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

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.APPLY NOW!
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.

It is scheduled to begin October 2, 2017 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.

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Formal Footwear Training Program – Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Forensic PiecesFive Week/Five Month Formal Footwear Training Program
December 5-9, 2016
January 9-13, 2017
February 13-17, 2017
March 20-24, 2017
April 24-28, 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.

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Ongoing Online Courses

10-Hour Online (Self-Paced) Professional Training: Minimizing Bias in Forensic Decision Making

This self-paced online professional training program focuses on Minimizing bias in Forensic Decision Making. This program covers brain and cognitive issues relating to bias and cognitive processing. It then connects the cognitive science issues to practical and specific issues in forensic decision making. In addition to knowledge about the cognitive factors in forensic decision making, the program also provides practical solutions to address weaknesses as well as best practices to enhance forensic practices. Details here

NFSTC Online Course: Digital Crime Scene Photography

NFSTC's 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 provides 16 hours of best practices and vetted processes. 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. 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.


The following classes are listed in chronological order. Click on the title to view the details of the class. You can view which classes have been posted recently here.

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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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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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Forensic Photography

Houston Forensic Science CenterJanuary 9 - 13, 2017

Houston Forensic Science Center
1301 Fannin Street
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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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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Latent Print Techniques

CSI Academy of FloridaJanuary 19, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

Students taking this course will learn the essentials of latent print discovery, processing, recovery, and documentation using powders, superglue, and sticky-side tape agents. Locating and recovering latent fingerprints can make all the difference between solving a crime and putting the file into the "no solvability factors" pile. Recovery of a single latent print can lead to multiple case clearances. Students will be given a basic tool kit that includes a fiberglass brush, black powder, tape, and lift cards at the end of the class that will allow them to continue their skills in the field. 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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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI, CCSA, CSCSA

Forensic PiecesJanuary 23 - 27, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 NW US Highway 441
Alachua, FL 32615

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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:

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 Ten Print Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Debra Mongiardo
(386)518-6300
or debbie@csiacademyflorida.com

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Crime Scene Photography

CSI Academy of FloridaJanuary 30 - February 3, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

Photography is the single most important element of any crime scene investigation. In this course, students will be introduced to the components of a digital, single lens reflex camera and its basic operations. Students will learn how to format an image, terminology, lighting techniques and filter use, alternate light source applications, how to use the flash, low light conditions, and timed exposures. Four hours will be spent on nighttime photography, requiring students to adjust their hours accordingly. Photographic techniques will be practiced in mock crime scene scenarios located indoors, outdoors, in vehicles, and at night. 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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Basic Fingerprint Comparison and Interpretation

Forensic PiecesJanuary 30 - February 3, 2017

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office
1825 Willow Street
Scott, LA 70583

Hosted by Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office

This course serves as an introductory 40-hour session to fingerprints which includes but is not limited to lectures and practical exercises. The target audience will be those with little to no experience in fingerprint comparison for both ten print and latent print examiners. Subjects in this course include the history of friction ridge comparison, fingerprint pattern interpretation and classification, lecture and practical exercises, friction ridge structure and development, basic comparison techniques, latent print development and latent evaluation, comparison documentation, obtaining known standards of fingers and palms, and courtroom testimony basics. This course may also be an excellent review for those preparing for the Ten Print Certification test.

Course Topics

  • Historical perspectives of friction skin
  • Foundation of friction skin as a means of identification
  • Skin structure
  • Pattern interpretation
  • Obtaining known standards foundations
  • Current fingerprint terminology analysis of suitability for comparisons.
  • Red flag indicators
  • Note taking, report writing
  • Court room testimony basics
  • AFIS and digital comparisons.

Who Should Attend

This is a combination lecture and hands on class specifically designed for entry level ten print and latent print examiners. It will befit anyone who has an interest in friction skin comparison, including those who need to brush up their skills.

