Vendor/Supplier and Private Forensic Training

Please note that some of the training courses in this section, although not co-sponsored by the I.A.I., may have been approved by the respective I.A.I. Certification Boards for certification and re-certification. Please refer to the individual training class posting for this information or contact the course provider.

There is a $25 posting fee for each course.


Upcoming Training Academies

National Footwear & Tire Track Training Academy – Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.September 5-16, 2016 (2 weeks Footwear)
OFF (September 19-30, 2016)
October 3-14, 2016 (2 weekes Footwear)
OFF (October 17-28, 2016)
October 31-November 11, 2016 (2 weeks Tire Track)

RS&A now offers a Footwear and Tire Track Training Academy which includes 4 weeks of footwear examination training followed by 2 weeks of tire track examination training. Applicants can elect to complete the entire 6 week footwear and tire track academy or break it up and choose only the 4 weeks of footwear training or the 2 weeks of tire track training. The academy graduates of this 6 week program will learn the skills necessary to complete supervised footwear and tire track casework and will be ready to apply for a IAI Footwear Certification once time requirements have been met.

It is scheduled to begin September 5, 2016 in Hattiesburg, MS at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Only 20 academy applicants will be selected to attend.

The entire 6 week footwear and tire track academy the cost is set at $11,250.00.

The 4 week footwear only academy is set at $7,500.00.

The 2 week tire track only academy is $3,750.00.

Cost includes academy instruction, room and board, and 3 meals per day according to training selection.

Click here for complete details and to apply for admission today.


National Latent Print Examiner Training Academy – Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.APPLY NOW!
2nd Session — October 3, 2016 - March 3, 2017


BUDGET PLANNING REQUIRED?
3rd Session — October 2, 2017 - March 2, 2018


RS&A now offers an intense 20 week training program designed to provide agencies with a Latent Print Examiner who is trained to competency. This academy, with 800 hours of formal training, will produce graduates that are capable of performing "supervised case work" and once time requirements are met, be ready to apply for IAI Latent Print Certification.

2nd Session is scheduled to begin October 3, 2016 Hattiesburg, MS at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Only 25 academy applicants will be selected to attend so apply today!

The total cost for this program including academy tuition, 20 weeks room and board, and 3 meals per day is $27,500.00.

Click here for complete details, photos, and the admission application.


Formal Footwear Training Program – Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Forensic PiecesFive Week/Five Month Formal Footwear Training Program
October 17-21, 2016
November 28-December 2, 2016
January 9-13, 2017
February 13-17, 2017
March 20-24, 2017

This training program was designed to lead a cohort group of entry level footwear examiner trainees through sequential course offerings in preparation for working and handling footwear examinations and comparisons. Also it will prepare attendees for the International Association for Identification footwear certification examination. This Formal Footwear Training Program consists of five in-depth courses which may include an outsole manufacturing tour (if possible-based on location). Completion of online course work, assessments, and practical exercises will be required in between onsite course trainings. This program is based on five weeks of face-to-face training over a period of five months, accumulating in roughly 500 hours of total course work. These courses were modeled after the same courses Dwane Hilderbrand taught for the National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) in Clearwater, FL, Durham Police Department in Durham, NC and St. Paul Police department in St. Paul, MN. This informative and involved program meets the necessary training requirements for the instruction and lecture portion of certification, however for complete certification, a minimum of a three year time requirement is necessary.

It is highly recommended that a person complete at a 4-6 month full-time training program under footwear examination and comparison.

Course Topics

  • Photography-Digital Imaging
  • Lifting
  • Casting
  • History of shoes
  • Anatomy of the Human foot
  • Manufacturing
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Test Exemplars
  • Case Notes Preparation
  • Decision making
  • ACE-V for Footwear
  • Arriving at final Conclusions
  • Report Writing
  • Legal Considerations
  • Daubert Courtroom Testimony
  • Mock Trials
  • Casework

Location:
Indian River Sheriff's Office
3885 41st St.
Vero Beach, FL 32960

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Ron Smith & Associates National Forensic Quality Manager Training Academy

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.March 20 - 31, 2017 in Pearl, MS

It is truly amazing that, until now, there has never been a national training academy specifically designed for Quality Managers. Forensic Quality Managers have been expected to learn from "on the job" training that they may receive from a variety of sources, but none of this training has been consistent in the industry. Organizations like the Association of Forensic Quality Assurance Managers have been huge in taking up the mantle of providing various workshops and classes, but it was never intended to take the place of a complete training program. With forensics being under such intense scrutiny these days, agencies who perform forensic analysis must ensure that their work is performed under the guiding principles and standards which are now becoming more clearly defined each day. We, in the forensic industry, have not embraced Quality Management training as aggressively as we should.

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc. is known as one of the premier forensic training companies in the world. Our teams of subject matter experts and support staff have successfully designed and offered hundreds upon hundreds of highly sought after training opportunities all across the United States and abroad. RS&A is now ready to take on the challenge of building a National Forensic Quality Manager Training Academy which will soon become the cornerstone of forensic training in this very critical area.

Academy tuition is $2,500.00 with only 25 seats available.

Click here for complete academy details and to complete an academy application today!.


Ongoing Online Courses

NFSTC Online Course: Digital Crime Scene Photography

NEW! NFSTC's newly expanded Digital Crime Scene Photography course is available online to help you get the critical knowledge and skills you need to capture fair and accurate photographic documentation of any scene. This 6-hour course covers everything from digital camera basics and lighting strategies to methods used to capture images of impression evidence and bloodstains. Learn to 'paint with light' and capture a drop of water in motion through interactive challenges and exercises. There's even a camera simulation to help you practice adjusting camera settings to obtain examination-quality photographs. In addition, information about preparing for courtroom testimony rounds out the coverage that the crime scene photographer needs to know. Details here

NFSTC Online Course: Intro to Crime Scene Investigation

NFSTC's Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation online course is now available with no application required. This course, developed for new crime scene investigators and law enforcement first responders, offers a step-by-step introduction to scene processing and evidence collection. An introduction to crime scene photography is also included. Details here

NFSTC Online Course: Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation

Go beyond the basics to cover situations investigators don't see every, day including: casting footwear under water, lifting finger prints from skin, and bloodstain documentation. The course even includes do-it-yourself experiment ideas to help students or agency teams practice new skills. Details here

ForensicED.org Online Continuing Education and Training in Forensic Sciences

RTI International's Center for Forensic Sciences Continuing Education Program offers online forensic science courses in crime scene investigation, forensic anthropology, law enforcement, forensic laboratory analysis, latent prints and many more areas. For a complete list of our online courses visit our training page, www.forensiced.org where all of our online forensic science courses are listed.


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Staged Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesSeptember 26 - 28, 2016

Spokane County S.O. Regional Training Center
6011 North Chase Road
Newman Lake, WA 99025

Hosted by Spokane County Sheriff's Office Regional Trainging Center

Any deliberate effort made by an offender before police arrive to alter the pristine condition of a crime scene to purposely thwart the investigation and frustrate the overall criminal justice process is the essence of crime scene staging. Crime scene staging could be increasing due to public fascination with crime scene related media, enhanced awareness of forensic science application, and/or offenders' belief in their understanding of how crime scenes should look. This comprehensive, 24-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts, and other forensic professionals involved in crime scene examination related work. This course explores what is known about crime scene staging and instructs students on how to use a new methodology for the early detection and analysis of potentially stated crime scenes. This course also integrates critical documentation techniques used to create a permanent record of bloodstain pattern evidence and/or firearms-related incident evidence for the purpose of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary crime scene reconstruction towards supporting or refuting claims made by a would-be crime scene stager.

Course Topics

  • Equivocal Death Investigations
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Incidental Altercation In Scenes
  • Types of Crime Scene Staging
  • Primary Scenes
  • Secondary vs Tertiary Scenes
  • Red Flag Indicators
  • Note Taking, Report Writing
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Other Evidence to be Aware of and Collected
  • Profiling the Stager
  • Case Examples of Staged Scenes for Problem Solving

Who Should Attend?

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for patrol officers, investigators, detectives and crime scene personnel with or without experience.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Deputy Jeremy Jeske
(509) 477-3211 or scsotraining@spokanesheriff.org

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The Medicolegal Investigation of Death for Law Enforcement & Death Investigators

Maples Center for Forensic MedicineSouthern Institute of Forensic ScienceSeptember 26 - 28, 2016

The Sirata
5300 Gulf Blvd.
St. Pete Beach, FL

Sponsored by The University of Florida's William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine &
Southern Institute of Forensic Science

This workshop is designed for Medicolegal Death Investigators, Law Enforcement, and Interning Medical Examiners. Presentations will include Blunt and Sharp Force Trauma; Gunshot Wounds; Forensic Toxicology in Death Investigation; Motor Vehicle Deaths; Child Abuse and Death in Children; Postmortem Changes and the Determination of Time of Death; Fire and Electrical Related Deaths; Sex and Asphyxial Deaths; Cardiac and Non Cardiac Unexplained Deaths; Forensic Anthropology, Odontology, and Entomology; and Investigation of the Death Scene. Case presentations for each topic will be shown.

Contact Information

Dr. Jason Byrd, Forensic Entomologist and Associated Director
William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Phone: (352) 294-4091
E-mail: jhbyrd@ufl.edu

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Advanced Photography

CSI Academy of FloridaSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

In this advanced course, students will be introduced to complex photography skills including nighttime photography, laser trajectory documentation in daylight and darkness, UV/IR photography, alternate light source, macro-photography of trace evidence, oblique lighting skills, painting with light, and multiple off-camera flash use. Each student is encouraged to bring their own camera and equipment kit to use. Nikon D80 and Canon 20D camera kits will be available to students who may need them for the duration of the course. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $625.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction 1 Course

Everett Baxter Jr Forensics, LLCSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

O.S.B.I. Headquarters
6600 N Harvey Pl.
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

The documentation of a shooting incident may allow for additional investigative information to be identified, such as the parameter of where the shooter and/or victim were at the time of the shooting. Students will use the techniques taught in the shooting incident documentation course to perform various exercises to collect the necessary documentation of the shooting incident, then will take this data and examine the data in an effort to reconstruct the incident.

This information, if properly documented may be used at a later date as part of a shooting incident documentation / reconstruction or complete crime scene reconstruction. A shooter may indicate they were in a particular location when they fired a shot or shots. Their information by initially indicate a self-defense or accidental situation. Simple examination of the bullet defects may seem consistent with such information; however the shooting incident reconstruction may prove differently. The students will learn the documentation required of each bullet defect within a shooting scene. The students will also be provided the scientific and mathematical tools necessary provide an analysis of the shooting incident.

Course Content

This course will begin with a review of the proper documentation of a shooting incident. The information obtained from this documentation will be utilized in the course. Students will learn the mathematical and scientific principles associated with a shooting incident. The students will spend several days working on exercises associated with the mathematics. The students will also perform live fire exercises at a pistol range. Some of these exercises are designed to validate and verify the shooting incident mathematical principles are in fact accurate. The live fire exercises will included shooting a vehicle and windshields and glass. The students will then examine and document bullet defects in the vehicle and glass.

Tuition Cost

$495.00

Course Instructor

Everett Baxter Jr. has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – EMS and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry. He has over 23 combined years in law enforcement. He is currently assigned to the Crime Scene Unit of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Mr. Baxter was previously employed with the Norman Police Department where he worked in the EMS and Patrol Divisions. Mr. Baxter has had specialized training in Crime Scene Investigations, Homicide Investigations, Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Math and Physics for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Scene Reconstruction, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Forensic Mapping, Clandestine Grace Investigation, Infrared and UV Photography, Alternate Light Source applications, Strangulation Detection with A Forensic Light Source, Footwear Impression Photography, Digital Photography of Latent Fingerprints, Cold Case Investigations. Mr. Baxter currently teaches or has taught Crime Scene Investigations, Police Photography and other CSI related classes at the college level. Mr. Baxter has presented numerous lectures and seminars at conferences, educational groups and various civic groups. Mr. Baxter has been court qualified as an Expert in Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Scene Reconstruction and 3D Sketches in both District Court and federal Court.

Mr. Baxter has written papers on the Effects of Cleaning Products on Bloodstains (co - authored), Alternate Light Source. Mr. Baxter has written the books the Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook and the Complete Crime Scene Investigation Workbook.

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Forensic Photography and IAI Forensic Photography Certification Preparation Course

September 26 - 30, 2016

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

About the Workshop

Forensic photographers at a basic level can use simple techniques and equipment to produce adequate images most of the time; certified forensic photographers must have, and use, more control so they can consistently produce exceptional images that meet the rigorous standards and technical requirements in this discipline.

