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.


Ongoing Online Courses

NFSTC Online Course: DNA Analyst Training

NFSTC's course is the only DNA analyst online training with updates to conform to and include the latest FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS), new techniques and technologies. Your analysts will have access to a consistent knowledge base to get them up to speed quickly. Training can be accomplished in as little as 6 months, far less than the standard 12-24 months. Assessment reports are available for Technical Leaders. The program is used as the knowledge base for new analysts in the laboratory, and can also be offered as supplement to university course work. Details here

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

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

NFSTC Online Course: Digital Crime Scene Photography

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

NFSTC Online Course: Intro to Crime Scene Investigation

NFSTC's Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation online course provides 16 hours of best practices and vetted processes. This course, developed for new crime scene investigators and law enforcement first responders, offers a step-by-step introduction to scene processing and evidence collection. Details here

NFSTC Online Course: Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation

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

ForensicED.org Online Continuing Education and Training in Forensic Sciences

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


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RS&A Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 22 - 24, 2018

Galveston County Sheriff's Office
601 54th Street
Galveston, TX  77551

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

Corporal Lucio G. Martinez III
Galveston County Sheriff's Office
409-766-2550
Lucio.Martinez@co.galveston.tx.us

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RS&A Scientific Analysis: From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 22 - 26, 2018

Boca Raton Police Services Department
100 NW 2nd Avenue
Boca Raton, FL  33432

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

Amy Flagler, Latent Print Examiner
Boca Raton Police Services Department
561-338-1259
aflagler@ci.boca-raton.fl.us

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I

Libra Forensic Consulting, LLCJanuary 22 - 26, 2018

Poco Diablo Resort
AZ-179
Sedona, AZ 86336
www.pocodiablo.com

Libra Forensic Consulting is offering a 40 hr. BPA course. This course is designed for any officer or technician involved in criminal or forensic investigations. The course will allow the attendee to demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, history, science and mathematics surrounding bloodstain pattern analysis. The objectives of this course follow the requirements of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the IABPA approves our course.

Students who attend this course should wear casual attire that they can move freely in. A DSLR camera with flash, tripod and macro lens is needed. Laptop computer is recommended.

Tuition Cost

$525.00
Payment accepted through PayPal, check or purchase order.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development & history of BPA
  • Demonstrate understanding of the limitations of BPA
  • Identify proper and improper protective measures to follow in a scene
  • Recognize both spatter and non-spatter bloodstain patterns
  • Determine impact angles, area of convergence and origin for impact spatter patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to document bloodstains and bloodstain patterns for courtroom purposes
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and describe them with correct terminology

Course Contact Information

Visit www.libraforensics.com to register

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

Forensic PiecesJanuary 22 - 26, 2018

City of Melbourne
Police Department
701 S. Babcock Street
Melbourne, FL 32935

Hosted by City of Melbourne 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. If you wish test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: https://www.theiai.org/certifications/crime_scene/requirements.php

This course is a book review. In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below:

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

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

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA)

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

Course Topics

  • Equipment needs
  • Crime scene safety
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructors:

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

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

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell is a retired lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations division in Shreveport, LA after thirty one years. He has over twentyfive years of experience in the field of crime scene investigations as well as latent print examinations and he holds an A.S. in law enforcement technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in business administration, and a Masters in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida divisions of the IAI. Owen has provided training in basic and advanced crime scenes, fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their regional representative and as chairman of their latent print certification committee. Owen is certified as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Ten Print sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Kristen Meadows or Priscilla Carrera (321) 608-6314
or kristen.meadows@mlbfl.org; priscilla.carrera@mlbfl.org

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RS&A Forensic Digital Imaging for Latent Print Examiners: Extend Your Reach

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 23 - 26, 2018

Orange County Sheriff's Department
Katella Training Facility
1900 W. Katella Avenue
Orange, CA  92867

Based on Adobe Photoshop, relevant plug-ins and other software, this four day workshop is designed to enable the attendee to understand and explain digital theory and methodology. Through extensive hands on exercises, to make an effective image diagnosis and to decide how and when to use these valuable tools in order to extract the maximum amount of information from problem images. We will also cover how to maintain the integrity of both images and procedures through tracking and documentation and present evidence in court.

