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Whether you are the first responder or the lead investigator, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to thoroughly and professionally investigate any possible homicide situation.

We will show you the various types of homicides that you may encounter and common approaches to each. You will learn a systematic process for handling the crime scene, from the initial approach through scene documentation and evidence collection. And, you’ll see how the latest technology and forensic sciences can assist you in your investigation.

Beyond the crime scene, you’ll also learn about criminal profiling, interrogation techniques and how to handle the news media’s involvement.

Topics Include

  • Death scene preservation
  • Duties of the first officer on the scene
  • Investigative procedures at the death scene
  • Team approach to death investigations
  • Autoerotic death investigations
  • Causes and manner of death
  • Time of death determination
  • Criminal personality profiling
  • Organized vs. disorganized crime scenes
  • Death scene search techniques
  • Handling the news media in death investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Homicide interrogation techniques

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1/30/2023
-2/3/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


As investigators, we are taught how to document and collect footwear and tire tread impressions at crime scenes but we are not taught how those techniques affect the comparison results. That is where this class is different than your typical basic footwear and tire tread documentation and collection class. This class will teach the proper skills needed and explain how improper techniques will hinder the comparison results.
 
This comprehensive 3-day course is designed to give investigators the knowledge and skills needed to properly document, collect and preserve 3D and 2D footwear and tire tread impressions to ensure the best results from the comparison examination. It is intended for new and experienced crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers. This course is a combination of lectures and hands on activities that will cover basic detection, collection and preservation techniques along with tips and tricks for difficult latent impressions that are often found on crime scenes. The hands-on activities will cover a variety of scene scenarios and enhancement processes that can be used on scenes and in the lab. This course will also discuss the importance of proper detection, collection and preservation techniques and how each will affect the comparison examination if not done correctly.

COURSE TOPICS:
  • History of Footwear Impressions
  • Types of Impressions
  • Scene Documentation
  • Photography of 3D and 2D Impressions
  • Secondary Recovery of 3D and 2D Impressions
  • Chemical Enhancement
  • Other Information from Tire Track Evidence
  • Other Information from Footwear Impressions
  • Importance of Proper Techniques
  • Information Needed for Examiner

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for Crime Scene Investigators or Analysts with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the Crime Scene Investigator or Analyst can easily understand.

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS?
 
Casual attire is suitable and a laptop computer would be highly recommended. Please bring a digital camera with external flash, shutter remote, tripod and polarizing filter. If available, please bring an electrostatic dust lifter with mylar film.

 

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1/30/2023
-2/1/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmCrystal Merrell


Proving suicide can be a daunting task for the investigator due to factors such as family denials, scene interference, insurance issues, and the basic stigma surrounding an intentional self-inflicted death. This course is specifically designed to help you overcome these difficulties by providing you with the skills necessary to thoroughly and properly investigate the death and to recognize and document all indicators of suicide. Your thorough investigation can be the sole basis for a Medical Examiner/Coroner to rule the manner-of-death as suicide.

The reasons one decides to take his or her own life can be psychological, biological, social or a combination of the three. We will explore each of these reasons in-depth. We will also cover the physical possibility of suicide – i.e. could the deceased have physically killed themselves, the most common methods employed, and the development of intent.

Classroom lectures and “case analysis” exercises will be used to teach you the proper steps to take when investigating suspected suicides. You will also be given a number of recommendations for dealing with the family of the victim of suicide.

Topics Include

  • Reasons for family denial of suicide
  • Dealing with the family of the decedent
  • Determining the physical possibility of suicide
  • Developing and detailing all indications of intent on the part of the decedent
  • Developing motive
  • The most common methods of suicide
  • Importance of determining the body position when a firearm is utilized
  • Differentiating between an intentional hanging and an autoerotic death
  • Reasons why a person may commit suicide
  • The biological, psychological and sociological perspectives of suicide

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2/7/2023
-2/8/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


This 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.