This workshop is intended to provide the participant with the knowledge and methods to be exceptional in their field and to be prepared to take the written and practical exams for the IAI Forensic Photography and Certification.

Topics range from photographic fundamentals like exposure, focus, and depth-of-field to mastering macro photography, night and low light photography, and the use of forensic light sources.

Each participant will learn the following concepts, techniques, and skills Fundamentals of Photography:

  • Mastering Your Camera
  • Macro Photography Techniques
  • Photographing Latent Prints, Tool Marks, and Tire Impressions Injury Photography
  • Night Photography including Painting with Light Techniques
  • Forensic Light Source Photography

This workshop is presented as a combination of lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises.

The last two hours on Friday will be set aside for the IAI Forensic Photography Certification written test. For those who wish to take the test, you will have to apply for the certification and meet the IAI qualifications prior to the workshop. More information will be forwarded by e-mail to those who register for this workshop.

Fees and Registration

Click this link to register for this workshop. The cost of the workshop is $950 per person, with a $50 discount if you register before August 15, 2016. You can pay by credit card, PayPal, or check. Cancellations made 21 days or more prior to the workshop will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after that will be charged a $50 fee. If Imaging Forensics has to cancel the workshops, registrants will be notified 21 days prior to the workshop and will receive a full refund.

Equipment Needs

Students will need a camera with manual settings (ISO, shutter speed, aperture), and macro focusing capabilities, external flash unit, and tripod. It is also recommended to bring a laptop computer with memory card reader. A complete list of equipment will be sent to all class registrants.

Hotel Information

A list of hotels that are within 15 minutes from the training facility will be provided upon registration.

About the Instructors

Eric Johnson

D. Eric Johnson retired as a First Lieutenant from the Michigan State Police in January 2009 after more than 30 years of service. He served as a trooper, first-line supervisor, section commander, and post commander at various locations throughout the state. During his law enforcement career, Eric also owned and operated portrait studios at two locations in Michigan; he has been doing professional photography, including forensic photography, for more than 30 years.

During his tenure with the state police, Eric worked to develop photography training standards, tested cameras and accessories in order to identify equipment that best served law enforcement applications, and wrote policies regarding digital image integrity standards.

Eric owns and operates Forensic Photography Services, LLC. He has provided forensic photography instruction at the state police academy in Lansing, as well as throughout Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsula, and at various locations within the United States. Eric offers courses designed for the first responder, as well as evidence technicians and accident investigators; he has provided photography instruction to more than 1000 law enforcement officers and first responders from 229 agencies within Michigan and throughout the United States.

In addition to his instruction, he also provides forensic photography services to law firms throughout Michigan, having a client list of 74 attorney's from 46 firms in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Eric is a Certified Forensic Photographer (CFPh), a designation through the International Association for Identification (IAI), and is the current chair of the Forensic Photography Certification Board. He is also a Certified Evidence Photographer (CEP), a designation by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission, and has taught the certification course for both the Evidence Photographers International Council (EPIC) and the IAI. He is one of only 6 individuals worldwide that hold both the CFPh and CEP designations.

George Reis

George Reis is a current member and former chair of the IAI Forensic Photography Certification Board, and is certified in Forensic Photography and in Forensic Video Examination by the IAI. He is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst by the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA).

George worked as a forensic photographer, fingerprint examiner and crime scene investigator for the Newport Beach Police Department for 15 years. He now is the owner of Imaging Forensics, providing forensic photography, photographic analysis, and video analysis, as well as training in these fields. Over 4,000 individuals have taken workshops from George, including individuals from the FBI, US Secret Service, US Army Crime Lab, and hundreds of state and local agencies.

Course Contact Information

George Reis
Imaging Forensics
714-775-3120
reis@imagingforensics.com

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Crime Scene Photography

Forensic Training Source, LLCSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

Hosted by Lakewood Police Department
Sponsored by the Washington Homicide Investigators Association
9405 Lakewood Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Taught by John Williams and Kerri McClary, this outstanding photography course is applicable to forensic practitioners with all levels of experience.

This course includes:

  • Functions, controls, and menu settings of digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) cameras
  • Depth of Field and motion control
  • Close-up photography
  • Functions and controls of detachable flash units
  • Solving lighting problems using fill flash, "painting with light", and polarizing filters
  • Interior and exterior crime scene and accident scene documentation
  • Photographing latent blood reagents
  • Photographing projectile flight paths
  • Photographing victims and suspects
  • Managing digital images

Participants should bring a DSLR, a trip, a detachable flash unit, and remote shutter release. However, participants are encouraged to attend even without all of these items as extra items may be available during the training for use.

Cost

$650 ($550 each when 2 or more register from the same agency)

Online Registration available by clicking here

Download a course flyer by clicking here

Contact

Nathan Lefebvre
Owner, Forensic Training Source, LLC
CEO, Forensic Training Foundation, Inc.
678-744-9090
nathan@forensictrainingsource.com
www.forensictrainingsource.com

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

Hosted by the Gwinnett County Police Department
Presented by Forensic Training Source, LLC
854 Winder Highway
Lawrenceville, GA 30045

This is probably the course you've been hearing about. Taught by Jim Molinaro and Howard Ryan, this 40 hour Shooting Incident Reconstruction course has been delivered around the country exceeding expectations.

Topics include:

  • Shooting scene reconstruction terminology
  • Internal, external and terminal ballistics
  • Gunshot residue and range of fire determination
  • Identifying, detecting, measuring and describing bullet marks
  • Behavior of projectiles on varying target surfaces
  • Proper recording/documentation of bullet marks
  • Motor vehicles as a target surface
  • Humans as a target surface
  • Flight path reconstruction, description and documentation
  • Report writing – putting analysis and conclusions into words
  • Courtroom testimony – Explaining and describing analysis and reconstruction

Cost

$750 ($650 each when 2 or more register from the same agency)

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

Nathan Lefebvre
Owner, Forensic Training Source, LLC
CEO, Forensic Training Foundation, Inc.
678-744-9090
nathan@forensictrainingsource.com
www.forensictrainingsource.com

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Digital Evidence and the Cloud — What You Should Know

Foray TechnologiesSeptember 28, 2016

Hilton Baltimore/BWI Airport
1739 Nursery Road
Lithicum, MD 21090

10:00am – 2:00pm (lunch provided)

Mont Rothstein, Vice President of Product Development, will discuss the implications of digital evidence storage in the Cloud for Law Enforcement.

Cost

$99/first attendee, $75/each additional attendee

Download a course registration form here

For more information

Lynn Slaughter
(619)858-1360, ext. 517
lslaughter@foray.com

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Advanced Crime Scene for Law Enforcement

Forensic PiecesOctober 3 - 7, 2016

Universtiy Of North Alabama
East Campus
1640 Tune Ave
Florence, AL 35630

Hosted by Universtiy of North Alabama Public Safety Institute

This comprehensive 40 hour workshop will provide training and assistance in advanced crime scene techniques. This course was developed for detectives to advance their skills in the examination of major crime scenes. The latest research and application of new crime scene techniques will be among the topics for discussion. The course includes an overview of how to approach and examine major crime scenes, along with hands-on training and the opportunity to present the physical evidence recovered from mock scenes in a courtroom setting. All advanced instructional techniques will be illustrated with actual case scenarios. These training hours can be applied toward the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification application.

Course Topics

  • Case Management
  • Safety and Advanced Equipment For the Forensic Toolbox
  • Dust Track Evidence Recovery
  • Tool and Bite Mark Recovery
  • Alternate Light Source Applications
  • Blue-Star Forensic Blood Detection for Latent Blood
  • Latent Print Blood Enhancement
  • Autopsy Evidence
  • Bloodstain Pattern ID and Documentation
  • Gunshot Residue
  • Report Writing
  • Expert Witness Testimony

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Latricia Hensley - latriciah7@gmail.com

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Scientific Analysis (ACE-V): From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 3 - 7, 2016

Westminster Police Department
8200 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA  92683

This is the class which the forensic identification community has been pleading for a long time and one which should become mandatory training for any pattern evidence examiners who are expected to provide expert witness testimony in today's ever changing environment. It combines training in scientific analysis with the skill sets necessary to articulate your opinion while on the witness stand as an expert witness.

We all know that proper application and articulation of scientific principles to forensic evidence is a basic requirement of the modern day forensic practitioner. This five day course will explore and explain basic scientific principles as they pertain to pattern evidence comparisons, conclusions and testimony. Although the primary forensic discipline addressed will be friction ridge analysis, the majority of the instruction will be equally relevant to other pattern evidence disciplines. Practical exercises are designed to show the benefits of questioning information over accepting information as a means of improvement. For an expert witness to be able to convey the scientific reasoning behind their conclusion requires that they fully understand it themselves. Opinions without justification no longer meet the needs of the court and this course is designed to bridge the gap between what has been common practice in the past and what is now required in the post-Daubert environment. This is not a basic courtroom testimony class but should be considered required training for anyone who will be asked to offer scientific opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for all pattern evidence practitioners, especially friction ridge examiners, regardless of their level of experience. More experienced examiners will be able to learn an improved method of conveying their opinions from a more scientific perspective, while less experienced examiners will be able to develop a method of examination and testimony which will withstand the current and future challenges of our legal system as they develop. The student will be able to not only better understand the scientific principles of their forensic discipline, but they will be able to articulate those principles while offering their opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Course Contact Information

Dustin Calvin, CLPE
Johnson County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory
913-826-3240
Dustin.Calvin@jocogov.org

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Latent Print Search and Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 3 - 7, 2016

Denver Crime Laboratory
1371 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

This 40-hour intermediate-level course is designed to assist forensic science professionals who are presently comparing friction ridge evidence, yet feel they could increase their skills and knowledge through participation in a formalized course. Numerous practical exercises, supplemented by lectures and discussion are among the techniques used to enhance the students understanding of the identification methodology. From determining useful target areas, to the friction ridge characteristics used to individualize (Levels II and III), each step of this course will enable the student to effectively analyze, search, compare and evaluate developed friction ridge evidence.

The course focuses primarily on the use of several different practical exercises, each designed as a step-by-step process to increase the student's application of the identification methodology. In turn, this makes for a more efficient and accurate analyst. Additionally, this course complements the International Association for Identification's Friction Ridge Skin Identification Training Manual (supplementing the goal and objectives of the Supervised Comparison Training, Sections C, D, E, F & G).

The objective of this course is to provide each participant with an increased understanding of the friction ridge science with emphasis on locating, analyzing, searching, comparing and evaluating latent fingerprints. Phalange, crease, scar and palm print analysis and comparison will also be discussed.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Jon Stimac, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for the intermediate-level examiner/analyst; it is not designed as an introductory-level course. Examiners/analysts with some experience will benefit from both the course content and the many practical exercises that are part of this course. Attendees without any prior comparison experience or who are at a very basic-level of comparison experience should probably satisfy that level of training and experience prior to participating in this course. Students with active experience levels between six months and 20+ years have attended this course and benefited from the different difficulty levels of the exercises that are available to the participants.

Course Contact Information

Courtney Mohr
Denver Crime Laboratory
720-337-2047
courtney.mohr@denvergov.org

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCOctober 3 - 7, 2016

Hosted by the Union County Sheriff's Office
Presented by Forensic Training Source, LLC
Exact address to be announced

This is probably the course you've been hearing about. Taught by Jim Molinaro and Howard Ryan, this 40 hour Shooting Incident Reconstruction course has been delivered around the country exceeding expectations.

Topics include:

  • Shooting scene reconstruction terminology
  • Internal, external and terminal ballistics
  • Gunshot residue and range of fire determination
  • Identifying, detecting, measuring and describing bullet marks
  • Behavior of projectiles on varying target surfaces
  • Proper recording/documentation of bullet marks
  • Motor vehicles as a target surface
  • Humans as a target surface
  • Flight path reconstruction, description and documentation
  • Report writing – putting analysis and conclusions into words
  • Courtroom testimony – Explaining and describing analysis and reconstruction

Cost

$750 ($650 each when 2 or more register from the same agency)

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

Nathan Lefebvre
Owner, Forensic Training Source, LLC
CEO, Forensic Training Foundation, Inc.
678-744-9090
nathan@forensictrainingsource.com
www.forensictrainingsource.com

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Complex Latent Print Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 3 - 7, 2016

Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Assembly Room 2nd Floor
Pasadena, CA 91101

This course is designed to assist the examiner in understanding the complexity of friction ridge detail. Students will learn valuable searching smart skills that can be applied for all areas of friction ridge examination. An overview of the detail of friction ridge skin of the fingers and palms and then will progresses into the areas of tonal reversal, mirror prints, overlapping prints, distorted prints, etc. Even with the most challenging friction ridge detail, there are usually visual clues that can be used in the analysis and comparison process. Step by step instructions and practical exercises in the ACE-V Methodology will give the students more insight to assist them in properly analyzing these complex prints.