Topics covered will include:

  • Essential digital theory and techniques
  • How to extract the maximum amount of information from problem images
  • Image diagnosis - how and when to use these valuable tools
  • Legal precedents
  • How to prepare to tender digital evidence
  • The featured software is Photoshop but other software options are also discussed.

Attendees will receive:

  • A tutorial & reference manual covering all information in the workshop
  • A DVD with more than 150 tutorial images and more
  • A custom demo/tutorial copy of ImagePro Plus
  • A certificate of completion

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

32 Hours

Course Instructor

Brian Dalrymple

Target Audience

You should attend this course:

  • If you examine crime scenes and exhibits for fingerprints, shoeprints and other types of impression evidence
  • If you suspect that your images contain more critical information than chemistry and conventional photography alone can reveal
  • If you are unsure of the science or legal history behind digital techniques
  • If you do not understand digital theory
  • If you are unsure of the power and reliability of digital techniques
  • If your department is investigating the acquisition of image enhancement software
  • If you have an AFIS and wish to optimize the quality of impressions for search

Course Contact Information

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

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RS&A Latent Print Search and Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 29 - February 2, 2018

Central Illinois Police Training Center
5407 North University
Poplar Hall P100
Peoria, IL  61614

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Jon Stimac, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

Michael Oyer, Director
Central Illinois Police Training Center
309-690-7350
Michael.oyer@icc.edu

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesJanuary 29 - February 2, 2018

Staff Development Center
1400 W. Irene Road
Zachary, LA 70791

Hosted by Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Jeff Goudeau
(225) 925-7545 or jeff.goudeau@la.gov

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Fire, Arson, and Post-Blast Investigations

Forensic PiecesJanuary 29 - February 2, 2018

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

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Bruce Willis, B.S., M.S.
Certified by the IAI
Co-Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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

Contact Information

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

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RS&A Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.January 29 - February 2, 2018

Buena Park Police Department
6640 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA  90622

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

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

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesFebruary 5 - 9, 2018

Dallas Police Department
Shooting Range
3200 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75236

Hosted by Dallas Police Department

This comprehensive five day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will examine the firearm residue for estimated distance determination from the position of the shooter to the victim and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.

Course Topics

  • Physical evidence in firearms cases
  • Photographic and video techniques
  • Search, sketching and measuring techniques
  • Metal detector techniques
  • Implementation of grid search
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Trigonometry and trajectory
  • Lasers and shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical applications
  • Case scenarios: single- shooting, multiple-shooting
    and officer-involved shooting crime scenes
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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RS&A Complex Latent Print Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.February 5 - 9, 2018

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
4700 W. Midway Road
Fort Pierce, FL  34981

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

Donna Carmichael, CS Supervisor
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
772-462-3312
carmichaeld@stluciesheriff.com

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Crime Scene Investigation Course (80 Hours)

Baxter ForensicsFebruary 5 - 9 and 12 - 16, 2018

North Las Vegas PD Training
2250 Las Vegas Blvd
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
5th Floor of City Hall

Hosted by North Las Vegas 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.

Instructor

Everett Baxter Jr. has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – EMS and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry. He has over 25 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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Courtroom Testimony: A Practical Approach

Forensic PiecesFebruary 12 - 13, 2018

Keiser University – West Palm Beach Campus
2085 Vista Parkway
West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Hosted by Keiser University West Palm Beach Campus – Forensic Investigation Program

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Jeff Goudeau, M.S., CSCSA
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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

Contact Information

Maria Golonski
mgolonski@keiseruniversity.edu or (315) 289–7627

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Child and Infant Death Investigations