Topics Include

  • Crime scene analysis
  • Overview of bloodstain principles
  • Recognition of bloodstain patterns
  • Presumptive tests for blood
  • Blood chemical enhancement techniques
  • Photography documentation

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2/13/2023
-2/14/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer



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2/14/2023
-2/17/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmTRITECH FORENSICS


From the time evidence is collected, through the presentation of evidence in the courtroom, to the final disposition and disposal, this course will provide you with all the information you need to maintain the security and integrity of your department's property and evidence. You will learn how to properly document, inventory, control, dispose of and purge property and evidence of all types.

Lectures will focus on the physical security of the property/evidence room as well as the legal issues pertaining to the operation of such facilities. OSHA requirements and regulations will be discussed and storage solutions for the evidence room will be explored. You will learn about the special considerations surrounding hazardous, bio-hazardous, and other special risk items as well as preferred procedures for packaging the evidence for storage and submission for testing.

Topics Include

  • Physical security of property and evidence rooms
  • Policies and procedures relating to the evidence function
  • Legal issues pertaining to the operation of evidence facilities
  • Evidence packaging for storage and submission for testing
  • Evidence integrity
  • Computerization of property and evidence rooms
  • Narcotics destruction - burn procedures and certification
  • Bio-hazardous evidence storage and destruction
  • OSHA requirements and regulations
  • Personal safety issues
  • Storage solutions

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2/16/2023
-2/17/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


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.

Topics Include

  • Discussion of specific evidence-related scenes ranging from simple property crimes to crimes against persons
  • Photography procedures for scene documentation
  • DNA and where to find it and collect it
  • Latent print development techniques
  • Alternative light sources – processing scenes and related evidence with light energy
  • Casting - tire and shoe patterns, etc.
  • Bloodstain documentation and chemical enhancement
  • Courtroom testimony involving all evidence discussed throughout the course

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2/22/2023
-2/24/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


This course contains frequent LIVE-FIRE components! You will see how the evidence at shooting scenes is generated.

•Practical, hands on trajectory measurement techniques, and a comparison of known impact angles to measured angles in walls,cars, other objects and materials
•Training in correct usage of trajectory analysis equipment(rods, lasers, protractors, 3D laser scanners, and more)
•A thorough review of small arms ammunition and projectile design characteristics critical to shooting reconstruction
•Examination of shooting reconstruction as a well-founded aspect of forensic science
•Review of common questions and issues in shooting incidents (case illustrations)
Instruction in shooting incident investigation and reconstruction procedures, as well as basic crime scene procedures
•Case investigation approach and philosophy
•Cover the properties of specific terminal ballistic events (shot sequence, direction of fire, etc.)
•Examination of projectile penetration, perforation, and deflection characteristics of: sheet metal, glass, wall materials, wood,tires, and more!
•A complete review of fundamental exterior and terminal ballistic properties of projectiles
•Laboratory examination aspects of recovered bullets from a reconstructive standpoint - the Locardian Principle and trace evidence considerations
•Chemical tests to determine whether a suspected impact site is,or is not bullet/pellet created
•Cartridge case ejection patterns
•Shotgun ballistics and pellet pattern analysis
•Introduction to 3D Laser Scanning for crime scene documentation and trajectory analysis
•Written test final...
•Test your knowledge, prove what have you learned…



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2/27/2023
-3/3/2023
8:00am to 4:00pmNeil Zielinski


2nd Annual Response and Recovery to Critical Incidents in Florida

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2/28/20238:00am to 5:00pmSharon Plotkin


This 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).

Topics Include

  • Three primary camera shooting modes
  • Exposure triangle
  • 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

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3/1/2023
-3/3/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


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 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. 