Not all friction ridge detail left behind at crimes scenes are from the hand area. Did you ever consider that it could have come from friction ridge detail found on the foot? Did you know that our feet have friction ridge detail that has unique features? A presentation will be given to discuss the unique friction ridge detail found on our feet.

Part of the scientific process is documenting the analysis based on observed "objective" data. Students will be presented the SWGFAST Documenting the ACE-V Standard and then will be given a practical exercise containing various latent prints to document their analysis.

How do Frye, Daubert and Kumho affect you? What are some of the questions you can expect at a "Daubert Hearing?" What resources do you have available to assist you in responding to a Plaza style challenge to the science of fingerprints? What is a Plaza challenge? What resources do you have available for your personal development in the science? What resources do you have at your disposal in establishing guidelines for your latent print unit? All these questions and more will be answered during this intense week of presentations, comparison exercises, conducted both individually and as a group (bring those magnifiers), and a "hands on" application of much of the material presented.

What has happened since the National Academy of Science (NAS) in their released report? We will be discussing the impact this report has had and continues to have on examiners.

Students will receive instructions on:

  • Searching Smart techniques
  • Palm Print location/orientation
  • Analyzing complex prints such as tonal reversed, image reversed, overlay, pressure distortion issues, etc.)
  • Footprint Ridge Detail
  • Daubert issues
  • SWGFAST ACE-V Methodology Standard
  • SWGFAST Documentation Standard

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Debbie Benningfield, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is primarily designed for the more experienced examiner by advancing to the comparison of more complex prints, e.g., distorted, multiple impression overlay, tonal reversed, etc. However, it still allows less experienced examiners gain valuable "time under the glass" by starting with the less difficult comparisons then proceed to the more complex prints at their own pace. Familiarity with basic fingerprint terms such as delta, core, pattern area, ridge events are important to understand prior to attending this course.

Course Contact Information

Jonathan Schmidt, Forensic Specialist
Pasadena Police Department
626-744-6673
jschmidt@cityofpasadena.net

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Courtroom Testimony

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 6 - 7, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This course will teach the basic rules of evidence for the introduction of crime scene evidence in a courtroom. Students will learn the proper foundations that are necessary to admit a piece of evidence and the required proof regarding chain of custody, how to prepare themselves to answer prosecutorial direct examination questions, and defend his/her processes during defense cross-examination. Participants will prepare documents based upon a mock crime scene and take the witness stand using learned techniques during questioning by Robert A Rush, a dual-certified criminal and civil trial attorney-- 1 of only 4 in the state of Florida. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $250.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Crime Scene Investigation

Houston Forensic Science CenterOctober 10 - 13, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
1301 Fannin St - 21st floor
Houston, TX

This class focuses on crime scene investigation, evidence collection and documentation, the key components of any criminal investigation. This course teaches students the importance of properly processing a scene and preparing cases for court. The course includes instruction on the legal considerations of a crime scene search, including approaching the scene, sketching, photographing, latent print processing, identi ication and evidence collection and preservation. It also includes instruction on the collection of DNA, digital and firearms evidence. Students who attend this course will process a mock crime scene at HFSC's Crime Scene House, providing them a unique opportunity to receive hands-on instruction and practical application of evidence collection, case review and other topics.

Price: $450.00

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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 10 - 14, 2016

Mesa Police Department-Fiesta Substation
1010 W. Grove Ave.
Mesa, AZ  85210

This 32-hour intermediate/advanced level course explores in depth and breadth the two concepts of sufficiency" and "exclusion". Examiners routinely struggle with these concepts and this course offers both theoretical and practical learning tools to better understand these concepts. The course will explore sufficiency for "value" determinations, as well as "sufficiency for conclusions". The instructors will utilize current SWGFAST standards and ISO requirements when providing guidance on these topics. Students will explore several approaches for reducing erroneous exclusion rates and guidance is provided in the course for best practices based on the current research and literature available.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

36 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA & Glenn Langenberg, Ph.D., CLPE, F-ABC

Target Audience

This course, the first of its kind in the friction ridge community, deals with the critical concepts of exclusion and sufficiency and will benefit examiners at all levels of experience and skill. However, to fully appreciate and grasp the complexity of the issues surrounding these difficult decisions - made by examiners every day - comparison experience is not only preferred but strongly recommended. Unit supervisors and quality managers are also encouraged to attend this course to gain a better understanding of the complexity of the current state of friction ridge examination.

Course Contact Information

Maureen Smith
Forensic Latent Print Examiner III, CLPE
Mesa Police Department-Forensic Services
480-644-4011
mauree.smith@mesaaz.gov

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesOctober 10 - 14, 2016

U.S. Park Police Anacostia Operations
1901 Anacostia Drive SE
Washington, DC 20020

Hosted by U.S. Park Police

This comprehensive 40-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that need the basic training and techniques for the buried body or surface skeleton crime scene examination and recovery. This course will assist you in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of crime scene reconstruction. Mock scenes for this course are designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum and correct information for the ultimate crime scene reconstruction of both surface skeleton cases and more complex buried human cases. Attendees will be assigned to a crime scene team and will be responsible for the entire scene investigation and a presentation of their findings on the final class day. The teams will be graded on the amount of physical evidence (clues) that they recover from their scenes. The attendees will have a working knowledge of the techniques required to examine a surface skeleton and a buried body crime scene to include protocols, potential physical evidence awareness, equipment needs, bone identification and inventory, preservation of human remains procedures, search and documentation techniques, and courtroom case presentation experience.

Please note that expensive composite skeletons will be buried for the mock scene sites.

Course Topics

  • Planning and management for mass grave sites
  • Scene security and search techniques
  • Excavation techniques: collection, and preservation of remains
  • Victim(s) Identification: race, stature, age, sex
  • Time of death estimation and cause of death determination
  • Crime scene documentation: Photography and Video
  • Note taking, report writing, and expert testimony

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Matthew Cook
(202) 610-7565 or matthew_cook@nps.gov

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Fire, Arson, and Post Blast Investigations

Forensic PiecesOctober 10 - 14, 2016

Community Center Training Room
200 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458

Hosted by Jupiter Police Department

Fire, Arson, and Post-Blast Investigations Crime Scene Processing is an inclusive and practical 40- hour course of instruction designed to aid investigators and officers in processing of fire and explosives crime scenes. These investigations generally are influenced by dynamics uncommon to most general crimes. Fire and explosive investigations can occur naturally, accidentally, or intentionally with criminal cases often focusing on political, religious, and complex financial motivations. The cases are difficult to prove leading to apprehension by investigators, prosecutors alike. Arson Investigators and Post-Blast Investigators not only will utilize initial response laws, NFPA publications 921,1021, and 1033 in conjunction with departmental policies and other established resources to complete a thorough fire/post-blast scene investigation.

Course Topics

  • Search and Seizure concerns at fire scenes
  • Fire scene safety concerns and establishment of a safe working environment
  • Establishment of scene boundaries and scene security
  • A multi-disciplinary
  • Current case-law governing fire/explosion investigation
  • Working with quasi- governmental and civil forensic experts
  • Scene documentation
  • Crime Lab Analysis
  • Case preparation
  • Pre-trial concern
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Select fire scene case study practical

Who Should Attend

This course of instruction is designed to assist fire investigators, law enforcement, investigators, and prosecutors.

About Your Instructor:

Bruce Willis, B.S., M.S.
Certified by IAI
In Partnership with Jan Johnson, CSCSA, President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Bruce Willis is a retired Instructor formerly employed by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia (August 15, 2015). He holds a B.S degree in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State College, a M.S. in Public Administration from Columbus State University and an Ed. S. from Valdosta State University in Curriculum and Instruction. While initially employed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, He completed his law enforcement career with the State of Georgia's Training Academy as the Forensic Instructor. Mr. Willis has consulted or examined in excess of 500 death scenes and testified as an expert in the following; Interviews and Interrogations, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Blood Detection at Crime Scenes, Forensic Photography, Basic Crime Scene Photography, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Ballistic Reconstruction, as well as fingerprint/palm development techniques, fingerprint classification, and fingerprint/palm print comparison, arson and post-blast Investigations. Mr. Willis is a POST certified instructor in these fields. He is an instructor of child death investigations, recovery of skeletal remains, and post mortem interval. Mr. Willis currently holds a State of Georgia Teaching Certificate in various fields to include Mathematics and Science. He is a POST Certified Identification Technician, Arson /Post-Blast Investigator, and POST certified Instructor. Mr. Willis is dedicated to Instruction and furtherance of forensic understanding in our law enforcement and legal community. He is an NFA Graduate and Dr. William Bass award winner.

Contact Information

Teresa Bryant
(561)741-2359 or teresab@jupiterfl.us

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Crime Scene Management for First Responders

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 11, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

In this unique course designed for patrol officers, paramedics, fire-rescue personnel, and other first responders, students will learn the basics of crime scene response, security, protection, and documentation. Instructors will use numerous case studies to demonstrate how improper scene security can negatively affect an investigation and review proper procedures via several hands-on mock crime scenes. Basic latent print techniques will be reviewed and practiced along with basic note taking and chain of custody procedures. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $125.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Sexual Assault Investigations

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 12 - 14, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This course is designed for all investigators and first responders. Sexual assault crime scenes normally comprise three primary sources of evidentiary focus: the scene, the victim and the suspect. Having the knowledge and skills to thoroughly investigate not only the tangible evidence but also the victim's possible feelings of self-blame, offender identification, location and interview/interrogation are key elements to an investigation. During this 3-day course you will learn victim/offender relationship, statutory rape cases, substance-facilitated sexual assault, initial response, documentation, collection and packaging of various types of physical and biological evidence. You will also learn techniques for interviewing the victim, consent and search warrant protocols, working with SANE/SARC personnel and preparation for trial. Students will spend approximately 50% of class time completing exercises for proper evidentiary documentation and recovery. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $375.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Crime Scene Investigation Course

Everett Baxter Jr Forensics, LLCOctober 17 - 20 & 24 - 27, 2016 (80 hours)

Springhill Suites
1 Riverfront Plaza
Lawrence, KS 66044

Hosted by Lawrence, Kansas Police Department

The Crime Scene Investigation Course is for Crime Scene Investigators, Evidence Technicians, Detectives, Investigators, Uniformed Officers and anyone who has the responsibility of processing a crime scene. The student will learn the necessary skills to identify, document, collect and process various types of evidence that may be encountered at a crime scene.

This course will be both challenging and demanding. Almost all blocks of instruction will be followed by an exercise or exercises to reinforce the lecture materials, with a majority of the exercises including photography as part of the exercise. Some of the exercises will be as simple as writing a description from a photograph to as complex as actually utilizing various fingerprinting and sketching techniques.

The students will learn the various techniques to document evidence, which includes note taking, photography and sketching. The students will then progress into various methods used to locate evidence. The students will learn the various types of physical evidence and the appropriate methods used to document the particular evidence.

Course Content

The course will follow the format of the book The Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook. The book is divided into 24 chapters, which includes serology evidence, trace evidence, firearms evidence, toolmark evidence, latent fingerprint development, footwear and tire mark evidence, computer evidence and questioned document evidence. The students will then use the taught techniques to identify, document and preserve these types of evidence.

The students will then learn the documentation of evidence that may not always present at all crime scenes, however may encounter from time to time. These various special considerations include shooting scene documentation, bloodstain documentation, clandestine grave documentation, fire scenes and clothing and injury documentation.

The students will wind down the training with lectures on the processing methodology and report writing. The students will then have an opportunity to put their knowledge to work by processing a mock crime scene.

Tuition Cost

$545.00

Course Instructor

Everett Baxter Jr. has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – EMS and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry. He has over 23 combined years in law enforcement. He is currently assigned to the Crime Scene Unit of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Mr. Baxter was previously employed with the Norman Police Department where he worked in the EMS and Patrol Divisions. Mr. Baxter has had specialized training in Crime Scene Investigations, Homicide Investigations, Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Math and Physics for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Scene Reconstruction, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Forensic Mapping, Clandestine Grace Investigation, Infrared and UV Photography, Alternate Light Source applications, Strangulation Detection with A Forensic Light Source, Footwear Impression Photography, Digital Photography of Latent Fingerprints, Cold Case Investigations. Mr. Baxter currently teaches or has taught Crime Scene Investigations, Police Photography and other CSI related classes at the college level. Mr. Baxter has presented numerous lectures and seminars at conferences, educational groups and various civic groups. Mr. Baxter has been court qualified as an Expert in Crime Scene Investigations, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Shooting Scene Reconstruction and 3D Sketches in both District Court and federal Court.