Forensic PiecesFebruary 21 - 23, 2018

City of Wylie Municipal Complex
300 Country Club Road
#300
Wylie, TX 75098

Hosted by Wylie Police Department

Crime scene technicians and investigators from all levels will benefit from this training as we cover the topic of child and infant death investigations. The presentation will cover medicolegal, crime scene, and autopsy finding aspects of the subject. We will specifically discuss scene processing, evidence collection and investigative techniques as they relate to child death investigations. Child and infant death investigations require a unique approach and can be complicated for even the most seasoned investigator. The training will thoroughly cover the numerous aspects of these investigative cases and promote critical thinking and evaluation of these crime scenes and all the puzzle pieces to help delineate homicides from accidental and natural deaths, even in the subtlest of cases. Actual case scenarios will be presented with attendees solving the case in small working groups to conduct hands-on review of forensic materials. All in attendance shall benefit from the examples and presentations on this complex subject will expand their knowledge in this area!

Course Topics

  • Classification of child SIDS deaths
  • Accidental v homicide deaths
  • Abusive head trauma
  • Retinal hemorrhages
  • Shaken baby syndrome (Non-accidental trauma)
  • Child abuse injuries
  • Scene photography
  • Note-taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Measurements
  • Biological evidence Detection and collection,
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony (time permitting)

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to educate crime scene technicians, detectives and investigators of all levels. State Attorneys, Defense Attorneys, as well as nurses and child protection team personnel will benefit from the presented materials.

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Mark Johnson
(972) 429-8013 or mark.johnson@wylietexas.gov

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RS&A Advanced ACE-V Applications for Fingerprint Examiners

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.February 26 - March 2, 2018

Laguna Hills Community Center
25555 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA  92653

This course takes ACE-V to the next level. In the course, we deconstruct ACE-V into the various stages and perform exercises, individually and as a group, to demonstrate the course material. We will explore significant decisions and steps during each of the phases of ACE-V: Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification. Students taking this course will have a greater appreciation for the complexities of ACE-V and decision making, will be knowledgeable of the most current research and standards regarding ACE-V, and will be exposed to complex current issues (such as bias, error rate, probabilistic reasoning, etc.). The course gives a proper framework to explore the many sides of the more complex issues in the fingerprint domain. All material will be supported by research data, references, and ample sources for the students to explore.

We will explore significantly complex fingerprint comparisons in this course. We will also cover issues relating to the 2009 National Academy of Science Report on forensic sciences. Specifically we will address issues such as "individualization" philosophy, error rates, and discuss the relevant research and data that are available on these topics.

This course is a must for any examiner who is struggling with issues in performing or testifying to ACE-V fingerprint examinations in a post-Daubert or post-NAS environment. The course explores many different ways of addressing these critical areas with new research, data, and philosophies.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Glenn Langenburg, PhD, CLPE, F-ABC

Target Audience

This is a more advanced and complex course, with some assumption that the student has previously been exposed to the basics of ridgeology, ACE-V, Daubert issues, distortions, and complex analyses. Ideally the student will have a minimum of 2 years in latent print work or 8 years in 10-print work. The course deals with complex issues such as "uncertainty", "error rates", "cognitive bias", and "complex distortions". As such students should come prepared to hear new views and see new research on these topics. This course is recommended by the instructor and Ron Smith & Associates, Inc. for agencies dealing with issues of meeting accreditation requirements specifically related to documenting and understanding the process of ACE-V or finding new ways to deal with the criticisms in the 2009 NAS report of forensic sciences.

Course Contact Information

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

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

Forensic PiecesFebruary 26 - March 2, 2018

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

Hosted by Round Rock 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. If you wish test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: /certifications/crime_scene/requirements.php

This course is a book review.

