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

Ron Smith & Associates National Forensic Quality Manager Training Academy

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.June 20, 2016 thru July 1, 2016 — Pearl, MS
Academy Tuition $2,500.00 with only 25 seats available
Contact Carmen McIntire at 1-866-832-6772 for additional details


Core Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation – Forensic Training Source, LLC

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.August 8, 2016 thru August 26, 2016 — Alcoa, TN
Academy Tuition $3,500 (3,250 each when 2 or more register from the same agency)
COURSE FEE INCLUDES HOUSING provided in 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, luxury apartments

Three weeks of instruction in the Core Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation instructed by a lineup of nationally recognized, top-notch instructors:

  • 40 hours of Crime Scene Photography instructed by John Williams and Kerri McClary
  • 40 hours of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis instructed by Paul Kish
  • 40 hours of Shooting Incident Reconstruction instructed by Jim Molinaro and Howie Ryan

Detailed information available here


National Latent Print Examiner Training Academy (2nd Session) – Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.October 3, 2016 - March 3, 2017
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 April 24, 2016 in Hattiesburg, MS at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Only 25 academy applicants will be selected to attend so apply today! The total cost for this program including academy tuition, 20 weeks room and board, and 3 meals per day is $27,500.00. Click here for complete details, photos, and the admission application.


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

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.Coming Fall 2016
RS&A now offers a Footwear and Tire Track Training Academy which includes 4 weeks of footwear examination training followed by 2 weeks of tire track examination training. Applicants can elect to complete the entire 6 week footwear and tire track academy or break it up and choose only the 4 weeks of footwear training or the 2 weeks of tire track training. The academy graduates of this 6 week program will learn the skills necessary to complete supervised footwear and tire track casework and will be ready to apply for a IAI Footwear Certification once time requirements have been met. It is scheduled to begin Fall of 2016 in Hattiesburg, MS at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Only 20 academy applicants will be selected to attend. For the entire 6 week footwear and tire track academy the cost is set at $11,250.00. The 4 week footwear only academy is set at $7,500.00 and the 2 week tire track only academy is $3,750.00. Cost includes academy instruction, room and board, and 3 meals per day according to training selection. Click here for complete details and to apply for admission today.


Ongoing Online Courses

NFSTC Online Course: Digital Crime Scene Photography

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

NFSTC Online Course: Intro to Crime Scene Investigation

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

NFSTC Online Course: Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation

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

ForensicED.org Online Continuing Education and Training in Forensic Sciences

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


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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI & CCSA

Forensic PiecesMay 31 - June 3, 2016

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

Hosted by Lee County Sheriff's Office

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

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

This course is specifically designed with the goal of enabling students to pass whichever crime scene certification level examination that they are preparing for in the near future. This is a concentrated and fast moving review of either two or three books depending on the examination that you are testing to pass. Every book review will have pre-testing and post-testing composed of hundreds of extracted questions covering every chapter so that students will know their areas of strengths and weaknesses. Whether novice or experienced, this class is a must for maximizing the chances of successfully passing the examinations to improve your credentials and professionalism by becoming certified in the crime scene specialty. Students who attend this course will have a distinct advantage over those who have not attended this dedicated and intensive review course when it comes to testing for the IAI certification examinations.

As always the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification Board will work with the host and hosting facility to facilitate a proctor being present for the last day of class in order for the students to sit for the examination.

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Courtroom Testimony

CSI Academy of FloridaJune 2 - 3, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 6 - 10, 2016

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

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

Jonathan Schmidt, Forensic Specialist
Pasadena Police Department
626-744-6678
jschmidt@cityofpasadena.net

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 7 - 9, 2016

Volusia County Sheriff's Office
William R. Lee Communications Center
3825 Tiger Bay Rd., Suite 161
Daytona Beach, FL 32124

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

Debra DiRienzo, AFIS Operation Manager
Volusia County Sheriff's Office
386-258-4053
ddirienzo@vcso.us

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Basic/Advanced Forensic Photography

Forensic PiecesJune 13 - 17, 2016

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

Hosted by Palm Springs Police Department

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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.June 13 - 17, 2016

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

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

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCJune 13 - 17, 2016

Hosted by the Kent County Sheriff's Office
Presented by Forensic Training Source, LLC
701 Ball Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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

Topics include:

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

Cost

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

Online Registration available by clicking here

Download a course flyer by clicking here

Contact

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

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Crime Scene Management for First Responders

CSI Academy of FloridaJune 14, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Advanced Sequential Processing - A Hands On Workshop

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 14 - 17, 2016

Boston Police Department
Latent Print Unit
One Schroeder Plaza
Boston, MA 02120

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

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

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Sexual Assault Investigations

CSI Academy of FloridaJune 15 - 17, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Palm Print Comparison

Houston Forensic Science CenterJune 15 - 17, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
Houston, TX

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

Price: $350.00

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Firearm Examination for the Nonexaminer

Houston Forensic Science CenterJune 20, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
Houston, TX

Firearms examiners are tasked with examining, analyzing, and interpreting firearms and firearms-related evidence, including bullets and cartridge cases. This course introduces students to the discipline and its practice today, particularly in the Houston Forensic Science Center's firearms section. Experts will survey examination practices and methods, provide a basic overview of latent print and DNA evidence recoverable from firearms, and ensure a practical understanding of how to preserve prints and DNA evidence when handling a firearm. At the end of the eight-hour training, students will have a foundational understanding of the firearms discipline and how to collect and package firearms evidence properly.