Mr. Baxter has written papers on the Effects of Cleaning Products on Bloodstains (co - authored), Alternate Light Source. Mr. Baxter has written the books the Complete Crime Scene Investigation Handbook and the Complete Crime Scene Investigation Workbook.

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 17 - 21, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This course will teach students the uses and limitations of bloodstain patterns as they relate to violent crime analysis. Lessons include 16 comprehensive laboratory exercises in our dedicated blood spatter rooms and a workbook with relevant questions related to their findings. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $625.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Advanced Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesOctober 17 - 21, 2016

Virginia Beach Police Department: Special Operations
2667 Leroy Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Hosted by Virginia Beach Police Department

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. The Mock scenes for this course were 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.

Course Topics

  • Review of the Fundamentals of Shooting Reconstruction
  • Angle of Impact Determination
  • Documentation and Testing of Potential Bullet Holes or Strikes
  • Proper Trajectory Documentation of Wall Shots
  • Projectile Penetration and Perforation
  • Distance Determination on Targets and Clothing
  • Ballistics for Shooting Reconstruction
  • Wound Ballistics and Track Trajectory
  • Reconciling Bullet Holes in Clothing with the Autopsy Findings
  • Homicides Staged to Look like Suicides
  • Trace Evidence Consideration on Firearms and Projectiles
  • Maximizing Your Firearms Examiner
  • Report Writing
  • Hands-On Case Solving
  • Most topics augmented with actual casework

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers and investigators with some shooting crime scene experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Shelli Hunter
(757) 385-7937 or svhunter@vbgov.com

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Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic PiecesOctober 31 - November 3, 2016

National Guard
1 Minuteman Way
Concord, NH 03301

Hosted by New Hampshire State Police - Major Crime Unit

The number one reason why most crime scene investigations fail is because there was inadequate crime scene processing and analysis. Working a crime scene, whether major or minor, is a process that involves a wide range of skills. This 5-day course was developed as a refresher workshop for crime scene investigators, or for the new officer with limited exposure and experience in crime scene processing. The detection, collection, documentation, and preservation of physical evidence are key elements involved in every crime scene. This course will demonstrate and elaborate on techniques that may or may not have been acquired in the field, and will assist in developing new techniques in crime scene examinations. Forensic science is forever changing and improving, and new techniques and equipment are constantly being developed to assist the law enforcement officer with the challenges of the "every scene, every time" concept.

Course Topics

  • Equipment & Safety
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Documentation: Photography, Note Taking, Searching, Sketching, Measurements
  • Physical Evidence Packaging
  • Evidence Detection, Documentation, Collection, and Preservation: Firearms, Biological, Microscopic Trace,
  • Latent Print, Footwear and Tire Track Impression, Tool Mark and
  • Bite Mark Impression
  • Bloodstain Pattern: Terms and Documentation
  • Bluestar Forensics Blood
  • Detection
  • Report Writing and Courtroom
  • Presentations

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years of experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for the FDLE in Pensacola for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and other numerous procedures involving crime scene investigation. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in over one hundred criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office where she was supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself as having the privilege of being on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan also served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI as well as Chairman for the BOD in 2008. She continues to serve on numerous committees with both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Tara Elsemiller
(603) 223-3856 or tara.elsemiller@dos.nh.gov

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International Forensic Photography Workshop

Miami Dade County Medical Examiner DepartmentOctober 31 - November 4, 2016

Miami Dade County Medical Examiner Department
Miami, FL

This comprehensive, 40 hours workshop, consist of lectures and hands-on sessions designed for those in the forensic and law enforcement fields. You'll learn properly photograph an autopsy and related gross specimens, photograph a crime scene, utilize basic lighting and exposure techniques, use close-up photography as a tool, record images too fast for the human eye to see in our High-Speed Gun range, use alternate light source techniques to record images normally invisible to the human eye and learn how to choose and maintain the equipment that is best suited for your needs. Each day will consist of lectures, hands-on shooting sessions followed by a review of the photographs. For those who do not want to bring their camera equipment, kits will be provided for use during the workshop.

Course Topics Include:

  • Exposure and Lighting
  • Autopsy and Gross Specimen
  • Alternate Light Source Photography
  • Crime Scenes though the eyes of a Forensic Pathologist
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Painting with light
  • High Speed Photography
  • Standard Operating Procedures and Digital Workflow

Tuition: $825.00: Includes all course materials and lunches

Contact the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Forensic Imaging Bureau with any questions or for registration information.
Belmarie Lyons (305) 545-2469
e-mail: blyons@miamidade.gov
http://www.miamidade.gov/medicalexaminer/forensic-photography-training.asp

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Documentation, Collection, and Preservation of Footwear and Tire Track Evidence

Forensic PiecesOctober 31 - November 4, 2016

Dallas Police Department: In-Service Academy
5610 Redbird Center Drive
Dallas, TX 75327

Hosted by allas Police Department

This training course is designed to present a series of interactive lectures using PowerPoint and various hands on exercises. This course is specifically designed for crime scene investigators and others involved in the collection and preservation of footwear and tire track evidence at a crime scene. This course focuses on learning techniques that will allow the attendee to greatly improve their documentation, collection, and preservation techniques of this critical type of evidence. An effort is made to present the material in a clear, understandable manner using lectures, open dialogs, a little bit of humor, and lots of "Hands On" exercises that are all designed to instill confidence at the next crime scene. This course will provide the crime scene investigator with a solid understanding of the proper methods for collecting and preserving a variety of different types of footwear and tire track impressions that should be found at crime scenes.

Course Topics

  • History of Footwear and Tire Track Evidence
  • General Knowledge and Identification of Types of Track Evidence
  • Understand Importance of and Improve Collection and Preservation Process
  • Four Basic Methods of Recovery
  • Crime Scene Searching Methods
  • Terminology and Manufacturing Techniques
  • Photography of Track Evidence
  • Different Methods for Stabilization, Enhancement, and Development of Track Evidence
  • Casting of Footwear and Tire Track Impressions
  • Legal Considerations and Courtroom Testimony

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those individuals with the responsibility for the documentation, collection, and preservation of footwear and tire track evidence. As well as, those who are interested in acquiring the knowledge that is required to perform the documentation and analysis of footwear and tire track evidence.

About Your Instructor:

Dwane Hilderbrand, M.Ed, CFWE, CLPE

Dwane Hilderbrand began his criminal justice career in 1975 working in the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for three years before accepting a position as Identification Technician with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, VA, where he continued working until 1981. Dwane then dedicated the rest of his government career to the Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department after being offered a forensic identification and crime scene position, in which he carried for twenty-four years until his retirement in October of 2005 as a Criminalist III. In addition, Dwane also earned his Bachelor's Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix followed by a Master's Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. He is certified by the International Association of Identification as a Latent Print Examiner and Footwear Examiner, past Board of Director member and is still active with the IAI. Dwane has been invited to speak on various subjects across the United States and abroad, which is one of the results of his "involve them and they will learn" teaching style that has made him well-known in the criminal justice profession. Each attendee will receive a publication of Dwane's book titled "Footwear, The Missed Evidence - A field guide to the collection and preservation of footwear evidence"

Contact Information

Amy Neville
(214) 671-3858 or amy.neville@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us

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Bugs, Bones & Botany

Maples Center for Forensic MedicineOctober 31 - November 4, 2016

Best Western Gateway Grand
10625 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, Florida
Austin Cary Forest Classroom

Sponsored by The University of Florida's William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

The William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida, in conjunction with three renowned forensic scientists, presents a one-week workshop on forensic field techniques and analysis entitled "Bugs, Bones & Botany."

Instructors:

Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., forensic entomologist and Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. His research has focused upon the development and behavior of flies of forensic importance. Dr. Byrd specializes in developing educational tools and workshops for medical examiners, attorneys, judges, and law enforcement personnel.

Mike Warren, Ph.D., forensic anthropologist, received his education from the University of Florida, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. He is the Director of the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, Co-director of the William R. Maples Center of Forensic Medicine, and Associate Professor at the University of Florida.

David Hall, Ph.D., a forensic botanist, is president of his own consulting firm in Gainesville, FL, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A recognized expert in plant identification, ecology and environmental jurisdictions, he has published eight books and more than 130 articles. He formerly ran the plant identification and information service while at the University of Florida. Dr. Hall has conducted forensic botany and other plant related training at Miami-Dade, the FBI Academy at Quantico, and throughout the United States. He has been consulted on cases throughout the U.S. and several other nations. He holds a variety of certifications as a scientist, forensic examiner, and an expert in botany.

Contact Information

Dr. Jason Byrd
Phone: (352) 294-4091
E-mail: jhbyrd@ufl.edu

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Palm Print Comparison

Houston Forensic Science CenterNovember 2 - 4, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
Houston, TX

This three-day course is designed for individuals who have had previous latent print comparison instruction and have been employed as a latent print examiner for at least one year. Students will be taught the concepts and methods of comparing complex, difficult latent palm prints to known palm prints. Instruction will be based on the forensic community's current and accepted practices in friction ridge detail comparisons of palm prints. Practical exercises will be designed to challenge each participant at their own level of expertise, allowing them to progress to more difficult assignments and tasks as their skills improve. The techniques presented in class will assist in manual and automated palm print searches.

Price: $350.00

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Examination, Documentation, and Preservation of Bloodstains on Clothing

CSI Academy of FloridaNovember 3, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This course examines the documentation, preservation, and analysis of bloodstains on clothing. The students will be introduced to: the nomenclature from SWGSTAIN and the IABPA; road-mapping; advanced bloodstain pattern analysis; solid background in analysis and documentation; handling blood evidence and examination of clothing in situ; and courtroom preparation and presentation. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $125.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Taking the Crime Scene into the Interrogation Room – Do the Pieces Fit?

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.November 3 - 4, 2016

Rio Rancho Police Department
500 Quantum Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM  87124

This fast paced interactive two (2) day seminar focuses on understanding the crime scene from a behavioral approach and then taking that valuable understanding directly into the interrogation room. What can be learned from the crime scene be-comes truly powerful when it can be used by the skilled investigator in their efforts to narrow down their pool of suspects through the interview and interrogation process. Crime scenes have a "psychological fingerprint" as well as physical evidence and in this course the student will learn the skills necessary to utilize their knowledge of both, in the one on one, face to face interrogation of the potential suspects.

Criminals are people and people are predictable. Their thoughts, feelings and emotions are seen in their crime and can be "read" through the evidence they leave at the crime scene. The ability of the trained investigator to properly interpret what they and their crime scene specialists see at the crime scene will provide them with that extra "edge" when the interrogation starts. If you have the right suspect in the interrogation room chair, they will soon realize that you know more about the crime they committed and how they committed it than they ever thought possible. You will then be in a position of power with a much greater chance of obtaining a confession. They simply can't get around the fact that "You Know".

This course is designed for criminal investigators, crime scene specialists, as well as uniform officers who have the responsibility of conducting their own interviews and interrogations. It stresses the vital importance of how the "crime investigation team" must work together to maximize the information gained by a thorough physical and psychological examination of the crime scene. It is not a matter of how big your department is, but instead a matter of how sincere your commitment is to learn a new and better way. It will forever change the way you work crime scenes and interrogate your suspects.

Tuition Cost

$300.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

16 Hours

Course Instructor

Dan Craft

Target Audience

This course is designed for criminal investigators, crime scene specialists, as well as uniform officers who have the responsibility of conducting their own interviews and interrogations. This class will benefit any investigator or officer who is looking to improve his/her skills in the art of interrogation, or the gentle art of persuasion. Three things solve cases: 1. Physical evidence, 2. Witnesses, 3. Confessions. It is very important to any investigation to know how to get a criminal suspect to confess, or get them to "yes". This class will make you a much better interrogator and give you the added confidence to enter a room and get the suspect to confess.

Course Contact Information

Bonnie J. Knoll, Training Coordinator
NMDPS Forensic Laboratory
505-827-9147
bonnie.knoll@state.nm.us

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Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop

Forensic PiecesNovember 7 - 11, 2016

Indiana State Police
Indianapolis Regional Lab
550 W. 16th Street Suite C
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Hosted by Indiana State Police

This five day, 40-hour course combines detailed lectures regarding the scientific basis for friction ridge identification with intense latent print comparison practical exercises. The lecture material incorporates the Ridgeology concepts of David Ashbaugh with the practical application techniques developed by Pat Wertheim. This course is an excellent tool to help examiners prepare for the International Association for Identification (IAI) certification examination. Comparison exercises using actual latent prints and inked ten print cards help to reinforce the concepts presented in the lectures. Each student is evaluated and assigned practical exercises that are challenging, but achievable. Comparison exercises representing a wide range of difficulty levels allows each student to work at his or her own level of competency, from beginning latent print examiners to those already certified by the IAI. Individual attention will be available during exercise periods. This class is ideal, even for senior examiners who desire to increase their speed and accuracy in doing latent print comparisons, lectures to improve a student's overall knowledge of the fundamentals supporting Ridgeology science, the ability to make tough identifications and improve an examiner's efficiency in doing comparisons.