About Your Instructor:

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
Proudly 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 Ten Print Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Sgt. Larry Brown
(337)236-5607 or larry.brown@lafayettesheriff.com

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 31 - February 2, 2017

Anaheim Police Department - East Station
8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Anaheim, CA 92808

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

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

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Advanced Photography

CSI Academy of FloridaFebruary 6 - 10, 2017

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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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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Basic Forensic Photography

Forensic PiecesFebruary 8 - 10, 2017

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office
50 2nd Street
Shalimar, FL 32579

Hosted by Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

Crime Scene Photography is much more than a "point and shoot" exercise. The thorough and professional documentation of crime scenes and evidence is an important skill to master. Our photography course will begin with how the camera works, the different exposure modes, and how light is evaluated in order to record a quality image. The lessons will then move towards composition and documenting crime scenes with the camera. A thorough examination of a crime scene is a planned and thoughtful process and the class is designed to help students process their crime scenes in a meticulous and quality manner. In addition, students will be given the skills necessary to evaluate challenging photographic subjects, solve those challenges, and record true and accurate photographs that are admissible in a court of law. Special photographic challenges such as macro photography, impression evidence, low-light and flash photography will be presented. The course is an interactive introduction to crime scene photography and is designed for those investigators wanting to improve their skills and abilities in crime scene photography.

Course Topics

  • Camera Operation
  • Exposure Evaluation
    • ISO
    • Aperture
    • Shutter Speed
    • Reciprocity
  • Flash Photography
  • Crime Scene Photography
    • Scene Documentation
    • Crime Scenes
    • Accidents
    • Laboratory
    • Macro Photography
    • Low-Light Photography
    • Hands-On Training Designed to Help Students Evaluate, Solve, and Photograph Challenging Photographic Subjects

Who Should Attend

The photography course is designed for those law enforcement officers, crime scene investigators, and laboratory examiners that are tasked with photographing crime scenes, evidence, and persons involved in crimes.

About Your Instructors:

Kyle King, CSCSA, CFPH
Certified by the IAI in Forensic Photography and as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst

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 training for all in attendance, regardless of their previous photographic experience.

Anthony Dissis, CCSA

Sergeant Thomas Anthony Dissis is a sworn law enforcement member of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office since 1992. The majority of his career has been spent in the Criminal Investigations Division including Undercover Narcotics, Crimes Against Persons - rape/homicide and Crime Scene Investigations. He is court qualified as an expert in several areas of crime scene investigation. Anthony is currently assigned to the Law Enforcement Division and is serving as shift supervisor. He has earned a Master's Degree in Accountancy with a concentration in forensic accounting. His enthusiasm for forensic photography makes him an excellent co-instructor for this photography course. He is certified by the International Association for Identification as a Certified Crime Scene Analyst.

Contact Information

Lisa Hughey
(850)259-8603 or lhughey@sheriff-okaloosa.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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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI, CCSA, CSCSA

Forensic PiecesFebruary 13 - 17, 2017

Flagler County Sheriff's Office
901 East Moody Blvd
Bunnell, FL 32110

Hosted by Flagler 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 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 Ten Print Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Laura Pazarena (386)586-4876
or lpazarena@flaglersheriff.com

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Fire, Arson, and Post Blast Investigations

Forensic PiecesFebruary 13 - 17, 2017

Community Center Training Room
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 precise instruction designed to aid investigators and officers in processing of fire and explosives crime scenes. These investigations are often influenced by dynamics uncommon to most usual crimes. Fire and explosive investigations can occur naturally, accidentally, or intentionally with many criminal cases focusing on political, religious, and complex financial motivations. These cases are often difficult to prove the perpetrator and can make apprehending and convicting a suspect difficult for investigators, prosecutors alike. Arson and post-blast investigators will not only utilize initial response laws, NFPA publications 921,1021, and 1033 in conjunction with departmental policies but also many other established resources to complete a thorough and accurate fire and post-blast crime 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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Courtroom Testimony

CSI Academy of FloridaFebruary 16 - 17, 2017

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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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.February 21 - 23, 2017

Minneapolis Police Department
5th Pct Community Room
3101 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  54408

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

Randy Hanson, Crime Lab Unit Manager
Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab
350 S. 5th Street, Rm 316
Minneapolis, MN  55415

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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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Courtroom Testimony Made Easy

Forensic PiecesFebruary 27 - 28, 2017

Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office
5755 East Milton Road
Milton, FL 32583