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3/6/2023
-3/10/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmGap Science


Instructor: Sharon Plotkin, MS, CCSI

March 6 - 10, 2023

Tuition: $585 | Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Location:
Plantation Police Department
451 NW 70th Terrace | Plantation, FL 33317

Lodging Information:
Residence Inn by Marriott – Plantation
130 N University Drive | Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 723-0300

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3/6/2023
-3/10/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmPhil Sanfilippo


This unique hands-on training is recommended for Law Enforcement Investigators, CSI's and Animal Control Officers.  It is approved for 14 hours of CEUs for NACA and 14 recertification hours for IAI.  The training will cover:

  • Animal Cruelty and the Link to Other Collateral Crime
  • Handling Animal Crimes, What’s Different and What’s the Same
  • Florida Animal Cruelty Laws and Disposition
  • Types of Animal Cruelty and Key Indicators of Animal Crime
  • 4th Amendment and Drafting Search Warrants
  • Animal Fighting
  • The Veterinarian’s Role in Successful Case Outcomes
  • Specific Considerations in Crime Scene Documentation and the Analysis of Forensic Evidence
  • Animals as Evidence: Documentation and Removal of Live Animal Evidence
  • Participation in mock animal crime scene documentation and processing, and other hands-on exercises

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3/7/2023
-3/8/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmRachel Touroo


Designed for experienced investigators and crime scene technicians, this advanced course teaches the use of scientific methods, evidence analysis and deductive reasoning in determining the series of events in a crime and accurately reconstructing the resulting crime scene.

We will show you time proven techniques and the procedures to follow in reconstructing a variety of different incidents within a scene, from the identification and analysis of the evidence to the documentation and presentation of your findings.

As part of the course, you will participate in practical exercises designed to strengthen your knowledge in areas such as bloodstain pattern analysis, pattern evidence and gunshot trajectory reconstruction. You will participate in useful testing and experimentation involving evidence, to include a live fire shooting of a vehicle at the range. In addition, you will learn how to determine the degree of certainty in your findings.

To successfully complete the course, you will work with several actual case studies, completing the reconstruction of the crime scenes and presenting your findings to the class.

Topics Include

  • Sources of information and evidence
  • Dynamics of the reconstruction process
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis
  • The reconstruction model
  • Pattern evidence and analysis
  • Trajectory reconstruction
  • Courtroom testimony and Daubert hearing preparation
  • Reconstruction procedures

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3/20/2023
-3/24/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


Whether you are the first responder or the lead investigator, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to thoroughly and professionally investigate any possible homicide situation.

We will show you the various types of homicides that you may encounter and common approaches to each. You will learn a systematic process for handling the crime scene, from the initial approach through scene documentation and evidence collection. And, you’ll see how the latest technology and forensic sciences can assist you in your investigation.

Beyond the crime scene, you’ll also learn about criminal profiling, interrogation techniques and how to handle the news media’s involvement.

Topics Include

  • Death scene preservation
  • Duties of the first officer on the scene
  • Investigative procedures at the death scene
  • Team approach to death investigations
  • Autoerotic death investigations
  • Causes and manner of death
  • Time of death determination
  • Criminal personality profiling
  • Organized vs. disorganized crime scenes
  • Death scene search techniques
  • Handling the news media in death investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Homicide interrogation techniques

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3/20/2023
-3/24/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


Instructor: Lawrence Stringham

April 3 - 6, 2023
8 am - 5 pm

Tuition:
$589

Course Location:
Plantation Police Department
451 NW 70th Terrace | Plantation, FL 33317

Lodging Information:
Residence Inn by Marriott – Plantation
130 N University Drive | Plantation, FL 33324
(954) 723-0300

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4/3/2023
-4/6/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmPhil Sanfilippo


Bloodstain pattern interpretation can play an important role in determining what happened at a crime scene. This intensive “hands-on” course will arm you with the skills to identify, analyze, document, and collect bloodstained evidence.

Through a variety of practical exercises, we will teach you how a bloodstain pattern is created and the physical mechanics involved. You will learn the various types of patterns that may be encountered and methods for determining their directionality and angles of impact on different surface textures. Together with an analysis of the evidence, you will see how to separate the patterns into events and determine the probable sequence in which they occurred.

We will also discuss the proper methods of photographing and documenting bloodstain patterns along with the proper handling and packaging of bloodstained evidence.