Course Topics

  • Recognition of ridge pattern "clues", identifying which finger or which area of skin made a particular latent impression
  • The correct use of 3rd level detail
  • The philosophy and "ACE-V" methodology of comparing and identifying latent prints.
  • The fundamental principles of permanence and individuality
  • A detailed look into the accepted analysis of latent prints
  • Non-friction ridge skin comparison and identification
  • Forgery and fabrication
  • Differentiate between dogma and science
  • Factors in determining latent print examiner ability
  • Explain the relationship between examiner ability and image quality and quantity in the analysis and comparison of a latent print
  • Four parts of ridgeprint identification philosophy
  • Ashbaugh's three levels of detail

Who Should Attend

This is an intermediate level class. Although every effort will be made to accommodate persons new to the field, some foundation in latent print knowledge is strongly recommended prior to taking the class. Students are expected to be familiar with fingerprint terminology and should have some exposure to latent print comparisons.

About Your Instructor:

Kathleen Bright-Birnbaum, CLPE

Kathleen Bright-Birnbaum retired from the Pima County Sheriff's Department with over thirty-six years of service. Over those years she served as a Latent Print Examiner, Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) site manager, forensic artist and crime scene technician. Kathleen has been an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner since 1995. A contemporary of Pat Wertheim, who originally designed this course in the 1980s, Ms. Bright-Birnbaum has been continuously updating the course since 2009 when she became its exclusive instructor. Ms. Bright-Birnbaum has been teaching Fingerprint Courses since 1980 and travels regularly to South Africa to present the Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop to the South African Police Service. She has been published in magazines such as the Journal of Forensic Identification, Servamus Security Magazine and The Champion. Ms. Bright- Birnbaum has served on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Forensic Identification since 2001. Since leaving the sheriff's department, Kathleen has continued to serve the criminal justice community through her company, Desert Forensics. Based in Tucson, Arizona, Desert Forensics provides independent forensic consulting services to attorneys throughout the US and Canada.

Contact Information

Marcus Montooth
(812) 868-2744 or mmontooth@isp.in.gov

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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI, CCSA, CSCSA

Forensic PiecesNovember 7 - 11, 2016

Boca Raton Police and Fire Administration
6500 Congress Ave.
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Hosted by Boca Raton Police Department

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator
Modular Two: Crime Scene Analyst
Modular Four: Senior Crime Scene Analyst

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.

Course Topics

  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Equipment Needs
  • Scene Security
  • Photography
  • Search Techniques
  • Note Taking
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Sketching
  • Measurements
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Trace Evidence
  • Latent Impression Evidence
  • Shoe and Tire Track Evidence
  • Tool Mark Evidence
  • Firearms Evidence
  • Proper Evidence Packaging Techniques
  • Report Writing
  • Mock Crime Scenes
  • Courtroom Testimony

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI, CCSA and CSCSA examination. Please make sure that you have read the new books as of APRIL 1, 2015. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Caralee Daugherty
cdaugherty@ci.boca-raton.fl.us or (561)338-1261

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Basic/Advanced Forensic Photography

Forensic PiecesNovember 7 - 11, 2016

Irondale Police Department
5415 Beacon Drive Suite# 123
Irondale, AL 35210

Hosted by Irondale Police Department

The first three days of this course will be devoted to Basic Crime Scene Photography, followed by an advanced section for the last two days. This course is specifically designed for anyone who is tasked with the responsibility of having to document crime scenes, autopsy or body injuries, or evidentiary items within a controlled laboratory setting. Crime Scene Investigators, Detectives, Medical Examiner/Coroner Investigators, or anyone in which taking good photographs for court purposes is an integral part of what you do, must attend this course. You must master the camera which is a vital piece of your equipment. This class will cover the triad of exposure with the modern digital cameras, image composition, and managing the images you obtain, basically the start to finish of your critical documentation achieved by forensic photography. Examination photography of evidence, impression photography, flash photography, night and low light photography, as well as situations with Bluestar and Luminol for bloodstain documentation will be covered in addition to much more. The course will be taught from the standpoint of you have simply been handed a new point and shoot digital camera and told to go to your job with either no training or minimal instructions. Regardless of your skill level, your images will improve with this training.

Course Topics

  • Exposure Basics
  • Metering
  • Lens and Focal Length
  • Basic Principles of Forensic Composition
  • Location and Evidence Composition
  • Flash Photography
  • Low Light Photography
  • Flash and Crime Scene Composition
  • Photographing People
  • Autopsy Photography
  • Basic Principles of Macro Photography
  • Alternate Light Source Photography

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Kyle King, CSCSA

Detective Sergeant Kyle King supervises all forensic operations for the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, in Vero Beach Florida. Forensic Operations of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office include: Crime Scene Investigations, Forensic Imaging, Latents, Digital Forensics Laboratory, and Evidence Control. He has been a law enforcement officer with that agency since 1989, with the majority of his career working in Criminal Investigations. Sergeant King is an IAI Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and an IAI Certified Forensic Photographer. He is a member of the IAI Forensic Identification Committee and also a member of the FDIAI Forensic Photography Committee Kyle has taught numerous photography courses over the last few years and continues to provide state of the art learning for all in attendance, regardless of their photographic experience.

Contact Information

Ken Atkinson
(205) 329-8229 or jkatkinson@irondalepolice.org

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Human Remains Recovery

CSI Academy of FloridaNovember 14 - 18, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

Students will participate in lectures that cover the basic methods for estimating the post-mortem interval, basic human osteology, and the role of the forensic anthropologist in medico-legal death investigations. Students will learn how to identify, record, and recover human remains that have been scattered on the surface and buried. Two days are dedicated to lecture and hand-on laboratories in the classroom with the remaining 3 days dedicated to recovery methods in the field. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $625.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Scientific Analysis (ACE-V): From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.November 14 - 18, 2016

Patacchia Room at City Hall
9770 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

This is the class which the forensic identification community has been pleading for a long time and one which should become mandatory training for any pattern evidence examiners who are expected to provide expert witness testimony in today's ever changing environment. It combines training in scientific analysis with the skill sets necessary to articulate your opinion while on the witness stand as an expert witness.

We all know that proper application and articulation of scientific principles to forensic evidence is a basic requirement of the modern day forensic practitioner. This five day course will explore and explain basic scientific principles as they pertain to pattern evidence comparisons, conclusions and testimony. Although the primary forensic discipline addressed will be friction ridge analysis, the majority of the instruction will be equally relevant to other pattern evidence disciplines. Practical exercises are designed to show the benefits of questioning information over accepting information as a means of improvement. For an expert witness to be able to convey the scientific reasoning behind their conclusion requires that they fully understand it themselves. Opinions without justification no longer meet the needs of the court and this course is designed to bridge the gap between what has been common practice in the past and what is now required in the post-Daubert environment. This is not a basic courtroom testimony class but should be considered required training for anyone who will be asked to offer scientific opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for all pattern evidence practitioners, especially friction ridge examiners, regardless of their level of experience. More experienced examiners will be able to learn an improved method of conveying their opinions from a more scientific perspective, while less experienced examiners will be able to develop a method of examination and testimony which will withstand the current and future challenges of our legal system as they develop. The student will be able to not only better understand the scientific principles of their forensic discipline, but they will be able to articulate those principles while offering their opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Course Contact Information

Teresa Mendoza, Sr. Forensic Specialist
Culver City Police Department, Forensic Unit
310-253-6328
Teresa.mendoza@culvercity.org

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCNovember 14 - 18, 2016

Hosted by the CSI Academy of Florida
Presented by Forensic Training Source, LLC
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL 32615

Back by popular demand! Taught by Jim Molinaro and Howard Ryan, this 40 hour Shooting Incident Reconstruction course has been delivered around the country exceeding expectations.

Topics include:

  • Shooting scene reconstruction terminology
  • Internal, external and terminal ballistics
  • Gunshot residue and range of fire determination
  • Identifying, detecting, measuring and describing bullet marks
  • Behavior of projectiles on varying target surfaces
  • Proper recording/documentation of bullet marks
  • Motor vehicles as a target surface
  • Humans as a target surface
  • Flight path reconstruction, description and documentation
  • Report writing – putting analysis and conclusions into words
  • Courtroom testimony – Explaining and describing analysis and reconstruction

Cost

$750 ($650 each when 2 or more register from the same agency)

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

Nathan Lefebvre
Owner, Forensic Training Source, LLC
CEO, Forensic Training Foundation, Inc.
678-744-9090
nathan@forensictrainingsource.com
www.forensictrainingsource.com

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Basic Examination and Comparison of Footwear Evidence

Forensic PiecesNovember 14 - 18, 2016

Lakewood Civic Center South, Er Training Room
480 S. Allison Pkwy.
Lakewood, CO 80226

Hosted by Lakewood Police Department

This training course is designed to present a series of interactive lectures using PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, and various other software programs. This training course will provide an overview with both lecture and hands-on exercises of the proper methods and techniques in the examination and comparison of footwear evidence. There will be various discussions related to the proper techniques and methodologies in the examination and comparison process. There will be heavy discussions on the manufacturing of outsoles and how it pertains to the comparison process. Numerous practical exercises both in class and outside of the classroom are utilized and implemented to emphasize and critique the skills of the students to properly perform this level of training in footwear science. After each exercise the student's work will be critiqued and measured.

Course Topics

  • Brief History of Footwear and the Evolution of Footwear Production.
  • Anatomy and Bones of the feet and Nomenclature of Shoes
  • Evidentiary Value of Symbols and Logos in Footwear
  • Terminology of Shoes and Manufacturing Processes and Outsole Construction Methods
  • Descriptive Methods of the Types of Characteristics in the Comparison Process and Exemplar Preparation
  • Proper Documentation, Collection and Preservation of Footwear Evidence
  • Identification v. Individualization
  • ACE-V Methodology and SWGTREAD Guidelines
  • Probability Calculations
  • Elements of Report Writing
  • Legal Considerations and Courtroom Testimony
  • Plus Many More Topics

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for criminal evidence analysts and forensic scientists with the responsibility for examining and comparing footwear impression evidence. This is a beginning basic course required for those wishing to begin a career in footwear impression evidence.

About Your Instructor:

Dwane Hilderbrand, M. Ed, CFWE, CLPE

Dwane Hilderbrand began his criminal justice career in 1975 working in the Identification Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for three years before accepting a position as Identification Technician with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, VA, where he continued working until 1981. Dwane then dedicated the rest of his government career to the Scottsdale, Arizona Police Department after being offered a forensic identification and crime scene position, in which he carried for twenty-four years until his retirement in October of 2005 as a Criminalist III. In addition, Dwane also earned his Bachelor's Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix followed by a Master's Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. He is certified by the International Association of Identification as a Latent Print and Footwear Examiner, past Board of Director member and is still active with the IAI. Dwane has been invited to speak on various subjects across the United States and abroad, which is one of the results of his "involve them and they will learn" teaching style that has made him well-known in the criminal justice profession. Each attendee will receive a publication of Dwane's book titled "Footwear, The Missed Evidence - A field guide to the collection and preservation of footwear evidence"

Contact Information

Sheri Shimamoto, Senior Crime Scene Analyst - Office
(303) 987-7309 OR (720) 261-5019
Email sheshi@lakewoodco.org

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Forensic Photography

Houston Forensic Science CenterNovember 14 - 18, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
Houston, TX

This 40-hour course addresses basic concepts in forensic photography and its application to the professional documentation of crime scenes and laboratory evidence. This course is designed for crime scene investigators and lab personnel who have basic knowledge of a DSLR camera and want to increase their confidence. The objective of this course is to introduce students to practical issues of and methods used by crime scene investigators, specifically as they relate to photography and the capture of digital photographic evidence to better convey the details of a laboratory analysis or to present in court. Through lectures and hands-on activities, students will learn how to utilize the essential functions of a digital camera. Some of the topics that will be covered in the course include using the camera in manual modes, exposure triangle, minimizing distortions, principals of light, an explanation of 18-percent gray and the factors that impact depth of field, photographing crime scenes and crime scene evidence. Students should come to class with a DSLR camera and tripod.