Price: $150.00

Contact:
Domingo Villarreal
Houston Forensic Science Center
dvillarreal@houstonforensicscience.org

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaJune 20 - 24, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesJune 20 - 24, 2016

Boca Raton Police And Fire Administration
6500 Congress Ave
Boca Raton, FL 33487

Hosted by Boca Raton Police Department

This comprehensive 40-hour workshop will provide participants training and assistance in the proper recognition of bloodstain pattern evidence. This includes actual laboratory experimentation of blood flight characteristics: motion and force. These experiments will be augmented with lecture material and case presentations for the ultimate purpose of reconstruction of the sequence of events which occurred at the scene of a crime. This is a hands-on workshop that will allow the participants to work individually and in small groups as they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required of a bloodstain pattern analyst. The bloodstain evidence that will be analyzed will include that which is present at the crime scene, in a vehicle, on a victim and/or suspect's clothing, or on discarded evidence such as knives, firearms and other weapons. The instructional atmosphere will be informal and the dress attire will be casual. This course satisfies the International Association for Identification 40 hour basic bloodstain analysis workshop for the purpose of the Bloodstain Pattern Certification Examination.

Course Topics

  1. The participants should acquire a working knowledge of current bloodstain pattern terminology
  2. The participants should have a clear understanding of how blood reacts to motion and force.
  3. The participants should know how to use proper bloodstain documentation techniques, which include sketching, written documentation, and photography.
  4. The participants should be able to identify specific bloodstain pattern evidence at crime scenes, in vehicles, on victims/suspects, and on clothing and weapons.
  5. The participants should acquire the ability to correctly detect, enhance, and preserve serological blood evidence for DNA analysis.
  6. The participants should be able to use the acquired knowledge and skills in order to correctly interpret bloodstain evidence for the purpose of crime scene reconstruction.
  7. The participants will acquire the basic knowledge to enable themselves to be prepared for courtroom presentation of the bloodstain evidence that was collected or documented.

Who Should Attend

This is a hand-on course that will continue where the documentation class left off. It is specifically designed for the Crime Scene Investigator or Analyst designated to be responsible for the detection, documentation, and collection of bloodstain evidence encountered at a crime scene for the purpose of reconstruction. This course is taught in a manner in which the Crime Scene Investigator or Analyst 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

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

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Cold Case Investigation

St. Pteresburg CollegeJune 22 - 24, 2016

Allstate Center
St. Petersburg College
3200 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Cold Case Investigation is a 24 hour course designed for crime scene investigators, cold case investigators laboratory analysts and experienced forensic crime scene students who have the basic skills for evaluating crime scenes. The course will provide proven protocols and methodology in the investigation of cold cases. Students will participate in hands on practical exercises. Students may bring one cold case for group review. IAI approved course.

Course Topics Include

  • Tracking System for multiple cases
  • New Investigative Steps
  • Critical Forensic Evidence Review
  • Hands on Practical Exercises

Presenter

Jan Johnson has over 40 years of law enforcement experience. Jan began her career with the FBI and then transitioned to crime scene analysis. Jan worked for FDLE for over 22 years and is recognized by IAI as a certified crime scene analyst. As a laboratory analysis and crime scene examiner, her experience includes detection, collection, preservation of physical evidence, reconstruction, blood stain pattern, trajectory analysis, buried body, skeletal remains and numerous other crime scene procedures. Jan is considered an expert witness and has testified in that capacity in over one hundred criminal cases. Jan was a member of IAI's original certification board and served as president of IAI in 2004.

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 27 - 29, 2016

Santa Clara County Justice Training Center
19050 Malaguerra Ave.
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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

Jamie Bush, 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

Tim Fayle, Fingerprint Identification Director
Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
408-808-4744
timothy.fayle@sheriff.sccgov.org

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IAI Latent Print Certification Test Preparation Training

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 27 - July 1, 2016

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

This is the ONLY seminar which has been fully reviewed and approved by the JAi Latent Print Certification Board and will serve as a measure of your readiness to take the actual test.