Topics Include

  • Origin of bloodstain patterns
  • Identification of stains and patterns
  • Collection and preservation of bloodstain evidence
  • Photography and documentation techniques
  • Interpretation of bloodstain patterns
  • Pattern analysis in scene reconstruction
  • Case preparation and presentation

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4/17/2023
-4/21/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


THIS PRESENTATION WILL COVER THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE STAFF, INCLUDING; THE MEDICAL EXAMINER,CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER, ASSOCIATE MEDICAL EXAMINERS, MEDICOLEGALINVESTIGATORS, FORENSIC TECHNICIANS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF. FURTHER DISCUSSION WILL PROVIDE CONTEXT ON HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES CAN ASSIST THEIR MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE ONC ASES AND WHAT RESOURCES THE MEDICAL EXAMINER’S OFFICE CAN PROVIDE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

RSVP – Please copy the link into the browser and register:
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4/21/20239:00am to 12:00pmLacey Oden


During this course you will become familiar with the background and procedures used in forensic archeology. You will learn specific techniques to be used in the search, excavation and recovery of skeletonized human remains and associated evidence. The techniques employed to document the evidence found at the crime scene will be examined in detail.

Exercises involving the search and recovery of surface skeletons will provide you with hands-on experience as you employ the excavation techniques taught in class to locate and unearth mock graves.

Topics Include

  • Search techniques in locating clandestine graves and surface skeletons
  • Collection, packaging and transportation of skeletal material and physical evidence
  • Documentation through photography and sketching
  • Search, recovery and excavation of mock burials and surface skeletons through field exercises

 


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5/1/2023
-5/3/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


Crime scene technicians, detectives and investigators from all levels of experience, child protection team members, state and defense attorneys and nurses will benefit from this training as we cover the topic of child and infant death investigations.

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5/3/2023
-5/5/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmCrystal Merrell


Hands on and lecture format

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5/9/20238:00am to 5:00pmCrime Scene Manager Candace Matthews


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.

Fee: $695

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5/15/2023
-5/19/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmForensic Pieces


Whether you are the first responder or the lead investigator, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to thoroughly and professionally investigate any possible homicide situation.

We will show you the various types of homicides that you may encounter and common approaches to each. You will learn a systematic process for handling the crime scene, from the initial approach through scene documentation and evidence collection. And, you’ll see how the latest technology and forensic sciences can assist you in your investigation.

Beyond the crime scene, you’ll also learn about criminal profiling, interrogation techniques and how to handle the news media’s involvement.

Topics Include

  • Death scene preservation
  • Duties of the first officer on the scene
  • Investigative procedures at the death scene
  • Team approach to death investigations
  • Autoerotic death investigations
  • Causes and manner of death
  • Time of death determination
  • Criminal personality profiling
  • Organized vs. disorganized crime scenes
  • Death scene search techniques
  • Handling the news media in death investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Homicide interrogation techniques

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6/12/2023
-6/16/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


To successfully solve violent, sexually motivated crimes, you need to be aware of the criminal personality you are confronting. You also need to be aware of the special investigative skills that are needed to manage and investigate these cases, as well as the proper evidence needed for prosecution.

This course will cover basic and advanced investigative concepts and provide you with the knowledge and skills of an effective sex crime investigator. Students will engage in an in-depth study of the lust murderer, the pedophile, the child molester and the rapist. We will also explore the psychology of the sex offender, as well as the victim, and explain the role physical evidence and the medical examiner’s findings play in the successful investigation and prosecution of these cases.

As these cases are often sensitive in nature, you’ll also learn the principles of victimology in sexual assaults and how to best deal with the victims’ psychological problems. We’ll examine the latest proven techniques for interviewing both adult and child victims suffering the after effects of such a traumatic experience.