Price: $595.00

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Animal Crime Scene Workshop

Maples Center for Forensic MedicineNovember 15 - 17, 2016

Best Western Gateway Grand
10625 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, Florida
Austin Cary Forest Classroom

Sponsored by The University of Florida's William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

This course is designed to demonstrate the proper scene processing techniques for the detection and recovery of physical evidence from cases of animal neglect, cruelty and death. Students will get hands-on experience in the excavation of a gravesite and the exhumation of buried remains. Emphasis will be placed on the collection of associated physical evidence from the crime scene. The proper collection techniques will be demonstrated and students will be expected to implement those techniques throughout the excavation process.

The Animal Crime Scene workshop focuses upon detection and excavation of animal crime scenes involving surface deposition and burial. Students will attend lectures covering methods for the detection and excavation of a gravesite, as well as mapping techniques for the exhumation of animal remains. Afternoons will be spent in the field at the Austin Cary Forest processing mock crime scenes and excavating gravesites. Appropriate clothing should be worn for fall field conditions in Florida. Bug Spray, Gloves, and sunscreen are advised.

Instructors:

  • Bruce A. Goldberger, Ph.D., Professor and Director, William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
  • Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., Forensic Entomologist and Associate Director, William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
  • Amanda Fitch, M.S., Forensic Analyst

Contact Information

Dr. Jason Byrd
Phone: (352) 294-4091
E-mail: jhbyrd@ufl.edu

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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI Only

Forensic PiecesNovember 28 - 30, 2016

St. Louis County And Municipal Police Academy
1266 Sutter Avenue
Welston, MO 63133

Hosted by St. Louis County And Municipal Police Academy

Designed for Modular One Only

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator

This course is specifically designed with the goal of enabling students to pass the CSI module of the IAI Certification. 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.

It would be helpful for the student to be familiar with and studied the books Crime Scene Photography, Edition II, by Edward Robinson, 2010, Elsevier Science & Technology Books (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, 8 and 12) as well as the Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, 2nd ed. by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press.

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.

Course Topics

  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Equipment Needs
  • Scene Security
  • Photography
  • Search Techniques
  • Note Taking
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Sketching
  • Measurements
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Trace Evidence
  • Latent Impression Evidence
  • Shoe and Tire Track Evidence
  • Tool Mark Evidence
  • Firearms Evidence
  • Proper Evidence Packaging Techniques
  • Report Writing
  • Mock Crime Scenes
  • Courtroom Testimony

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI examination. Please make sure that you have read the new books as of APRIL 1, 2015. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Tom Anderson
(314) 650-0259 or tanderson@stlouisco.com

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Alternate Light Source Applications

CSI Academy of FloridaNovember 30 - December 2, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

Our Alternate Light Source Applications course is designed to introduce students to the use of the visible light spectrum to enhance organic and inorganic substances that otherwise may be overlooked in a criminal investigation. Students will learn how light affects some biological fluids often left at crime scenes, causing absorption, fluorescence, luminescence, and contrast with the target surface. We will also cover documentation, preservation, and collection techniques. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $375.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaDecember 5 - 9, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

In this advanced course, students will take their basic bloodstain analysis skills to the next level by refreshing learned skills from the Basic 40-hour course and developing investigators' ability to recognize, document, analyze, and collect stains related to clothing and more complicated substrates, multiple impact events, multiple victim/suspect events, and how to categorize bloodstains according to established principles by the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. Cognitive bias will be discussed along with the importance of objective analysis, the scientific method, and the peer-review process. There will be focus on document preparation and courtroom testimony procedures. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost $625.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 5 - 9, 2016

Michigan State Police Lansing Laboratory
7320 N. Canal Rd.
Lansing, MI 48913

This five day introductory course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts of Ridgeology, which is a holistic approach to fingerprint examination. This course examines in detail the following topics theory, technique, standards and standards for conclusions. The theories of skin growth, persistency and biological uniqueness are presented, along with the contributions of key researchers in the science of fingerprints.

The focus then shifts heavily toward technique Considerable time is spent discussing ACE-V methodology, but preferential treatment is given to the analysis phase Students will analyze numerous impressions, record their bench notes and then articulate and defend those notes for the class. This will reinforce the material presented and will better enable the student to understand the appearance of a given impression It will also highlight the importance of a transparent case record that can withstand scientific scrutiny Students will also complete two (2) separate comparison exercises.

Both legal and scientific standards will then be discussed, along with what comprises our standards for conclusions. Key legal decisions pertaining to the science of fingerprints will be discussed, as will issues raised by prominent critics of the science. Students will complete a written assessment at the end of the course.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

Target Audience

This course is designed to assist the student in becoming a better-rounded and more competent fingerprint examiner. Those newer to the science of fingerprints will benefit from basic explanations of complex topics, while more seasoned examiners - such as those trained to a numerical standard for identifications - will benefit from discussions involving all aspects of the deposition process. Students with experience levels between two weeks and 25+ years have attended this course.

Course Contact Information

Tracee McIntosh, LP Technical Leader
Michigan State Police
248-380-1028
McIntoshT@Michigan.gov

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Scientific Analysis (ACE-V): From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 5 - 9, 2016

Boston Police Academy
85 Williams Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This is the class which the forensic identification community has been pleading for a long time and one which should become mandatory training for any pattern evidence examiners who are expected to provide expert witness testimony in today's ever changing environment. It combines training in scientific analysis with the skill sets necessary to articulate your opinion while on the witness stand as an expert witness.

We all know that proper application and articulation of scientific principles to forensic evidence is a basic requirement of the modern day forensic practitioner. This five day course will explore and explain basic scientific principles as they pertain to pattern evidence comparisons, conclusions and testimony. Although the primary forensic discipline addressed will be friction ridge analysis, the majority of the instruction will be equally relevant to other pattern evidence disciplines. Practical exercises are designed to show the benefits of questioning information over accepting information as a means of improvement. For an expert witness to be able to convey the scientific reasoning behind their conclusion requires that they fully understand it themselves. Opinions without justification no longer meet the needs of the court and this course is designed to bridge the gap between what has been common practice in the past and what is now required in the post-Daubert environment. This is not a basic courtroom testimony class but should be considered required training for anyone who will be asked to offer scientific opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for all pattern evidence practitioners, especially friction ridge examiners, regardless of their level of experience. More experienced examiners will be able to learn an improved method of conveying their opinions from a more scientific perspective, while less experienced examiners will be able to develop a method of examination and testimony which will withstand the current and future challenges of our legal system as they develop. The student will be able to not only better understand the scientific principles of their forensic discipline, but they will be able to articulate those principles while offering their opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Course Contact Information

Rachel Camper, Director LPU
Boston Police Department
617-343-5947
rachel.camper@pd.boston.gov

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesDecember 5 - 9, 2016

Palm Springs Police Department
226 Cypress Lane- Community Room
Palm Springs, FL 33461

Hosted by Palm Springs Police Department

This comprehensive 40-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that need the basic training and techniques for the buried body or surface skeleton crime scene examination and recovery. This course will assist you in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of crime scene reconstruction. Mock scenes for this course are designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum and correct information for the ultimate crime scene reconstruction of both surface skeleton cases and more complex buried human cases. Attendees will be assigned to a crime scene team and will be responsible for the entire scene investigation and a presentation of their findings on the final class day. The teams will be graded on the amount of physical evidence (clues) that they recover from their scenes. The attendees will have a working knowledge of the techniques required to examine a surface skeleton and a buried body crime scene to include protocols, potential physical evidence awareness, equipment needs, bone identification and inventory, preservation of human remains procedures, search and documentation techniques, and courtroom case presentation experience.

Please note that expensive composite skeletons will be buried for the mock scene sites.

Course Topics

  • Planning and management for mass grave sites
  • Scene security and search techniques
  • Excavation techniques: collection, and preservation of remains
  • Victim(s) Identification: race, stature, age, sex
  • Time of death estimation and cause of death determination
  • Crime scene documentation: Photography and Video
  • Note taking, report writing, and expert testimony

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, SCLA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the International Association for Identification in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Joseph M. Derogatis
561 304-4836 or jderogatis@vpsfl.org

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 5 - 9, 2016

Philadelphia Police Training Center
2838 Woodhaven Road
Philadelphia, PA  19154

The knowledge of how to evaluate, compare and identify friction skin is accomplished through many hours of training and experience that involves independent study and one on one mentoring by an expert. This course is designed to start that process through a series of lectures, practical exercises and drills that are specifically designed to increase the student's knowledge and foster confidence in the usefulness of the science and their ability to use it. Many different facets of friction skin examination will be explored and the challenges associated with the science will be discussed in detail. Each participant will understand the principles underlying the science and as a result, they should have a practical, functional knowledge of how to examine friction skin upon completion of the course. The course starts by teaching the "language" of friction skin examination and pattern recognition. Then the student will learn how to use all three "levels of detail" and apply ACE-V. methodology as the basis for the examination process.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Mike Campbell

Target Audience

This course has been designed with many different groups in mind and is suited for law enforcement personnel and students who are new to forensics as well as law enforcement personnel and students who are already familiar with forensic identification matters including experienced 10 Print and Latent Print examiners who are already conducting examinations or are being trained to do so. Because of the scope of material covered, this course is beneficial for all but the seasoned examiners and it can serve as an excellent introduction into the science for those of other disciplines, particularly crime scene personnel. Law enforcement personnel will be able to return to work and immediately use this training to continue their development as examiners. Students would be able to apply for jobs that require such training as a requirement. Other professionals involved in both the academic and judicial systems would also benefit as they would receive a broad overview of the science without having to put it to practical use.

Course Contact Information

John Holtzer, Police ID Services Manager
Philadelphia Police Department
215-686-3301
John.Holtzer@phila.gov

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Latent Print Search and Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 5 - 9, 2016

Westminster Police Department
8200 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA  92683

This 40-hour intermediate-level course is designed to assist forensic science professionals who are presently comparing friction ridge evidence, yet feel they could increase their skills and knowledge through participation in a formalized course. Numerous practical exercises, supplemented by lectures and discussion are among the techniques used to enhance the students understanding of the identification methodology. From determining useful target areas, to the friction ridge characteristics used to individualize (Levels II and III), each step of this course will enable the student to effectively analyze, search, compare and evaluate developed friction ridge evidence.

The course focuses primarily on the use of several different practical exercises, each designed as a step-by- step process to increase the student's application of the identification methodology. In turn, this makes for a more efficient and accurate analyst. Additionally, this course complements the International Association for Identification's Friction Ridge Skin Identification Training Manual (supplementing the goal and objectives of the Supervised Comparison Training, Sections C, D, E, F & G).

The objective of this course is to provide each participant with an increased understanding of the friction ridge science with emphasis on locating, analyzing, searching, comparing and evaluating latent fingerprints. Phalange, crease, scar and palm print analysis and comparison will also be discussed

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Jon Stimac, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for the intermediate-level examiner/analyst; it is not designed as an introductory-level course. Examiners/analysts with some experience will benefit from both the course content and the many practical exercises that are part of this course. Attendees without any prior comparison experience or who are at a very basic-level of comparison experience should probably satisfy that level of training and experience prior to participating in this course. Students with active experience levels between six months and 20+ years have attended this course and benefited from the different difficulty levels of the exercises that are available to the participants.

Course Contact Information

Susan Moore, Supervising Forensic Specialist
Orange County Crime Lab, Cal-ID Bureau
714-834-6320
slm@occl.ocgov.com

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 6 - 8, 2016

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
1915 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

PURPOSE: The purpose of this three day workshop is to substantially improve the ability of the latent print examiner to conduct latent print comparisons in a more time and cost efficient manner. This workshop is designed to benefit examiners at all expertise levels from the new trainee to the latent print supervisor. The practical exercises have been prepared in such a manner that each student will be working with material equal to their level of expertise and progress to more difficult assignments as their ability grows. These techniques can be immediately applied to both manual and automated palm print searching.

NEED: The reason that there is a need for this type of training is twofold. First, many, if not most latent print examiners have never had any formal training in the area of latent palm print searching. This is because, except on a very limited basis, none existed - UNTIL NOW!. Second, although the development of A.F.I.S. systems has been monumentally successful in identifying latent fingerprints, it has indirectly contributed to a new problem - a whole generation of latent print examiners who cannot effectively deal with palm prints. This seminar is designed to meet the need by training the students to "Search smart before they search hard!" This is accomplished by teaching the students how to recognize the numerous "position orientation clues" that normally appear in palm prints.

Tuition Cost

$400.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

This workshop is designed to benefit examiners at all expertise levels from the new trainee to the latent print supervisor. The practical exercises have been prepared in such a manner that each student will be working with material equal to their level of expertise and progress to more difficult assignments as their ability grows.