In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below for those who apply after April 1, 2018:

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) Module 1

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, and 8 thru 12)
  • Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, 2nd ed. by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) Module 2

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Chapters 10 thru 12)
  • Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 8th ed. by Fisher, Barry and Fisher, David, 2012, CRC Press

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) Module 4

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Pages 712-735)
  • Effective Expert Witnessing: Practices for the 21st Century, 5th ed. By Matson, Jack V., 2013, CRC Press (All chapters EXCEPT 8 and 9)
  • Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, 4th ed. by James, Stuart H., Nordby, Jon J., and Bell, Suzanne, 2013, CRC Press

Course Topics

  • Equipment needs
  • Crime scene safety
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructors:

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

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

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell is a retired lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations division in Shreveport, LA after thirty one years. He has over twentyfive years of experience in the field of crime scene investigations as well as latent print examinations and he holds an A.S. in law enforcement technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in business administration, and a Masters in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida divisions of the IAI. Owen has provided training in basic and advanced crime scenes, fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their regional representative and as chairman of their latent print certification committee. Owen is certified as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Ten Print sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

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

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RS&A Complex Latent Print Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 5 - 9, 2018

West Covina City Hall
1st Floor Conference Room
1444 W. Garvey Avenue
West Covina, CA 91790

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

Jan Poirier, Forensic Specialist
West Covina Police Department
626-523-3981
jan.poirier@wcpd.org

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RS&A Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 12 - 16, 2018

Skokie Police Department
7300 Niles Center Road
Skokie, IL  60077

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Mike Campbell

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Documenting – Report Writing – Presenting

SeeMoreForensicsMarch 12 - 16, 2018

New Jersey State Police Troop "A" Headquarters
1045 SH 54
Williamstown, N.J. 08094

Hosted by: New Jersey State Police

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$550.00

Course Instructor

Craig C. Moore (Ontario, Canada)

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

For more information about Craig Moore: please visit his website at www.seemoreforensics.com

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

DSG. C. DiNovi #5861
NJSP Crime Scene Investigation Unit
1045 SH 54
Williamstown NJ 08094
Lpp5861@gw.NJSP.org
Cell # 609-960-4228

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Contextual Bias in Forensic Science. What is it, how do we detect it, and what can we do about it?

Human Factors Training and ConsultancyMarch 13 - 15, 2018

Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania

Presented by Dr Niki Osborne & Dr Mark Reynolds, and hosted by Cedar Crest College, Pennsylvania

The topic of "bias" and its implications for forensic practice has been hotly debated and researched in forensic and academic circles over the last decade. The 2009 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on the state of forensic science in the USA and the 2016 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on forensic science recommend that forensic practitioners address issues relating to bias in forensic science and provide evidence to the fact finder that they have done so.

What can attendee's expect from the course?

Most recently delivered as a resounding success to forensic science practitioners in Singapore, this workshop uses an engaging and innovative mixture of lectures, case examples, and practical activities to educate participants on the theoretical concepts and practical implications of bias within forensic science. Participants will receive instruction on the various types of bias, how to identify its presence, how to mitigate its influence, methods on how to sequentially unmask data, procedures used to identify task-relevant information, concepts for the appropriate management of case-specific contextual information and how to appropriately document critical decision pathways.

Who should attend?

This workshop is primarily aimed at forensic science practitioners both scene or laboratory based, especially those involved in the early identification, collection and interpretation of evidence. It is however designed to benefit anyone who produces, uses or relies upon forensic science for decision making purposes within the justice system, including judges, district attorneys, defence lawyers and detectives.

Who are Niki and Mark?

Dr Niki Osborne is a Postdoctoral Scholar based at the University of California Irvine. Originally from New Zealand, Dr Osborne spent four years working alongside forensic scientists at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), the agency solely responsible for providing forensic services to the NZ Police. Dr Osborne's research is focussed on understanding bias and the role of contextual information in forensic evidence interpretation, and she has over twenty five peerreviewed publications and conference presentations on the topic.

With almost 30 years of law enforcement experience, Dr Mark Reynolds was, until recently, employed by the Western Australia Police as their Forensic Science Consultant and Manager, Quality Assurance. Dr Reynolds holds a MSFS and PhD in forensic science. Coupled with 18 years of practical experience in the use of science to investigate homicides, Dr Reynolds is well placed to understand and link the theoretical concepts and practical implications of bias within forensic science.