Topics Include

  • Overview of sexually motivated crimes
  • The pedophile vs. the child molester
  • The criminal mind and abnormal psychology
  • Paraphilia and erotosexual dysfunction
  • Exploitation of children, child pornography and sex rings
  • Behavioral and personality traits of rapists
  • Physical evidence in sex crimes
  • Serial and lust murders
  • Autoerotic and equivocal death investigations
  • Crime scene profiling

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7/17/2023
-7/21/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


This course will teach you how to photographically document visually observable evidence when conditions or situations are less than ideal.

We will show you how to use advanced lighting techniques such as existing light, spot lights, bench top lighting, umbrella lighting and forensic light source systems to record your evidence. The various macro/close-up settings of your camera will be used to give you hands-on practice in photographing footwear, bullet holes, projectiles, shell casings and laser trajectory as well as fingerprint evidence in both daylight and nighttime conditions.

You will employ alternate light sources to photograph luminescent fingerprints and other chemically developed fluorescent evidence and you will be given the opportunity to record the luminol reaction with existing light photography. Specialized lighting techniques for documenting difficult to record physical evidence such as glass and other highly reflective surfaces will be discussed as practiced.

The photographs you take during the course will be reviewed by the instructor who will aid you in reconciling any challenges you encountered.

Topics Include

  • Fundamentals of applied photography
  • Specialized evidence photography techniques
  • Luminescent photography
  • Alternative light sources
  • Painting with light
  • Recording the trajectory of projectiles

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7/24/2023
-7/28/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


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.

Fee: $465

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8/7/2023
-8/11/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmForensic Pieces


This 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.

Topics Include

  • Crime scene analysis
  • Overview of bloodstain principles
  • Recognition of bloodstain patterns
  • Presumptive tests for blood
  • Blood chemical enhancement techniques
  • Photography documentation

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8/14/2023
-8/15/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


Whether you are the first responder or the lead investigator, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to thoroughly and professionally investigate any possible homicide situation.

We will show you the various types of homicides that you may encounter and common approaches to each. You will learn a systematic process for handling the crime scene, from the initial approach through scene documentation and evidence collection. And, you’ll see how the latest technology and forensic sciences can assist you in your investigation.

Beyond the crime scene, you’ll also learn about criminal profiling, interrogation techniques and how to handle the news media’s involvement.

Topics Include

  • Death scene preservation
  • Duties of the first officer on the scene
  • Investigative procedures at the death scene
  • Team approach to death investigations
  • Autoerotic death investigations
  • Causes and manner of death
  • Time of death determination
  • Criminal personality profiling
  • Organized vs. disorganized crime scenes
  • Death scene search techniques
  • Handling the news media in death investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Homicide interrogation techniques

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8/21/2023
-8/25/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


From the time evidence is collected, through the presentation of evidence in the courtroom, to the final disposition and disposal, this course will provide you with all the information you need to maintain the security and integrity of your department's property and evidence. You will learn how to properly document, inventory, control, dispose of and purge property and evidence of all types.

Lectures will focus on the physical security of the property/evidence room as well as the legal issues pertaining to the operation of such facilities. OSHA requirements and regulations will be discussed and storage solutions for the evidence room will be explored. You will learn about the special considerations surrounding hazardous, bio-hazardous, and other special risk items as well as preferred procedures for packaging the evidence for storage and submission for testing.

Topics Include

  • Physical security of property and evidence rooms
  • Policies and procedures relating to the evidence function
  • Legal issues pertaining to the operation of evidence facilities
  • Evidence packaging for storage and submission for testing
  • Evidence integrity
  • Computerization of property and evidence rooms
  • Narcotics destruction - burn procedures and certification
  • Bio-hazardous evidence storage and destruction
  • OSHA requirements and regulations
  • Personal safety issues
  • Storage solutions

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9/21/2023
-9/22/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


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.