Hosted by Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office

This two-day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that are routinely called to testify in court. This class will be interactive and challenge students to think of possible mind provoking court scenarios. Methods of how to make a positive first impression will be presented along with how to overcome any anxieties the student may have about presenting in court. Preliminary information such as a proper pretrial checklist will be presented as well as a discussion on how to handle adversity from attorneys both during direct and cross examination that will help better prepare the individual on how to handle these potentially difficult situations. Both verbal and non-verbal communication techniques will be reviewed and depending on the audience a discussion on how to present technical information to a lay audience may be discussed. The Frye and Daubert standards for expert testimony will also be covered as well as a list of difficult questions encountered in court along with possible answers. The second day will be very interactive and the students will be placed in groups and asked to testify in a moot court scenario.

Course Topics

  • Relating to the jury
  • Appearance and demeanor – making a good first impression
  • Preparing for trial
  • Pretrial checklist and meeting with the attorney
  • Frye and Daubert Standards
  • Effective communication with juries - verbal and non - verbal
  • Court proceedings
  • Presentation skills
  • Handling court adversity

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those who regularly take the stand in a courtroom and would be a helpful for fingerprint examiners. It is a hands-on course specifically designed for crime scene officers with or without experience. It is taught in a manner in which the crime scene officer can easily understand.

About Your Instructor:

Jeff Goudeau, M.S., CSCSA
Certified by IAI
Proudly in Partnership with Jan Johnson, CSCSA, President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Jeff Goudeau is currently the Crime Scene and Firearms Supervisor for the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory. He is a Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst, holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. He is the past President of the Louisiana Association of Forensic Science (LAFS). Jeff also serves on the Ethics Committee and is the Chairman for the 2016 training seminar for the Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE). He is a member of the Association of Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR) and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (IABPA). He is currently an instructor for the National Firearms Examiner Academy and a former professor at Baton Rouge Community College and Our Lady of Lake College. Jeff has also been an instructor for numerous crime scene courses over the span of his career. He is also a routine guest speaker for several colleges and professional organizations. Jeff has published papers in Firearms Examination and Shooting Reconstruction. Jeff also serves as the Region 14 representative for the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network. He's been qualified as an expert witness numerous times in various fields including Firearms Examination, Crime Scene Investigation, and Shooting Reconstruction. He is an active member of the International Association of Identification.

Contact Information

Charlie Peters (850) 983-1289
or cpeters@srso.net

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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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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaMarch 6 - 10, 2017

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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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 6 - 10, 2017

Skokie Police Department
7300 Niles Center Road
Skokie, IL  60077

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

Officer Adam Orozco
Skokie Police Department
847-982-5926
Adam.orozco@skokie.org

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

Forensic PiecesMarch 6 - 10, 2017

Santa Monica Police Department
333 Olympic Drive
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Hosted by Santa Monica 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 the IAI in Crime Scene 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 Ten Print Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Lisa Jackson
(310) 458-8494 or lisa.jackson@smgov.net

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Basic/Advanced Forensic Photography

Forensic PiecesMarch 6 - 10, 2017

Public Safety Training Center
12700 Se 82nd Avenue
Clackamas, OR 97015

Hosted by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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 and coroner investigators, or anyone in which taking good photographs for court purposes is an integral part of what you do, should most definitely 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 Instructors:

Kyle King, CSCSA, CFPH
Certified by the IAI in Forensic Photography and as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst

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 training for all in attendance, regardless of their previous photographic experience.

Anthony Dissis, CCSA

Sergeant Thomas Anthony Dissis is a sworn law enforcement member of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office since 1992. The majority of his career has been spent in the Criminal Investigations Division including Undercover Narcotics, Crimes Against Persons - rape/homicide and Crime Scene Investigations. He is court qualified as an expert in several areas of crime scene investigation. Anthony is currently assigned to the Law Enforcement Division and is serving as shift supervisor. He has earned a Master's Degree in Accountancy with a concentration in forensic accounting. His enthusiasm for forensic photography makes him an excellent co-instructor for this photography course. He is certified by the International Association for Identification as a Certified Crime Scene Analyst.