Course Contact Information

Samantha Webb, Manager ID Section
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
314-444-5732
skwebb@SLMPD.ORG

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Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaDecember 12 - 16, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This 40-hour course is designed for individuals who want an overview of the techniques of crime scene investigation. Field Training Exercises will include photography as well as documentation of mock crime scenes and evidence collection. This program is ideal for individuals in law enforcement looking to enhance their crime scene skills or individuals new to the field. This is an IAI Approved Course. Cost: $625.00

Contact Debbie Mongiardo
CSI Academy of Florida
Alachua, Florida (North of Gainesville)
debbie@csiacademyflorida.com
386-518-6300
www.csiacademyflorida.com

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IAI Crime Scene Certification Exam Preparation: CSCSA Level

Houston Forensic Science CenterDecember 12 - 16, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
1301 Fannin Street - 21st Floor
Houston, TX

This course will prepare crime scene professionals for the International Association for Identification (IAI) exam for Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst. The weeklong class provides an intensive review of required textbook materials. The class is a mixture of lectures, discussion, quizzes and practice questions. Additional focus will be placed on study hints, tips and test-taking strategies. The instructor is an IAI CSCSA with 20 years of teaching and exam writing experience. HFSC will also host the exam on Saturday, December 17, 2016. All attendees must read the required textbooks prior to the course.

Per certification requirements posted on the IAI website, the following texts will be used for new CSCSA level certifications:

  1. Crime Scene Photography, 2nd ed., by Robinson, Edward, 2010, Elsevier Science & Technology Books (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, 8 and 12)
  2. Effective Expert Witnessing: Practices for the 21st Century, 5th ed., by Mason, Jack V., 2013, CRC Press (All chapters EXCEPT 8 and 9)
  3. Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, 4th ed., by James, Stuart H., Nordby, Jon J., and Bell, Suzanne, 2013, CRC Press

The Houston Forensic Science Center will host the exam the Saturday immediately following the course. To take this exam, the IAI must review applications 90 days in advance or by September 17. Applicants should state they "intend to sit for a group exam to be proctored by the Houston Forensic Science Center on Saturday, December 17 at 9 a.m."

Certification requirements and application information may be found: www.theiai.org/certifications.

Price: $495.00

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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 12 - 16, 2016

Denver Police Crime Laboratory, CSU
1371 Cherokee St.
Denver, CO  80204

Expectations of the public and the courts have risen dramatically over the last several years in the area of physical evidence collection and forensic identification. Additionally, there is a need for "Homeland Security" protection through awareness, collection and identification of physical evidence at the local level. Working a crime scene is a "process" that involves a broad range of Skills. With these issues in mind, the purpose of this course is to train crime scene personnel in the skills needed to identify, photograph, process, and preserve the crime scene and items of evidence found in them. The course is intended to provide a foundation for the future development of such expertise through experience and continued training.

Course Topics:

  • Evidence Collection Kits
  • What is Physical Evidence?
  • Documentation of Crime Scenes
  • Biological Evidence
  • Trace Evidence
  • Latent Fingerprint Development
  • Footwear and tire track impressions
  • Document (Handwriting) Evidence

Upon completion of this training, students should possess the fundamental skills necessary to process crime scenes and collect a variety of different types of physical evidence.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Scott Campbell, CSCSA

Target Audience

This five-day crime scene course provides instruction in the identification, processing, preservation and recovery of physical evidence including: scene responsibilities, crime lab capabilities, scene equipment, scene and evidence photography, searching & measuring, biological & trace evidence, footwear & tire evidence, fingerprint processing and handwriting evidence.

Expectations of the public and the courts have risen dramatically over the last several years in the area of physical evidence collection and forensic identification. Working a crime scene is a "process" that involves a broad range of skills. With these issues in mind, the purpose of this course is to train crime scene personnel in the skills needed to identify, photograph, process, and preserve the crime scene and items of evidence found in them. The course is intended to provide a foundation for the future development of such expertise through experience and continued training.

Attendees will receive lecture and demonstrations along with participating in class discussions and performing practical exercises to demonstrate acquired skills.

Course Contact Information

Ashley Paggen, CS Supervisor
Denver Police Crime Laboratory
720-337-2010
ashley.paggen@denvergov.org

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Forensic Examination of Violent Crime Scenes

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 13 - 15, 2016

Rio Rancho Police Department
500 Quantum Blvd.
Rio Rancho, NM  87124

Crime is typically divided into two categories: crimes against property and crimes against persons. While the former is serious and may indeed constitute the majority of departmental caseloads, it is the latter that frequently results in serious bodily harm or death. Therefore, it is imperative that appropriate forensic and law enforcement personnel be able to successfully recognize, document and/or interpret evidence found at these types of scenes. Furthermore, it may be important in a particular scene to be able to sequence a series of events to reconstruct how a crime may have occurred and the actions that were involved. This may allow the trained analyst/investigator to support or contradict statements offered by suspects, victims and/or witnesses, thereby providing further insight into an investigation.

This advanced course will present both the theory and practical application of several techniques that are essential to crime scene examination and reconstruction of violent crimes. Practical exercises and case studies will be utilized to reinforce the material presented.

Course Overview

  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Stain recognition
  • Documentation of bloodstain patterns
  • Angle of impact determination
  • Reconstruction methods
  • Chemical development/enhancement techniques

Specialized Photography

  • Macro photography
  • Painting with light

Shooting Reconstruction

  • Examination of bullet defects
  • Direction of travel
  • Demonstration of trajectory Shot sequencing
  • Documentation considerations

Additional Topics

  • Special issues in officer-involved shootings
  • Alternate light source examination

Tuition Cost

$400.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

24 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

Target Audience

This course is designed for anyone who is tasked with investigating and processing violent crime scenes, particularly those crimes involving bloodshed. Although it will be beneficial to have prior training and experience in bloodstain pattern analysis, it is not a requirement for participation in the course. Even if you are not the person who will be interpreting bloodstain and shooting evidence, you should attend this course if you will be responsible for documenting these types of crime scenes.

Course Contact Information

Bonnie J. Knoll, Training Coordinator
NMDPS Forensic Laboratory
505-827-9147
bonnie.knoll@state.nm.us

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Advanced Sequential Processing - A Hands On Workshop

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.December 13 - 16, 2016

Torrance Police Department
3300 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503

The purpose of this four day workshop is to empower the student through realistic practical exercises to:

  • Understand the initial role of the crime scene and evidence technician in signal recognition
  • Recognize the series of critical steps that detect and optimize evidence in the journey from scene to stand
  • Receive, document and maintain the integrity of physical evidence while retaining it in possession for fingerprint examination
  • Stay vigilant for, seize and protect other evidence that falls outside the fingerprint discipline
  • Diagnose and triage the nature and composition of compound exhibits
  • Be familiar with the nature, application, target and mechanism of proven fingerprint detection methods currently in use
  • Select the sequence of processes that will afford the maximum extraction of evidence, of all kinds on compound exhibits encountered during the investigation of a crime
  • Apply these processes skillfully and in the correct order to achieve maximum evidence extraction
  • Photograph impression evidence using atypical techniques, recording all the detail present
  • Deliver knowledgeable effective testimony in court as to the continuity of the evidence, explain the mechanisms and I imitations of the techniques employed and explain the decisions that led to the processes used to obtain evidence.

The students will be formed in two-person teams. Each will receive his/her own compound exhibits on Day 1, but will work as partners to confer and decide on strategy. Together, each team will select the appropriate sequence of actions, process the exhibits accordingly (Day 2), record their findings with a DSLR camera (Day 3) and be prepared to tender evidence in mock court on the final day, as to their actions and the chemistry and physics behind the procedures they have followed.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

32 Hours

Course Instructor

Brian Dalrymple, CLPE

Target Audience

All professionals who process crime scenes and/or exhibits for fingerprints, footwear impressions and other forms of physical evidence, encounter complex or compound exhibits, and strive to leave nothing behind.

All professionals who wish to learn to triage compound exhibits, select the appropriate number and order of examination procedures for any given piece of evidence that will afford the best likelihood for recovery of all latent evidence.

All professionals who seek a deeper understanding of the mechanisms and range of the dominant fingerprint detection methods.

All forensic photographers who record impression evidence in preparation for comparison and/or AFIS search, and seek the tools to solve challenging recording situations that fall outside conventional photography.

All professionals who seek a realistic holistic training experience that comprises all facets of evidence assessment, protection, detection, recording, documenting and presenting, from crime scene to courtroom.

Course Contact Information

Krishna Patel, Forensic Supervisor
Torrance Police Department
310-781-7126
kpatel@TorranceCA.gov

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Digital Crime Scene and Evidence Photography

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 17 - 19, 2017

West Hartford Police Department
Training Room
103 Raymond Road
West Hartford, CT  06107

This 3-day hands-on course is designed for crime scene investigators, police officers, evidence technicians and other personnel who have the responsibility to properly document crime scenes and physical evidence through photography. The students will be provided with a thorough understanding of how cameras function, adjustments for various lighting conditions, proper exposure and composition, what photos to take and improve their skills as photographers. Students with limited familiarity of photography along with those who have some experience taking photos but want to improve their skills and develop a better understanding of why and how to adjust camera settings will benefit. Attendees will be able to take the camera off the automatic settings and improve images needed for investigations and court.

Instruction includes:

  • Fundamentals of photography
  • Understanding of basic camera operations (shutter speeds, aperture, white balance, exposure adjustments, ISO, etc)
  • Automatic, program modes and manual adjustments
  • Suggested camera equipment
  • Crime scene and evidence photographic documentation principles
  • Scene safety issues
  • Lens selection
  • Flash techniques
  • Digital vs. Film: Pros & Cons
  • How digital works
  • Digital media (formats)
  • Archiving digital images
  • Meter usage and calculation of proper exposure
  • Two & three dimensional evidence photography (footwear & tire tracks)
  • Some advanced techniques including time exposure, painting with light, tips and tricks for better photos.
  • Hands-on exercises

The students will be formed in two-person teams. Each will receive his/her own compound exhibits on Day 1, but will work as partners to confer and decide on strategy. Together, each team will select the appropriate sequence of actions, process the exhibits accordingly (Day 2), record their findings with a DSLR camera (Day 3) and be prepared to tender evidence in mock court on the final day, as to their actions and the chemistry and physics behind the procedures they have followed.

Tuition Cost

$400.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Scott Campbell, CSCSA

Target Audience

This 3-day hands-on course is designed for crime scene investigators, police officers, evidence technicians and other personnel who have the responsibility to properly document crime scenes and physical evidence through photography. The students will be provided with a thorough understanding of how cameras function, adjustments for various lighting conditions, proper exposure and composition, what photos to take and improve their skills as photographers.

Course Contact Information

Detective Jeremy Tangarone
West Hartford Police Department
860-570-8880
jtangarone@westhartfordct.gov

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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI, CCSA, CSCSA

Forensic PiecesJanuary 17 - 20, 2017

Lee County Sheriff's Office
10070 Intercom Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Hosted by Lee County Sheriff's Office

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator
Modular Two: Crime Scene Analyst
Modular Four: Senior Crime Scene Analyst

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.

Course Topics

  • Equipment Needs
  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Scene Security
  • Photography
  • Search Techniques
  • Note Taking
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Sketching Measurements
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Trace Evidence
  • Latent Impression Evidence
  • Shoe and Tire Track Evidence
  • Tool Mark Evidence, Firearms Evidence
  • Proper Evidence Packaging Techniques
  • Report Writing
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter
    in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI, CCSA and CSCSA examination. Please make sure that you have read the new books as of APRIL 1, 2015. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years of experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and a crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as the President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, Including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
In Partnership with Jan Johnson, CSCSA, President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell retired as Lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigations Division in Shreveport, LA after thirty-one years. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Crime Scene Investigations as well as Latent Print Examinations and he holds an A.S. in Law Enforcement Technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in Business Administration, and a Masters in Forensic Science Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the LA Division, MS Division, and FL Divisions of IAI. McDonnell has provided training in basic crime scene, advanced crime scene, and fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana Division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their Regional Representative and as Chairman of their Latent Print Certification Committee. He has obtained IAI certification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Crime Scene Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Elaine Flaherty
(239) 258-3012 or eflaherty@sheriffleefl.org

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Staged Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesFebruary 8 - 10, 2017

Allen Police Department
900 South Greenville Avenue Suite D
Allen, TX 75013

Hosted by Allen Police Department

Any deliberate effort made by an offender before police arrive to alter the pristine condition of a crime scene to purposely thwart the investigation and frustrate the overall criminal justice process is the essence of crime scene staging. Crime scene staging could be increasing due to public fascination with crime scene related media, enhanced awareness of forensic science application, and/or offenders' belief in their understanding of how crime scenes should look. This comprehensive, 24-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts, and other forensic professionals involved in crime scene examination related work. This course explores what is known about crime scene staging and instructs students on how to use a new methodology for the early detection and analysis of potentially stated crime scenes. This course also integrates critical documentation techniques used to create a permanent record of bloodstain pattern evidence and/or firearms-related incident evidence for the purpose of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary crime scene reconstruction towards supporting or refuting claims made by a would-be crime scene stager.