Have you been thinking about taking the International Association for Identification (IAI) Latent Print Certification Examination but are not sure if you are ready? Does you agency require you to be certified within a certain timeframe and that time is approaching? Or, do you wish to achieve the high personal goal of attaining official recognition by the world's largest and oldest forensic organization as a Certified Latent Print Examiner? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this is the course for you. After numerous requests and years of planning, this course has been developed and is now offered to you.

This class will consist of "timed drills" so that the student can learn how to work in a "timed" environment and to assist them in evaluating their strengths and weaknesses in the various areas of the friction ridge science which will be represented on the actual test. Near the end of the week the student will take an 8 hour practice examination representative of the actual IAI certification test, including written questions, pattern interpretations and latent print comparisons.

After the practice examination has been scored and reviewed by the instructors, a general critique of the class results will be conducted and a personal evaluation of the student's strengths and weaknesses will be provided in preparation for the actual test.

Students will receive instructions on:

  • Review of "Searching Smart" skills
  • Review of "Palm Print Orientation/Location
  • Drills for speed
  • Overview of IAI Latent Print Certification Program
  • Review of historical data as it relates to fingerprints
  • Mock IAI Certification Exam

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructors

Debbie Benningfield, CLPE & Charles Richardson, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for those experienced examiners who are eligible, or who will be eligible in the near future to take the IAI Latent Print Certification Test and want to identify their readiness for the examination.

It is important to understand that this course is not designed to teach the students how to apply ACE-V methodology, nor how to conduct latent print comparisons, but rather to evaluate these skills and abilities in a testing environment.

Course Contact Information

Stacy Colton, Latent Print Manager
Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Bush Blvd.
Sanford, FL  32773

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesJune 27 - July 1, 2016

Dallas Police Dept.: In-Service Training
5610 Redbird Center Drive
Dallas, TX. 75327

Hosted by Dallas 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

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

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Staged Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesJuly 6 - 8, 2016

Forensic Pieces
3 W. Garden Street Ste. 618
Pensacola, FL 32502

Hosted by Forensic Pieces

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend?

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Crystal Merrell
(850)332-0141 or crystal@forensicpieces.com

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Examination, Documentation, and Preservation of Bloodstains on Clothing

CSI Academy of FloridaJuly 7, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Human Remains Recovery

CSI Academy of FloridaJuly 11 - 15, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.July 18 - 19, 2016

West Covina City Hall, Community Room
1444 W. Garvey Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790

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

Jan Poirier, Forensic Specialist
West Covina Police Department
626-939-8596
jan.poirier@wcpd.org

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Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesJuly 18 - 22, 2016

Marion County Sheriff's Office
692 Nw 30th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34475

Hosted by Marion County Sheriff's Office

This comprehensive 40-hour workshop will provide participants training and assistance in the proper recognition of bloodstain pattern evidence. This includes actual laboratory experimentation of blood flight characteristics: motion and force. These experiments will be augmented with lecture material and case presentations for the ultimate purpose of reconstruction of the sequence of events which occurred at the scene of a crime. This is a hands-on workshop that will allow the participants to work individually and in small groups as they acquire the necessary knowledge and skills required of a bloodstain pattern analyst. The bloodstain evidence that will be analyzed will include that which is present at the crime scene, in a vehicle, on a victim and/or suspect's clothing, or on discarded evidence such as knives, firearms and other weapons. The instructional atmosphere will be informal and the dress attire will be casual. This course satisfies the International Association for Identification 40 hour basic bloodstain analysis workshop for the purpose of the Bloodstain Pattern Certification Examination.

Course Topics

  1. The participants should acquire a working knowledge of current bloodstain pattern terminology
  2. The participants should have a clear understanding of how blood reacts to motion and force.
  3. The participants should know how to use proper bloodstain documentation techniques, which include sketching, written documentation, and photography.
  4. The participants should be able to identify specific bloodstain pattern evidence at crime scenes, in vehicles, on victims/suspects, and on clothing and weapons.
  5. The participants should acquire the ability to correctly detect, enhance, and preserve serological blood evidence for DNA analysis.
  6. The participants should be able to use the acquired knowledge and skills in order to correctly interpret bloodstain evidence for the purpose of crime scene reconstruction.
  7. The participants will acquire the basic knowledge to enable themselves to be prepared for courtroom presentation of the bloodstain evidence that was collected or documented.