Contact Information

Sergeant Dan Kraus
(503-969-2690) or dankra@co.clackamas.or.us

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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 6 - 10, 2017

Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory
Forensics and Evidence Division
1371 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO  80204

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

Elizabeth Ennenga, Forensic Scientist
Denver Police Department Crime Laboratory
720-337-2049
elizabeth.ennenga@denvergov.org

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Bloodstain Patterns on Fabrics and Clothing

CSI Academy of FloridaApril 5 - 7, 2017

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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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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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaMarch 20 - 24, 2017

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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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (Documenting – Report Writing – Presenting)

Douglas County Sheriff's OfficeMarch 20 - 24, 2017

Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Forensic Services Division
15345 West Maple Road
Omaha, Nebraska, 68116

Course Description

This 40-hour course was initially designed after a request from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Its primary goal is to have the crime scene investigator become comfortable and proficient with discussing BPA theory as it relates to the scene investigation. The attendee will learn what elements compose the best photographs possible and apply it to scene analysis, and then incorporate them into a BPA report, knowing full well the findings could be discussed in court. They will create and construct demonstrative aids to assist in the testimonial before the court.

In order to meet this goal the following objectives will be made:

  • A renewed BPA awareness of theories and terminology
  • Correct photographic techniques
  • Layout and design theory for a solid, court acceptable BPA report
  • Practical elementary bloodstain pattern experimentation/creation (demonstrative aids)
  • Creation of a demonstrative model of a spatter pattern to illustrate and explain 2D & 3D aspects
  • Opportunities to speak publicly on theory before a group who know the theory

Each attendee will bring with them a PowerPoint presentation consisting of approximately 12 slides (or more) of a bloodletting scene they are knowledgeable on and present it to the class. Each attendee will have previously attended a 40 hour basic BPA course and have a minimum of 1 year crime scene/BPA experience since that class.

Instructor

Craig C. Moore

Craig retired in 2015 after 30 years of service. He has 16 years of experience with the Niagara Regional Police Service's Forensic Services Unit, numerous published articles, and has presented over 150 lectures. He has testified and been accepted as an expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis at the General Division and Superior Court of Justice jurisdictional levels in Ontario, the County Court level in New York State, and he was also called before a Board of Inquiry, with the Canadian Armed Forces, to offer expert opinion on a bloodstain related shooting case. He has been a certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner with the IAI since 2000. In 2006, the IAI recognized his efforts and awarded him the Distinguished Member title, and in 2014, he stepped down from IAI BPA committee standing, after 12 years of service.

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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 20 - 24, 2017

Seminole County Sheriff's Office
Community Room
100 Bush Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773

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 Instructors

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

Stacy Colton, Latent Print Manager
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
407-665-6926
scolton@seminolesheriff.org

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesMarch 20 - 24, 2017

Shreveport Fire and Police Training Academy
6440 Greenwood Rd
Shreveport, LA 71119

Hosted by Shreveport 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
  • 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

Dan Duddy
danny.duddy@shreveportla.gov or (318) 673-7109

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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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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesMarch 27 - 31, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 NW US Highway 441
Alachua, FL 32615

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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

Debra Mongiardo (386) 518-6300
or debbie@csiacademyflorida.com

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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

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

Elk River Police Department
13077 Orono Parkway
Elk River, MN 55330

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

Captain Bob Kluntz
Elk River Police Department
763-635-1200
rkluntz@elkrivermn.gov

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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
  • 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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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 3 - 7, 2017

City of Lakes Building
309 2nd Avenue South, Rm 101
Minneapolis, MN 55401

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

Randy Hanson, Crime Lab Unit Manager
Minneapolis Police Department Crime Lab
350 S. 5th Street, Rm 316
Minneapolis, MN  55415

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Bloodstain Patterns on Fabrics and Clothing

CSI Academy of FloridaApril 5 - 7, 2017

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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Fire, Arson, and Post Blast Investigations

Forensic PiecesApril 17 - 21, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 NW US Highway 441
Alachua, FL 32615

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

Fire, Arson, and Post-Blast Investigations crime scene Processing is an inclusive and practical 40-hour course of precise instruction designed to aid investigators and officers in processing of fire and explosives crime scenes. These investigations are often influenced by dynamics uncommon to most usual crimes. Fire and explosive investigations can occur naturally, accidentally, or intentionally with many criminal cases focusing on political, religious, and complex financial motivations. These cases are often difficult to prove the perpetrator and can make apprehending and convicting a suspect difficult for investigators, prosecutors alike. Arson and post-blast investigators will not only utilize initial response laws, NFPA publications 921,1021, and 1033 in conjunction with departmental policies but also many other established resources to complete a thorough and accurate fire and post-blast crime 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