Course Topics

  • Equivocal Death Investigations
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Incidental Altercation In Scenes
  • Types of Crime Scene Staging
  • Primary Scenes
  • Secondary vs Tertiary Scenes
  • Red Flag Indicators
  • Note Taking, Report Writing
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection

Who Should Attend?

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for patrol officers, investigators, detectives and crime scene personnel or without experience

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

William Robertson
(214)509-4338 or wrobertson@cityofallen.org

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesFebruary 13 - 17, 2017

Panama City Police Department
1209 E. 15th Street
Panama City, FL 32405

Hosted by Panama City Police Department

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.

Course Topics

  • Bloodstain Patterns
  • Lasers and Shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical Applications
  • Photographic and Video Techniques
  • Search, Sketching, and Measuring Techniques
  • Metal Detector Techniques
  • Implementation of Grid Search
  • Physical Evidence in Firearms Cases
  • Case Scenarios: Single-shooting, Multiple-shooting, and Officer-involved crime scenes
  • Trigonometry and Trajectory
  • Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Johnathan Turner
jturner@pcgov.org or (850)872-3141

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Staged Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesFebruary 22 - 24, 2017

Travis County Sheriff's Office
5555 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

Hosted by Travis County Sheriff's Office

Any deliberate effort made by an offender before police arrive to alter the pristine condition of a crime scene or to purposely thwart the investigation and frustrate the overall criminal justice process is the essence of crime scene staging. Crime scene staging could be increasing due to public fascination with crime scene related media, enhanced awareness of forensic science application, and/or the offenders' belief in their understanding of how crime scenes should look. This comprehensive 24-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts, and other forensic professionals involved in crime scene examination related work. This course explores what is known about crime scene staging and instructs students on how to use a new methodology for the detection and analysis of potentially stated crime scenes. This course also integrates critical documentation techniques used to create a permanent record of bloodstain pattern evidence and/or firearms-related incident evidence for the purpose of a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary crime scene reconstruction towards supporting or refuting claims made by a would-be crime scene stager.

Course Topics

  • Equivocal Death Investigations
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Incidental Altercation In Scenes
  • Types of Crime Scene Staging
  • Primary Scenes
  • Secondary vs Tertiary Scenes
  • Red Flag Indicators
  • Note Taking, Report Writing
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Other evidence to be aware of and collected
  • Profiling the stager
  • Case examples of staged scenes for problem solving

Who Should Attend?

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for patrol officers, investigators, detectives and crime scene personnel with or without experience as it is presented in a casual yet informative learning environment.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Shannon Shafer
(512)854-8447 or shannon.shafer@traviscountytx.gov

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesFebruary 27 - March 4, 2017

Abilene Police Academy
4557 E. Lake Road
Abilene, TX 33461

Hosted by Abilene Police Training Academy

This comprehensive 40-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that need the basic training and techniques for the buried body or surface skeleton crime scene examination and recovery. This course will assist you in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of crime scene reconstruction. Mock scenes for this course are designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum and correct information for the ultimate crime scene reconstruction of both surface skeleton cases and more complex buried human cases. Attendees will be assigned to a crime scene team and will be responsible for the entire scene investigation and a presentation of their findings on the final class day. The teams will be graded on the amount of physical evidence (clues) that they recover from their scenes. The attendees will have a working knowledge of the techniques required to examine a surface skeleton and a buried body crime scene to include protocols, potential physical evidence awareness, equipment needs, bone identification and inventory, preservation of human remains procedures, search and documentation techniques, and courtroom case presentation experience.

Please note that expensive composite skeletons will be buried for the mock scene sites.

Course Topics

  • Planning and management for mass grave sites
  • Scene security and search techniques
  • Excavation techniques: collection, and preservation of remains
  • Victim(s) Identification: race, stature, age, sex
  • Time of death estimation and cause of death determination
  • Crime scene documentation: Photography and Video
  • Note taking, report writing, and expert testimony

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Debbie Dudensing
(325)676-6537 or debbie.dudensing@abilenetx.com

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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI, CCSA, CSCSA

Forensic PiecesMarch 13 - 17, 2017

Norman Investigations Center
1507 W. Lindsey Street
Norman, OK 73069

Hosted by Norman Police Department

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator
Modular Two: Crime Scene Analyst
Modular Four: Senior Crime Scene Analyst

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.

Course Topics

  • Equipment Needs
  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Scene Security
  • Photography
  • Search Techniques
  • Note Taking
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Sketching Measurements
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Trace Evidence
  • Latent Impression Evidence
  • Shoe and Tire Track Evidence
  • Tool Mark Evidence, Firearms Evidence
  • Proper Evidence Packaging Techniques
  • Report Writing
  • Courtroom Testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter
    in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI, CCSA and CSCSA examination. Please make sure that you have read the new books as of APRIL 1, 2015. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years of experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and a crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as the President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, Including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
In Partnership with Jan Johnson, CSCSA, President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell retired as Lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigations Division in Shreveport, LA after thirty-one years. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Crime Scene Investigations as well as Latent Print Examinations and he holds an A.S. in Law Enforcement Technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in Business Administration, and a Masters in Forensic Science Administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the LA Division, MS Division, and FL Divisions of IAI. McDonnell has provided training in basic crime scene, advanced crime scene, and fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana Division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their Regional Representative and as Chairman of their Latent Print Certification Committee. He has obtained IAI certification as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Crime Scene Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Jeanette Covey
(405)366-5206 or jeanette.covey@normanok.gov

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Scientific Analysis (ACE-V): From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 27 - 31, 2017

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Training Academy
39395 Pine Street
Pearl River, LA  70452

This is the class which the forensic identification community has been pleading for a long time and one which should become mandatory training for any pattern evidence examiners who are expected to provide expert witness testimony in today's ever changing environment. It combines training in scientific analysis with the skill sets necessary to articulate your opinion while on the witness stand as an expert witness.

We all know that proper application and articulation of scientific principles to forensic evidence is a basic requirement of the modern day forensic practitioner. This five day course will explore and explain basic scientific principles as they pertain to pattern evidence comparisons, conclusions and testimony. Although the primary forensic discipline addressed will be friction ridge analysis, the majority of the instruction will be equally relevant to other pattern evidence disciplines. Practical exercises are designed to show the benefits of questioning information over accepting information as a means of improvement. For an expert witness to be able to convey the scientific reasoning behind their conclusion requires that they fully understand it themselves. Opinions without justification no longer meet the needs of the court and this course is designed to bridge the gap between what has been common practice in the past and what is now required in the post-Daubert environment. This is not a basic courtroom testimony class but should be considered required training for anyone who will be asked to offer scientific opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

I.A.I. Approved Hours for Certification or Re-certification

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for all pattern evidence practitioners, especially friction ridge examiners, regardless of their level of experience. More experienced examiners will be able to learn an improved method of conveying their opinions from a more scientific perspective, while less experienced examiners will be able to develop a method of examination and testimony which will withstand the current and future challenges of our legal system as they develop. The student will be able to not only better understand the scientific principles of their forensic discipline, but they will be able to articulate those principles while offering their opinion testimony as an expert witness.

Course Contact Information

Sergeant Alison Champagne
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
985-774-4390
alisonchampagne@stpso.com

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesApril 3 - 7, 2017

Lee County Sheriff's Office
10070 Intercom Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Hosted by Lee County Sheriff's Office

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.

Course Topics

  • Bloodstain Patterns
  • Lasers and Shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical Applications
  • Photographic and Video Techniques
  • Search, Sketching, and Measuring Techniques
  • Metal Detector Techniques
  • Implementation of Grid Search
  • Physical Evidence in Firearms Cases
  • Case Scenarios: Single-shooting, Multiple-shooting, and Officer-involved crime scenes
  • Trigonometry and Trajectory
  • Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony

Who Should Attend

This is a hands-on course that is specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. This course is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by IAI in Crime Scene Analysis
President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jan Johnson is retired from the State of Florida with over forty years experience in law enforcement. After ten years with the F.B.I., Jan made the transition to crime scene analysis. She is recognized by the IAI as a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst and worked for FDLE in Pensacola, Florida for over twenty-two years. As a laboratory analyst and crime scene examiner, her field of experience includes detection, collection, and preservation of physical evidence, bloodstain pattern interpretation, trajectory analysis, buried body and skeletal remains recovery, clandestine laboratories, and numerous other procedures involving crime scene investigations. Due to her expertise in bloodstain pattern interpretation and crime scene reconstruction and analysis, Jan has testified in hundreds of criminal cases as an expert witness. Before retiring in 2004, Jan spent three years with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office as supervisor of the Crime Scene and Latent Print units, as well as overseer of ECSO's new crime lab, which she designed. Jan served in the highly distinguished role of President of the IAI in 2004, and Chairman of the Board in 2005, and considers herself honored to have been on the IAI's original Crime Scene Certification Board. Jan has served as President for the Florida Division of the IAI in 2007 as well as Chairman of the Board in 2008. She continues to serve on various committees within both the IAI and FDIAI. Jan has taught numerous courses in the areas of both Crime Scene and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation and Crime Scene Reconstruction in the United States and abroad, including South Africa, Brazil, and Bermuda.

Contact Information

Elaine Flaherty
(239) 258-3012 or eflaherty@sheriffleefl.org

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Forensic Art Focus: Composite Drawing – Based on Experience

Scottsdale Artists' SchoolApril 24 - 28, 2017 (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Scottsdale Artists' School
Scottsdale, Arizona

Composite drawing is one of the most commonly needed types of forensic art to aid law enforcement investigations. Accurate sketches from eyewitness descriptions require a thorough knowledge of art, anatomy and psychology. This important new workshop offers the combined skills of three highly accomplished forensic art practitioners and instructors. It offers a unique and unprecedented compilation of years of knowledge and proven keys to success. In particular, this class focuses on ways to go well beyond just copying photos or photo pieces so that artists can achieve more accurate likenesses to the target subjects.

Included will be:

  • Craniofacial anatomy
  • Understanding light on facial structure
  • Rendering techniques for interpretation of form, value & edges on the human face
  • New materials to increase drawing speed and quality
  • Information on cutting edge research on memory, recall and trauma
  • Practical methods to integrate interviewing & sketching during the composite session
  • Depiction of various ancestral and ethnic looks
  • Understanding subtleties of facial expressions
  • Case studies for managing difficult sessions

Attendees will gain insights into various approaches to the interview and facial drawing process and a view of the successful strategies of each of the three instructors. Additionally explored will be evaluation of case circumstances, victim/witnesses and the development of solutions for description terminology. There will be demonstrations of digital drawing of composites using several products for those who want to know more. Overall, attendees will gain many tools for better translating verbal descriptions into accurate visual facial images to aid police.

Graphite - All Levels - $1200/ 5 Days
Workshop tuition includes some supplies. An additional supply list will be available.

Instructors

Stephen Mancusi, New York City Police Department (Retired)
Jorge Molina, Texas Department of Public Safety
Karen T. Taylor, Facial Images and Texas Department of Public Safety (Retired)

Register online at http://scottsdaleartschool.org/course/forensic-art-focus-composite-drawing-based-on-experience/

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Understanding the Human Face with Karen T. Taylor

Scottsdale Artists' SchoolMay 1 - 5, 2017 (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Scottsdale Artists' School
Scottsdale, Arizona

If you struggle to get the desired degree of likeness or just the right expression in your portraits, this might be the class for you! As artists, a better comprehension of the human face in all its complexity and variation can lend an added dimension to our portraits. This unique study-oriented workshop will involve exercises in both drawing and sculpture. It benefits artists working in any medium who seek to accurately and naturalistically depict facial images. We will cover basic craniofacial anatomy, depiction of individual facial features, facial variations due to sex and ancestry, subtleties of growth and aging, along with the myriad expressions that can be read from our faces. Attendees will do multiple exercises to enhance discernment and comprehension of the human visage. Class work and supplemental handouts become tools for future reference. Each artist will master new skills for greater insight into portraiture and have the potential to incorporate a quality of understanding to augment facial observation alone.

Graphite/ Plastilene Clay - All Levels but some sculpture experience helpful, but not required - $950/ 5 Days
Workshop includes both drawing and sculpture exercises. Tuition includes some supplies and use of equipment.

Instructor

Karen T. Taylor, Facial Images and Texas Department of Public Safety (Retired)

Register online at http://scottsdaleartschool.org/course/understanding-the-human-face-2/

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