Who Should Attend

This is a hand-on course that will continue where the documentation class left off. It is specifically designed for the Crime Scene Investigator or Analyst designated to be responsible for the detection, documentation, and collection of bloodstain evidence encountered at a crime scene for the purpose of reconstruction. This course is taught in a manner in which the Crime Scene Investigator or Analyst 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

Lt. Chris Vorisek
cvorisek@marionso.com or 352-369-6887

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Alternate Light Source Applications

CSI Academy of FloridaJuly 20 - 22, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.July 20 - 22, 2016

West Covina City Hall, Community Room
1444 W. Garvey Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790

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

Jan Poirier, Forensic Specialist
West Covina Police Department
626-939-8596
jan.poirier@wcpd.org

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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaJuly 25 - 29, 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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Basic Examination and Comparison of Footwear Evidence

Forensic PiecesJuly 25 - 29, 2016

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

Hosted by Lakewood Police Department

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Dwane Hilderbrand, M.Ed, CFWE, CLPE
Certified by IAI In Latent Print Examination, and Footwear Examination
In Partnership with Jan Johnson, CSCSA, President of Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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

Contact Information

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

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

Forensic PiecesJuly 25 - 29, 2016

Shreveport Fire & Police Regional Training Academy
6440 Greenwood Rd
Shreveport, LA 71119

Hosted by Shreveport Police Department

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

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

This course is specifically designed with the goal of enabling students to pass whichever crime scene certification level examination that they are preparing for in the near future. This is a concentrated and fast moving review of either two or three books depending on the examination that you are testing to pass. Every book review will have pre-testing and post-testing composed of hundreds of extracted questions covering every chapter so that students will know their areas of strengths and weaknesses. Whether novice or experienced, this class is a must for maximizing the chances of successfully passing the examinations to improve your credentials and professionalism by becoming certified in the crime scene specialty. Students who attend this course will have a distinct advantage over those who have not attended this dedicated and intensive review course when it comes to testing for the IAI certification examinations.

As always the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification Board will work with the host and hosting facility to facilitate a proctor being present for the last day of class in order for the students to sit for the examination.

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Owen Mcdonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CLPE, CSCSA, CTPE retired as the Lieutenant of the Caddo Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Investigations Division in Shreveport, LA and has over thirty years in the field of Crime Scene Investigations and Latent Print Examinations. He currently serves as a consultant for a number of agencies. He holds a Masters Degree in Forensic Science Administration from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. He serves as an adjunct clinical instructor in the Forensic Science Program at OSU-CHS and as an adjunct instructor / subject matter expert for Texas A&M Extension (TEEX) Forensic Science Program . McDonnell has provided training in basic crime scene, advanced crime scene, shooting reconstruction, Crime Scene Certification Prep, crime scene photography, and fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies. He also conducts workshops and provides lectures at International Association for Identification Annual Education Conference and numerous IAI Division Conferences. He is the past president of the Louisiana Division of the International Association for Identification and served as the LA Division Regional Representative for 20 years. He was a member of the IAI Crime Scene Sub-committee for 10 years and currently serves on the IAI Ten Print Sub-committee.

Contact Information

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

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Core Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic Training Source, LLCAugust 8 - 26, 2016

Three Weeks
Housing Included

Hosted by the Alcoa Police Department
Presented by Forensic Training Source, LLC
2020 N. Wright Rd.
Alcoa, TN 37701

A new offering from Forensic Training Source, LLC!

Three weeks of instruction in the Core Essentials of Crime Scene Investigation instructed by a lineup of nationally recognized, top-notch instructors.

Topics include:

40 hours of Crime Scene Photography instructed by John Williams and Kerri McClary

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

40 hours of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis instructed by Paul Kish

  • History of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Characteristics of Liquid Blood
  • Target Surface Characteristics
  • Stain Size, Shape, Distribution
  • Impact Angle Considerations
  • Establishing Origins of Spatter Patterns
  • Stain Patterns resulting from Gravity
  • Drip and Splash Patterns
  • Projected Blood Patterns
  • Impact Spatter Associated with Beatings
  • Impact Spatter Associated with Gunshot
  • Cast-off Bloodstain Patterns
  • Expirated Bloodstain Patterns
  • Transfer Patterns
  • Altered Bloodstain Patterns
  • Sequencing of Patterns
  • SWGSTAIN Terminology
  • Bloodstain Patterns on Clothing
  • Documentation of Bloodstain Patterns
  • Application of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

40 hours of Shooting Incident Reconstruction instructed by Jim Molinaro and Howie Ryan

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

Cost

$3,500 (3,250 each when 2 or more register from the same agency)
COURSE FEE INCLUDES HOUSING provided in 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, luxury apartments

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

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

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Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaAugust 15 - 19, 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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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.August 22 - 26, 2016

Chattanooga Police Department
Community Room
3410 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406

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

Chattanooga Police Department
3410 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406

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Latent Print Search and Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.August 22 - 26, 2016

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

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

$400.00

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

Jonathan Schmidt, Forensic Specialist
Pasadena Police Department
626-744-6678
jschmidt@cityofpasadena.net

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Medico-Legal Death Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaAugust 29 - September 2, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This course examines the legal/medical investigation of death. Topics include the pathology of trauma, forensic issues relating to the investigation of death and evidentiary factors distinguishing homicide from accidental, natural, or traumatic death. Class discussions will examine the cause, type and manner of death. 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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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.August 30 - September 1, 2016

Oakland County Sheriff's Office
1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Building 38E
Pontiac, MI 48341

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

Robert Koteles, Forensic Lab Specialist
Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Forensic Science Lab
248-858-1661
kotelesr@oakgov.com

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Crime Scene Management for First Responders (Attorneys and Judges)

CSI Academy of FloridaSeptember 9, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Advanced Footwear Impression Examination Class

September 12 - 16, 2016

Department of Safety, State of New Hampshire
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, New Hampshire 03305

This course is designed for law enforcement and laboratory personnel who conduct forensic examination of footwear evidence and render opinions and provide written reports in this discipline. Because the level of instruction in this course will presume some basic knowledge and experience in this field, this class is not recommended for new examiners or those with minimal prior training.