With almost 30 years of law enforcement experience, Dr Mark Reynolds was, until recently, employed by the Western Australia Police as their Forensic Science Consultant and Manager, Quality Assurance. Dr Reynolds holds a MSFS and PhD in forensic science. Coupled with 18 years of practical experience in the use of science to investigate homicides, Dr Reynolds is well placed to understand and link the theoretical concepts and practical implications of bias within forensic science.

Tuition Cost

USD $395 per person. Sustenance, transport, and accommodation are not included.

Testimonials

"Very informative, certainly gives us plenty of thinking to do"

"Both speakers spoke with relevance and we certainly need them to return to give more insights"

"Engaging and interesting introduction to bias"

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.

For more information and to register your interest:

Dr Niki Osborne / Human Factors Training and Consultancy
nikola.osborne@gmail.com / +1 949 381 8386

Dr Mark Reynolds / Clarus Forensic Solutions
renoforensics1@gmail.com / +61 439 734 260

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesMarch 19 - 23, 2018

Travis County Sheriff's Office
Training Academy
3614 Bill Price Road
# 50
Del Valle, TX 78617

Hosted by Travis County Sheriff's Office

This comprehensive five day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will examine the firearm residue for estimated distance determination from the position of the shooter to the victim and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.

Course Topics

  • Physical evidence in firearms cases
  • Photographic and video techniques
  • Search, sketching and measuring techniques
  • Metal detector techniques
  • Implementation of grid search
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Trigonometry and trajectory
  • Lasers and shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical applications
  • Case scenarios: single-shooting, multiple-shooting
    and officer-involved shooting crime scenes
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Aaron Ramirez
(512) 854-1227 or aaron.ramirez@traviscountytx.gov

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Advanced Fabrics Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Training Course

Cedar Crest CollegeMarch 19 - 23, 2018

Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

This course is designed primarily for practitioners who routinely examine blood stained clothing and other textiles and are required to assess, interpret, and report on bloodstain patterns as part of those examinations. The course is delivered through a combination of "face to face" instruction and self-directed learning. A minimum 80 hours of structured learning activities is required, inclusive of a 40 hour "face to face" residential component. The course will review the underpinning principles of BPA, and apply these principles to the analysis and interpretation of bloodstains on clothing and other textiles.

When examining clothing, the practitioner must be mindful of influences such as the fibre type, texture, treatments, all of which may affect the final appearance of bloodstains. The primary focus of the course is to develop those skills required for the examination of bloodstain patterns found on clothing items, including the use of microscopy to discriminate between spatter and transfer bloodstains.

Course Content

Prior to attending the 40 hour residential, participants will be expected to complete at least 20 hours of preparatory work including selected readings, a short 1500 word written assignment and prepare and submit a mock report detailing a case involving bloodstain pattern analysis, preferably involving blood stained clothing. Participants will be required to present oral and demonstrable evidence based on this report in a moot court situation and will receive feedback on their BPA knowledge and evidence preparation skills.

The 40 hour residential has a practical hands-on emphasis. The practical component of the course will be supplemented with lectures and class discussions which will introduce the participants to principles of fluid mechanics and assist participants gain higher level interpretative pattern recognition skills. Participants will work in small groups to complete a set of experiments, review and analyse experimental data and present findings to the class describing their results. Participants will be encouraged to draw connections between the dynamics of pattern formation and the features of the resultant static bloodstain pattern.

Following the 40 hour "face to face" residential, participants will be required to complete a report summarizing their findings related to the examination of blood stained clothing during practical exercises at the residential. The report must be submitted within eight weeks of completing the residential.

General Information

The 40 hour residential component of the course will be held March 19 to 23rd, 2018.

The course hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Note, assessments will be conducted on Friday, and the 5 p.m. finish time is not flexible.)

