees, properly document procedures and events, and develop a structured training program. more info...