Goal

To explore issues that arise once an examiner is actively working footwear impression evidence cases and to further develop their ability to arrive at and communicate their conclusions.

Purpose

This 4.5 day course will apprise experienced examiners of new research, techniques, products, manufacturing updates and other topics relevant to maintain and improve their current proficiency in this discipline. The course will include challenging casework issues, include joint work on case examples and explore accurate and reliable conclusions through hands on examination and active discussions. This course will address the composition of a thorough examination method; the complete documentation and recording of that method in accordance with current standards; and will focus on reporting in a manner that transparently and clearly conveys results and opinions of the examiner.

Tuition Cost

$850.00

Course Instructors

William J. Bodziak and Lesley Hammer

Course Contact Information

William Bodziak
wbodziak@earthlink.net

Lesley Hammer
hammer.forensics@gmail.com

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Crime Scene Photography

CSI Academy of FloridaSeptember 12 - 16, 2016

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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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson County Sheriff's Office
Criminalistics Laboratory
11890 S. Sunset Drive
Olathe, KS  66061

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction 1 Course

Everett Baxter Jr Forensics, LLCSeptember 12 - 16, 2016

Tulsa Police Department
6066 E 66 th St. N.
Tulsa, OK 7 4117

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

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

Course Content

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

Tuition Cost

$495.00

Course Instructor

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

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

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Forensic Anthropology: Bone Identification

Houston Forensic Science CenterSeptember 15 - 16, 2016

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

Skeletal remains are frequently encountered in a variety of forensic contexts. It is crucial to differentiate early in the investigative process between human and nonhuman remains. This saves time, expense and manpower. The distinction between human and nonhuman remains is made by recognizing and utilizing the structural and developmental patterns of the skeleton. In many forensic contexts, identifying skeletal remains as nonhuman helps avoid lengthy and unnecessary death investigations. This two-day workshop is designed for law enforcement, crime scene technicians, death investigators and others who may encounter skeletal remains in the course of their duties. The workshop teaches investigators to recognize the skeletal remains of various animal species that may commonly be encountered in North America and to distinguish them from human skeletal remains. Those who complete the course will not become experts in skeletal identification and should still rely on the expertise of a trained osteologist or forensic anthropologist when necessary. No previous experience or training in identifying skeletal remains is required.

Price: $295.00

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Comparison of Plantar Friction Ridge Impressions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 19 - 20, 2016

Glendale Police Department - Community Room
131 N. Isabel St.
Glendale, CA 91206

Due to their infrequent submission into forensic laboratories, friction ridge impressions recovered at the scene of a crime that originate from the foot/sole (plantar) can challenge even the most tenured comparison analyst. Additionally, it is very likely that if you have never received formal training specific to analyzing and comparing plantar impressions, you have probably misinterpreted a plantar impression as coming from a palm or a finger! Even if the interpretation, analysis and comparison is not problematic, what are the subsequent legal aspects? This 16-hour course is designed to provide the participant with the biological fundamentals, legal admissibility scenarios, source recognition, recording techniques and a vigorous practical comparison experience with plantar friction ridge impressions.

Numerous practical exercises, supplemented by lectures and discussion are among the techniques used to provide the attendee with a tangible comparison experience with plantar impressions. The attendee will leave the course with valued experience and an increased knowledge of associated philosophies and methodologies.

Tuition Cost

$300.00

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

16 Hours

Course Instructor

Jon Stimac, CLPE

Target Audience

This course is designed for the intermediate-level student; it is not an introductory-level course. Tenured analysts will benefit from both the course content and the practical exercises, but attendees without prior comparison experience or at basic-level of comparison experience should satisfy that level of training prior to participating in this course. Students with experience levels between six months and 20+ years have attended this course.

Course Contact Information

Danielle Tiesma, Forensic Specialist
Glendale Police Department-Forensic Services Unit
818-937-8557
dtiesma@glendaleca.gov

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Forensic DNA Relationship Training: Session 1 & Session 2

Marshall University Forensic Science CenterSeptember 19 - 22, 2016

Marshall University Forensic Science Center
Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University Forensic Science Center offers Forensic Relationship Training, as part of our Forensic DNA Training Program. Laboratory analysts interested in implementing cases related to biological relationships (paternity/maternity, body identification, mass disasters, etc.) into their current workflow will benefit from the training sessions we provide. In May of 2016 we are offering Session 1 and Session 2 consecutively for a comprehensive 4 day training. Register for single sessions or register for Session 1 & 2 Combined to receive a 15% discount off the standard registration fee.