Topics Include

  • Pattern identification
  • Case studies
  • Preparing experiments for confirmation of findings
  • Preparing exhibits for the courtroom
  • Moot courtroom testimony

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9/25/2023
-9/27/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


Proving suicide can be a daunting task for the investigator due to factors such as family denials, scene interference, insurance issues, and the basic stigma surrounding an intentional self-inflicted death. This course is specifically designed to help you overcome these difficulties by providing you with the skills necessary to thoroughly and properly investigate the death and to recognize and document all indicators of suicide. Your thorough investigation can be the sole basis for a Medical Examiner/Coroner to rule the manner-of-death as suicide.

The reasons one decides to take his or her own life can be psychological, biological, social or a combination of the three. We will explore each of these reasons in-depth. We will also cover the physical possibility of suicide – i.e. could the deceased have physically killed themselves, the most common methods employed, and the development of intent.

Classroom lectures and “case analysis” exercises will be used to teach you the proper steps to take when investigating suspected suicides. You will also be given a number of recommendations for dealing with the family of the victim of suicide.

Topics Include

  • Reasons for family denial of suicide
  • Dealing with the family of the decedent
  • Determining the physical possibility of suicide
  • Developing and detailing all indications of intent on the part of the decedent
  • Developing motive
  • The most common methods of suicide
  • Importance of determining the body position when a firearm is utilized
  • Differentiating between an intentional hanging and an autoerotic death
  • Reasons why a person may commit suicide
  • The biological, psychological and sociological perspectives of suicide

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10/10/2023
-10/11/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


This 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.

Topics Include

  • Crime scene analysis
  • Solvability factors
  • Recognition of physical evidence
  • Search warrant concerns
  • Crime scene sketches
  • Locating and preserving latent prints
  • Casting techniques - shoe wear and tire impressions
  • Photography documentation
  • Introduction to interviews and interrogations
  • Case reporting
  • Sources of intelligence
  • Court preparation

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10/23/2023
-10/27/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


This 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).

Topics Include

  • Three primary camera shooting modes
  • Exposure triangle
  • 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

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11/6/2023
-11/8/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


During this course you will become familiar with the background and procedures used in forensic archeology. You will learn specific techniques to be used in the search, excavation and recovery of skeletonized human remains and associated evidence. The techniques employed to document the evidence found at the crime scene will be examined in detail.

Exercises involving the search and recovery of surface skeletons will provide you with hands-on experience as you employ the excavation techniques taught in class to locate and unearth mock graves.

Topics Include

  • Search techniques in locating clandestine graves and surface skeletons
  • Collection, packaging and transportation of skeletal material and physical evidence
  • Documentation through photography and sketching
  • Search, recovery and excavation of mock burials and surface skeletons through field exercises

 


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11/13/2023
-11/15/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


Whether you are the first responder or the lead investigator, this course will give you the knowledge and skills to thoroughly and professionally investigate any possible homicide situation.

We will show you the various types of homicides that you may encounter and common approaches to each. You will learn a systematic process for handling the crime scene, from the initial approach through scene documentation and evidence collection. And, you’ll see how the latest technology and forensic sciences can assist you in your investigation.

Beyond the crime scene, you’ll also learn about criminal profiling, interrogation techniques and how to handle the news media’s involvement.

Topics Include

  • Death scene preservation
  • Duties of the first officer on the scene
  • Investigative procedures at the death scene
  • Team approach to death investigations
  • Autoerotic death investigations
  • Causes and manner of death
  • Time of death determination
  • Criminal personality profiling
  • Organized vs. disorganized crime scenes
  • Death scene search techniques
  • Handling the news media in death investigations
  • Suicide investigations
  • Homicide interrogation techniques

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11/27/2023
-12/1/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


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.

Topics Include

  • Discussion of specific evidence-related scenes ranging from simple property crimes to crimes against persons
  • Photography procedures for scene documentation
  • DNA and where to find it and collect it
  • Latent print development techniques
  • Alternative light sources – processing scenes and related evidence with light energy
  • Casting - tire and shoe patterns, etc.
  • Bloodstain documentation and chemical enhancement
  • Courtroom testimony involving all evidence discussed throughout the course

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12/6/2023
-12/8/2023
8:00am to 5:00pmMary Ankenbauer


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