Debra Mongiardo (386)518-6300
or debbie@csiacademyflorida.com

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 17 - 21, 2017

Sacramento Police Communications Center
7397 San Joaquin Street
Sacramento, CA  95820

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

Lorraine Andrews, AGPA
CA Department of Justice
916-227-5269
Lorraine.Andrews@doj.ca.gov

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Forensic Examination of Violent Crime Scenes

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 24 - 26, 2017

Larimer County Sheriff's Department
2501 Midpoint Dr.
Fort Collins, CO  80526

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

Douglas Young, CCSI

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

Investigator Brian Wangler
Larimer County Sheriff's Department
970-498-5193
wanglebj@co.larimer.co.us

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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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Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaApril 24 - 28, 2017

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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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 24 - 28, 2017

Torrance Police Department
3300 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA  90503

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 Instructors

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

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

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 25 - 27, 2017

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office
6000 Sheriff's Place
Bourne, MA 02532

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

Matt Smith, First Assistant CIO
Barnstable County Sheriff's Office
508-375-6134
mattsmith@bsheriff.net

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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)

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Advanced Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaMay 8 - 12, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This 40-hour course is designed to enhance experienced Crime Scene Search personnel in processing crime scenes and evidence to recover the maximum amount of possible evidence. The course topics include: management, procedures, blood spatter analysis and evidence, presumptive field test blood, digital photography, alternate light source, collection and preservation of trace evidence, gunshot residue, and the recovery of dead bodies. The student who successfully completes this course will have obtained a working knowledge of the advanced scientific methods associated with criminal investigations. The student will additionally have a thorough understanding of how to sequentially process a crime scene to avoid the unnecessary contamination and/or destruction of evidence. 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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Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 16 - 17, 2017

Denver Police Department Crime Lab
1371 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO  80204

This two day seminar is specifically designed to aid the student in understanding and accepting the anxiety of testifying, then taking that concern and channeling it in a positive direction to make them a better witness. Most law enforcement officers, investigators and forensic specialists receive little formal training on proper methods of providing testimony. That presents a significant problem because jury members may assume you are properly trained and that you testify on a regular basis. For most criminal justice witnesses, testifying in court is not a regular part of their schedule and this lack of experience leads to a natural feeling of anxiety when called upon to testify. You will learn that "Fear is Good" because when you are afraid you are also very alert to what is happening around you. Once you learn to utilize and channel this feeling you can make great strides in becoming the witness you want to be and the kind of witness that the jury expects. This seminar is designed to help you accomplish this goal.

Tuition Cost

$300.00

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

16 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

Individuals that have a fear of public speaking (that's just about everyone); Individuals who have not had the opportunity to receive much formal courtroom testimony training; Individuals who are willing to work at identifying their strong points and best talents and build their testimony skills upon those abilities; and Individuals who believe that they can succeed on the witness stand with the help from some training.

Who will be attending this seminar with you?

  • Criminal Investigators
  • DUI Enforcement Officers
  • Narcotics Investigators
  • Uniformed Street Officers
  • Forensic Specialists
  • Crime Scene Investigators
  • Laboratory Experts
  • Criminal Justice Trainers

Course Contact Information

Amy Williams, Forensic Scientist Supervisor
Denver Police Department Crime Lab
720-337-2049
amy.williams@denvergov.org

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Crime Scene Management for First Responders

CSI Academy of FloridaMay 19, 2017

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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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 22 - 26, 2017

Great Falls Police Department
112 1st Street South
Great Fall, MT  59401

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

Detective Derek Mahlum
Great Falls Police Department
406-455-8525
drmahlum@greatfallsmt.net

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Alternate Light Source Applications

CSI Academy of FloridaMay 31 - June 2, 2017

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 Sequential Processing - A Hands On Workshop