Forensic DNA Relationship Training: Session 1 - General Relationships

16 Continuing Education Hours, September 19 - 20, 2016

This training session provides the tools to implement DNA relationship testing for the most commonly encountered cases.

Previous experience in relationship comparisons is not required for Session 1, though individuals should have a basic knowledge of forensic DNA applications.

Topics include:

  • History & Evolution of Relationship Testing
  • Statistics Review & Relationship Specific Statistics
  • Standard Trio, Single Parent & Reverse Comparisons
  • Relevant Standards in Relationship Testing
  • Reporting and Testifying to Results

Forensic DNA Relationship Training: Session 2 - Advanced Relationships

16 Continuing Education Hours, September 21 - 22, 2016

This training session provides logic to resolve complex DNA kinship analysis for cases involving body identification, mass identification/mass disasters and familial searching.

Previous experience with DNA relationship comparisons is highly recommended for Session 2. This training is statistically intensive.

Topics include:

  • Review of Relationship Statistics
  • Full & Half Siblings
  • Multi Sibling
  • Avuncular
  • Multi Avuncular
  • Grandparentage
  • Mass Disaster Identifications
  • Familial Searching

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. In addition, attendees can voluntarily participate in a post-training test. Any attendee scoring 80% or higher on the test will also receive a Certificate of Competency.

For complete training description and registration visit: http://forensics.marshall.edu/Training/Training-Relationship.html

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Contact Information

Judy Fry
Telephone: 304-691-8959
Email: jafry@marshall.edu

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 19 - 23, 2016

Lady Luck Casino Black Hawk
340 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422

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

Donna Taylor, Deputy Coroner
Gilpin County Coroner's Office
719-221-3716
dtaylor.colorado@yahoo.com

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IAI Crime Scene Certification Exam Preparation: CCSI and CCSA Levels

Houston Forensic Science CenterSeptember 19 - 23, 2016

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

This course will prepare crime scene professionals for the International Association for Identification (IAI) exam for Certified Crime Scene Investigator and Certified Crime Scene Analyst. The weeklong class provides an intensive review of required textbook materials. The class is a mixture of lectures, discussion, quizzes and practice questions. Additional focus will be placed on study hints, tips and test-taking strategies. The instructor is an IAI CSCSA with 20 years of teaching and exam writing experience. HFSC will also host the exam on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

All attendees must read the required textbooks prior to the course.

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

CCSI

  1. Crime Scene Photography, 2nd ed., by Robinson, Edward, 2010, Elsevier Science & Technology Books (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, 8 and 12)
  2. Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, 2nd ed., by Gardner, Ross M., 2012, CRC Press

CCSA

  1. Crime Scene Photography, 2nd ed., by Robinson, Edward, 2010, Elsevier Science & Technology Books (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, 8, and 12)
  2. Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 8th ed., by Fisher, Barry and Fisher, David, 2012, CRC Press

The Houston Forensic Science Center will host the exam the Saturday immediately following the course. To take this exam, the IAI must review applications 90 days in advance or by June 24. Applicants should state they "intend to sit for a group exam to be proctored by the Houston Forensic Science Center on Saturday, September 24 at 9 a.m."

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

Price: $495.00

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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern ID

Forensic PiecesSeptember 19 - 23, 2016

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

Hosted by Palm Springs 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

  1. Understanding of bloodstain terminology past, present, and future
  2. Recognize and properly document bloodstain patterns
  3. Utilization of fundamental knowledge of the principles of math and/or physics which may support or contradict the reconstruction of the scene
  4. Knowledge of the scientific method and application to experimental design to support opinions
  5. Interpretations of bloodstains for scene reconstruction
  6. Preparation of bloodstain reports and expert opinions
  7. Courtroom preparation for the bloodstain expert witness
  8. 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. Therefore, all students are required to have Bloodstain Pattern Identification, or similar training, as a prerequisite to this course. Documentation of previously attended training course(s) must be submitted with the application of this course.

