This comprehensive five-day 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 learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will examine the firearm residue for estimated distance determination from the position of the shooter to the victim and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.
This new 16-hour course will provide you with in-depth instruction on the correct procedures for processing blood evidence at a crime scene or in a lab. You will gain an understanding of basic bloodstain patterns encountered at crime scenes, how to properly document those patterns, and how to utilize various chemical enhancement techniques. You will learn methods to evaluate a crime scene to determine the type of crime that has been committed and the physical parameters of the area of involvement. We will show you how to properly locate, document, collect, and preserve the physical evidence at the scene. You will also be introduced to networks and databases that can assist you in the investigative process.
Exercises will reinforce the classroom discussions to enhance your understanding of the basic principles of bloodstain pattern analysis, enhancement techniques, including chemical and alternate light sources, and proper documentation and collection.
Crime scene analysis
Overview of bloodstain principles
Recognition of bloodstain patterns
Presumptive tests for blood
Blood chemical enhancement techniques
This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved. more info...
The Property and Evidence Management course is intended to provide the student an understanding of today’s property and evidence world with the view from the supervisor. Within the three days of this course of instruction, several topics will be covered from training and FTO programs to management quality control. This class will stress and instruct high responsibility issues that are found in the field of property and evidence to include:
• Safety and Security
• Training and FTO programs
• Scheduling hours and job descriptions
• Audits/Inspections and Spot checks
These topics can be very difficult to achieve and are normally checked by accreditation services, but are normally neglected within property and evidence training. An open time will be given during the class so that attendees can compare procedures and policies as they refer to best practices. A special block of instruction will also be given in liability subjects to include:
• Money and high dollar items
Finally, newer technologies will be covered and discussed in depth so that the student can understand the relationship of these technologies and their place within the property and evidence unit. Technologies discussed include hand held scanners and scan guns, bar code labeling and storage software, and understanding how the receipt and disposition of evidence is critical to a supervisor in charge. more info...
Evidence destruction rules and regulations have you confused or give your team unnecessary headaches?
Evidence Destruction 101 will bring the property and evidence room back to basics. This webinar is specifically designed for those new to the property and evidence room and those needing guidance in acceptable practices in regards to evidence destruction. We will take the 5W1H approach to evidence destruction and cover topics such as:
WHO holds the deciding factor on destruction and the importance of case reviews
WHAT destruction looks like for evidence, safekeeping, and found property items
WHERE destruction takes place and what that looks like for high liability items
WHEN can destruction actually happen and how often should it occur
WHY oh why is the property and evidence room always at capacity and how do we plan to remedy that
HOW to properly destroy items with safety and accountability in mind
This 40-hour Crime Scene Photography course teaches the techniques needed to successfully document evidence and scenes in a professional manner. The course begins with instruction of basic photographic techniques such as the mechanics of exposure, depth-of-field, and motion control. Camera handling and operation are stressed in all areas to include camera controls and how they work, electronic noise causes and controls, and much more. This course also includes instruction on basic electronic flash operation and techniques. more info...
This advanced course will take you beyond the blood basics and increase your knowledge and skills in bloodstain pattern analysis. We will also take an in-depth look at the judicial process for becoming qualified to give effective witness testimony. Hands-on experience with actual bloodstain patterns and advanced chemical processing techniques will help strengthen your recognition and analytical abilities and enhance your knowledge of various applications.
We will analyze case studies to teach you how to prepare and document your findings and a moot court exercise will give you an opportunity to testify about your conclusions. We will also examine the Daubert Decision and other expert witness issues that may impact your testimony. This course will help law enforcement and civilian investigators present their opinions involving bloodstain patterns in a courtroom setting with confidence, while meeting the minimal requirements for expert testimony.
This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.
This 5-day, 40-hour course provides in depth information on
what friction ridge skin is, the history of discoveries made in the comparison of friction ridge skin, comparison methodologies, beginner and intermediate comparison concepts, and important terminology used in the ridgeology science. This course also discusses court testimony on latent print comparisons, early and famous court cases involving latent print examinations, along with practical exercises designed to reinforce the material and techniques presented. The exercises build the beginner examiner’s skills and reinforce the intermediate examiner’s skills through the course from looking for differences and tenprint comparisons to basic comparison techniques for latent finger and palm prints as well as orientation of friction ridge detail and enhancing difficult prints. This class is ideal for beginner tenprint and latent print examiners who are just starting out in the field or those examiners who want a refresher on the basics and some intermediate level comparisons. This course will provide the student with knowledge of the history behind the ridgeology science and a good introduction to comparing friction ridge skin. Lectures combined with a wide range of practical exercises designed to provide knowledge of the fundamentals supporting ridgeology science, basic to intermediate comparison techniques, and court testimony will be presented throughout this course.
This course has been approved for 40 hours of training credit towards certification/recertification by the IAI Latent Print Certification Board and the Tenprint Fingerprint Certification Board. more info...
A comprehensive workshop, consisting of lectures and hands-on sessions designed for those in the forensic and law enforcement fields. Participants will learn to: properly photograph an autopsy and related gross specimens, photograph a crime scene properly, apply basic lighting and exposure techniques, use close-up photography as a tool, record images too fast for the human eye in the High-Speed photography Gun range, and utilize full spectrum photography techniques to record evidence normally invisible to the eye. Participants will learn how to choose and maintain equipment that is best suited for their needs. Each day will consist of lectures, hands-on shooting assignments followed by review of the photographs. Camera equipment will be provided for use during the workshop, although participants are encouraged to bring their own. This workshop is approved by the IAI for the photography certification and offers 35 credit hours of CEU’s from The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
Contact the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Forensic Imaging Bureau with any questions or for registration information. 305-545-2469
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