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 20 - 23, 2017

Tri-County Regional Forensic Laboratory
13301 Hanson Blvd. NW
Andover, MN  55304

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

Randy Hanson, Crime Lab Unit Manager
Minneapolis Police Department
612-673-3453
Randy.Hanson@minneapolismn.gov

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Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic PiecesJune 26 - 30, 2017

Pacific Place
59 Groce Road
Lyman, SC 29365

The number one reason why most crime scene investigations are unsuccessful 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 and safety
  • Crime scene management
  • Documentation: photography, note taking, searching, sketching, measurements
  • Physical evidence packaging
  • Evidence detection,
  • Documentation, collection preservation of firearms, biological evidence, 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
  • 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, 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

Chris Cantrell
(864) 542-5919 or ccantrell@lymansc.gov

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Sexual Assault Investigations

CSI Academy of FloridaJune 28 - 30, 2017

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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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesAugust 14 - 18, 2017

Citrus County
Emergency Operations Center
3549 Saunders Way
Lecanto, FL 34461

Hosted by Citrus 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: dingle- shooting, multiple-shooting and officer-involved crime scenes
  • Trigonometry and trajectory
  • Report writing
  • 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

Dave Cannaday
dcannaday@sheriffcitrus.org or (352)422-4395

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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesAugust 28 - September 1, 2017

Round Rock Police Department
2701 N. Mays Street
Round Rock, TX 78665

Hosted by Round Rock Police Department

This course was developed for the crime scene technician/analyst, detectives and forensic investigators who have already completed a basic bloodstain pattern analysis workshop and are seeking to learn more advanced skills in documenting, processing, and evaluating those scenes in which bloodshed has occurred. This course will enhance the basic skills and advance the students up to a competency level which is required for independent analysis. Contents of the course will include clothing examination, advanced techniques for blood detection, use of the scientific method and the ability to apply experimental designs to help support your bloodstain pattern interpretations. This course will include critical evaluation of prior cases already prepared as well as analysis of complex mock bloodstain crime scenes. Students will be expected to recognize and identify bloodstain evidence and to properly document and preserve that evidence. At the conclusion of this course students will be able to perform proper interpretation of bloodstain evidence and patterns, as well as prepare a report and render expert opinions. These new skills will be put to the test with a moot court setting at the end of the course in which the students will defend their expert opinions, utilizing their new knowledge, skills and abilities as a bloodstain expert. Students are encouraged to bring a bloodstain case for presentation and peer review.

Course Topics

  • Understanding of bloodstain terminology past, present, and future
  • Recognize and properly document bloodstain patterns
  • Utilization of fundamental knowledge of the principles of math and/or physics which may support or contradict the reconstruction of the scene
  • Knowledge of the scientific method and application to experimental design to support opinions
  • Interpretations of bloodstains for scene reconstruction
  • Preparation of bloodstain reports and expert opinions
  • Courtroom preparation for the bloodstain expert witness
  • Moot court session with peer review

Who Should Attend

This comprehensive, 40-hour course is designed for the student who has previously attended a 40-hour introductory bloodstain pattern identification workshop. This includes the proper documentation of bloodstains and the identification of the physical characteristics of the bloodstain patterns created in violent crime scenes where bloodshed occurs. While prior bloodstain pattern analysis training would be greatly beneficial as a prerequisite to this course, it is not imperative to attend this informative and exciting training opportunity.

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

Scott Cheshire
(512)341-3397 or scheshire@roundrock.gov

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

Forensic PiecesSeptember 18 - 22, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 NW US Highway 441
Alachua, FL 32615

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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 Ten Print Sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Debra Mongiardo (386)518-6300
or debbie@csiacademyflorida.com

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Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic PiecesOctober 2 - 6, 2017

Hillsboro Police Department
250 Se 10th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123

The number one reason why most crime scene investigations are unsuccessful 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 and safety
  • Crime scene management
  • Documentation: photography, note taking, searching, sketching, measurements
  • Physical evidence packaging
  • Evidence detection,
  • Documentation, collection preservation of firearms, biological evidence, 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
  • 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, 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

Rebecca Hawthorne
rebecca.hawthorne@hillsboro-oregon.gov or (503)615-6771

Keri Garcia
kerigarcia@hillsboro-oregon.gov or (503)615-6771

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