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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Forensic Examination of Violent Crime Scenes

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 20 - 22, 2016

Forsyth County Public Safety Training Center
3520 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30028

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

Sarah Stowers, CS Technician
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office-CSU
678-513-5938
sgstowers@forsythco.com

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Latent Print Techniques

CSI Academy of FloridaSeptember 22, 2016

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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Courtroom Testimony Made Easy

Forensic PiecesSeptember 22 - 23, 2016

Jupiter Police Department
210 Military Trail
Jupiter, FL 33458

Hosted by Jupiter Police Department

This two-day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that routinely get called to testify in court. The class will be interactive and challenge students to think of scenarios. Methods of how to make a good first impression will be presented along with how to overcome anxiety for students who may experience that. Preliminary information such as a proper pretrial checklist will be presented. A discussion of how to handle adversity from attorneys both during direct and cross examination will help prepare students on how to handle these situations. Both verbal and non-verbal communication techniques will be discussed. Depending on the audience, a discussion of how to present technical information to a lay audience will be discussed along with the Frye and Daubert standards for expert testimony. A list of difficult questions encountered in court along with possible answers will be discussed among the class. 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 checklists and meeting with the attorney
  • Expert Testimony vs. Lay Testimony
  • Frye and Daubert standards
  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  • Court Proceedings
  • Presentation Skills
  • Handling Adversity

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for those who regularly take the stand in a courtroom. This is a hands-on course that is 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

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 approximately 50 times in various fields including Firearms Examination, Crime Scene Investigation, and Shooting Reconstruction.

Contact Information

Teresa Bryant
561-741-2359 or teresab@jupiter.fl.us

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Crime Scene Photography

CSI Academy of FloridaSeptember 23, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

Students taking this course will learn the basic procedures of crime scene documentation via photography. Showing a fair and accurate depiction of the scene is paramount to photographic documentation. Students will be shown how to correctly format photography, use the on-camera flash, photography evidence in situ with and without number placards, and how to photographically place evidence into a crime scene for courtroom presentation. This class is ideal for police officers responsible for documenting uncomplicated scenes that do not require or fall under the need for a crime scene investigator. Nikon D80 or Canon 20D camera kits will be provided to students for use during this course. 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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Staged Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesSeptember 26 - 28, 2016

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

Hosted by Spokane County Sheriff's Office Regional Trainging Center

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend?

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Advanced Photography

CSI Academy of FloridaSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction 1 Course

Everett Baxter Jr Forensics, LLCSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

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

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

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

Course Content

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

Tuition Cost

$495.00

Course Instructor

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

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

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Forensic Photography and IAI Forensic Photography Certification Preparation Course

September 26 - 30, 2016

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

About the Workshop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fees and Registration

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

Equipment Needs

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

Hotel Information

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

About the Instructors

Eric Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

George Reis

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

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Crime Scene Photography

Forensic Training Source, LLCSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

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

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

This course includes:

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

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

Cost

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

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCSeptember 26 - 30, 2016

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

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

Topics include:

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

Cost

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

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

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

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Advanced Crime Scene for Law Enforcement

Forensic PiecesOctober 3 - 7, 2016

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

Hosted by Universtiy of North Alabama Public Safety Institute

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Latricia Hensley - latriciah7@gmail.com

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

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

Montgomery Co Sheriff's Office Training Facility
6955 Janet Warner Road
Montgomery, AL 36108

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

Sgt. Thomas Griffith, Training Coordinator
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office
(334) 832-1645
ThomasGriffith@mc-ala.org

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Latent Print Search and Comparison Techniques

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

Denver Crime Laboratory
1371 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80204

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Jon Stimac, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCOctober 3 - 7, 2016

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

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

Topics include:

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

Cost

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

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

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

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Complex Latent Print Examination

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students will receive instructions on:

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Debbie Benningfield, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Courtroom Testimony

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 6 - 7, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

36 Hours

Course Instructor

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

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesOctober 10 - 14, 2016

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

Hosted by U.S. Park Police

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

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Crime Scene Management for First Responders

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 11, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Sexual Assault Investigations

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 12 - 14, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Crime Scene Investigation Course

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

Springhill Suites
1 Riverfront Plaza
Lawrence, KS 66044

Hosted by Lawrence, Kansas Police Department

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

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

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

Course Content

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$545.00

Course Instructor

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

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

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaOctober 17 - 21, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 17 - 21, 2016

Chattanooga Police Department
Community Room
3410 Amnicola Highway
Chattanooga, TN 37406

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

Sgt. Heather Williams, CS Unit
Chattanooga Police Department
423-643-5290
hwilliams@chattanooga.gov

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Advanced Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesOctober 17 - 21, 2016

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

Hosted by Virginia Beach Police Department

This advanced five day/40 hour course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will have a brief review of basic techniques and skills that may have been acquired in other courses but will quickly expand their knowledge base and skillset with advanced techniques acquired through lecture and hands-on performance of exercises designed to test the attendees ability to put all the pieces together. At the conclusion of the course the attendees will have acquired the ability to be able to generate a shooting reconstruction report for the purposes of ultimately providing expert testimony. The Mock scenes for this course were specifically designed to assist the attendee in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction. The course will be challenging but will yield the attendee great rewards in advancing their abilities in shooting reconstruction scenes.

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Formal Footwear Training Program

Forensic Pieces

Session I
Session II
Session III
Session IV
Session V




October 17 - 21, 2016
November 28 - December 2, 2016
January 9 - 13, 2017
February 13 - 17, 2017
March 20 - 24, 2017

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

Hosted by Indian River Sheriff's Office

This training program was designed to lead a cohort group of entry level footwear and tire track examiner trainees through sequential course offerings in preparation for working and handling footwear and tire track examinations and comparisons. Also it will prepare attendees for the International Association for Identification footwear certification examination. The Footwear Training Program consists of five in-depth courses, including an outsole and tire treads factory 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 and meets all the necessary requirements under the IAI for certification and will include letters of recommendation upon request. Under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Organization of Science Area Committees for Footwear and Tire Tracks (OSAC) committee guidelines.

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

Who Should Attend

This comprehensive, formal footwear training program is designed for the criminal evidence analysts and forensic scientists with the responsibility of examining and comparing footwear impression evidence and for those wishing to start a career in the examination and comparison of footwear evidence.

About Your Instructor:

Dwane Hilderbrand, M. Ed, CFWE, CLPE

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

Contact Information

Kelly Hare
khare@ircsheriff.org or (772)-978-6137

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International Forensic Photography Workshop

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

Miami Dade County Medical Examiner Department
Miami, FL

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

Course Topics Include:

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

Tuition: $825.00: Includes all course materials and lunches

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

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

Forensic PiecesOctober 31 - November 4, 2016

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

Hosted by allas Police Department

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Dwane Hilderbrand, M.Ed, CFWE, CLPE

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

Contact Information

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

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Palm Print Comparison

Houston Forensic Science CenterNovember 2 - 4, 2016

Houston Forensic Science Center
Houston, TX

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

Price: $350.00

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Examination, Documentation, and Preservation of Bloodstains on Clothing

CSI Academy of FloridaNovember 3, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$300.00

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

16 Hours

Course Instructor

Dan Craft

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop

Forensic PiecesNovember 7 - 11, 2016

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

Hosted by Indiana State Police

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Kathleen Bright-Birnbaum, CLPE

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

Contact Information

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

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

Forensic PiecesNovember 7 - 11, 2016

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

Hosted by Boca Raton Police Department

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

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

This course is specifically designed with the goal of enabling students to pass whichever crime scene certification level examination that they are preparing for in the near future. This is a concentrated and fast moving review of either two or three books depending on the examination that you are testing to pass. Every book review will have pre-testing and post-testing composed of hundreds of extracted questions covering every chapter so that students will know their areas of strengths and weaknesses. Whether novice or experienced, this class is a must for maximizing the chances of successfully passing the examinations to improve your credentials and professionalism by becoming certified in the crime scene specialty. Students who attend this course will have a distinct advantage over those who have not attended this dedicated and intensive review course when it comes to testing for the IAI certification examinations.

As always the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification Board will work with the host and hosting facility to facilitate a proctor being present for the last day of class in order for the students to sit for the examination.

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Forensics for the Patrolman

Forensic PiecesNovember 10 - 11, 2016

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

Hosted by Universtiy of North Alabama Public Safety Institute

The number one reason why most crime scene investigations fail is that there was inadequate crime scene processing. Working a crime scene, whether minor or major, is a process that involves a wide range of skills. This course was developed as a refresher workshop for some patrol officers, or for the new officers 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 some techniques you may have already acquired and assist in the development of new techniques which you may not be aware of in crime scene examinations. Forensic science is forever changing and new techniques and equipment are being developed to assist the law enforcement officer with the challenges of the "every scene every time" concept, and always striving for perfection.

Course Topics

  • Crime Scene Safety
  • Equipment Needs
  • Scene Security
  • Photography
  • Search Techniques
  • Note Taking, Report Writing
  • General Documentation of Physical Evidence
  • Sketching, Measurements
  • Biological Evidence Detection and Collection
  • Trace Evidence
  • Latent Impression Evidence
  • Awareness of Tire Track Evidence
  • Proper Evidence Packaging Techniques
  • Court Room Testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Latricia Hensley - latriciah7@gmail.com

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Human Remains Recovery

CSI Academy of FloridaNovember 14 - 18, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Forensic Training Source, LLCNovember 14 - 18, 2016

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

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

Topics include:

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

Cost

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

Online Registration available by clicking here

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Contact

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

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesNovember 14 - 18, 2016

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, 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

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

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Alternate Light Source Applications

CSI Academy of FloridaNovember 30 - December 2, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

CSI Academy of FloridaDecember 5 - 9, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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

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

Boston Police Academy
85 Williams Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesDecember 5 - 9, 2016

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

Hosted by Palm Springs Police Department

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

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaDecember 12 - 16, 2016

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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IAI Crime Scene Certification Exam Preparation: CSCSA Level

Houston Forensic Science CenterDecember 12 - 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: $495.00

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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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