Each participant is expected to bring at least two sets of old (unwanted) clothing they can wear and create bloodstain patterns on them. (A set of clothing consists of long pants and a long sleeved shirt or similar upper garment, and if possible a pair of shoes).

Each participant is responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation.

Upon receipt of your registration and payment you will receive a confirmation e-mail including a list of items to bring to the course. In the event of insufficient registrations, the course will be cancelled.

Instructors

Dr. Mark Reynolds
Mr. Edmund (Ted) Silenieks

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I

Libra Forensic Consulting, LLCMarch 19 - 23, 2018

Tunica County Sheriff's Office
Tunica President Bldg
3092 Highway 61 South
Tunica, MS 38676

Libra Forensic Consulting is offering a 40 hr. BPA course. This course is designed for any officer or technician involved in criminal or forensic investigations. The course will allow the attendee to demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, history, science and mathematics surrounding bloodstain pattern analysis. The objectives of this course follow the requirements of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the IABPA approves our course.

Tuition Cost

$525.00
Payment accepted through PayPal, check or purchase order.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development & history of BPA
  • Demonstrate understanding of the limitations of BPA
  • Identify proper and improper protective measures to follow in a scene
  • Recognize both spatter and non-spatter bloodstain patterns
  • Determine impact angles, area of convergence and origin for impact spatter patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to document bloodstains and bloodstain patterns for courtroom purposes
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and describe them with correct terminology

Course Contact Information

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Basic Bloodstain Pattern Recognition Course

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.March 19 - 23, 2018

Law and Public Safety Academy
500 West Hanover Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey, 07960

Hosted by: Morris County Sheriff's Office

The 40-hour course will provide a firm understanding of bloodstain pattern analysis through a unique blend of:

  • Theory enriched study broken down into BPA history, bio-chemistry, physics, fluid dynamics and trigonometry
  • Hands-on practical experiments with mammalian blood
  • Case presentations

It contains a well established curriculum; peer reviewed by experts in their own-right, all contained in a color enriched comb bound manual, and is designed to be used as reference guide throughout your career. Unique, singular-use experiment apparatus' have been designed and refined over the years to provide the best practical hands-on learning experience available.

The course syllabus is on file with the International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (IABPA) and with the International Association for Identification (IAI) since May 2006. It is approved for BPA Certification with the IAI and meets membership criteria with the IABPA. It should be noted the presented material is ever evolving and is under constant revision and refinement by Craig. In November 2014, the IABPA reviewed and re-approved the course. The following year the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) recognized the course for continuing educational hours.

Tuition Cost

$495.00

Course Instructor

Craig C. Moore

  • 16 years experience with the Forensic Services Unit of the Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario Canada, where he retired in 2015 after 30 years of service.
  • A current IAI Certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner since 2000.
  • Numerous published articles and in excess of 175 lectures presented.
  • Testified and been accepted as an expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis at the General Division and Superior Court of Justice jurisdictional levels in Ontario, the County Court level in New York State and he was also called before a Board of Inquiry with the Canadian Armed Forces to offer expert opinion on a Bloodstain related shooting case.
  • In 2006 the IAI recognized his efforts and awarded him the title, Distinguished Member
  • Stepped down from IAI BPA committee after 12 years of continuous service in 2014

For more information about Craig Moore: please visit his website at www.seemoreforensics.com

Course Contact Information

Detective Corporal Phillip Mangiafridda
Morris County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 500 Morristown NJ, 07960
pmangiafridda@co.morris.nj.us
(973)285-6696

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

Forensic PiecesMarch 26 - 30, 2018

DC Department of Forensic Sciences
401 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Hosted by DC Department of Forensic Sciences

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. If you wish test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: /certifications/crime_scene/requirements.php

This course is a book review.

In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below:

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

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

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA)

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

Course Topics

  • Equipment needs
  • Crime scene safety
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructors:

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

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

OR

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by the IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell is a retired lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations division in Shreveport, LA after thirty one years. He has over twentyfive years of experience in the field of crime scene investigations as well as latent print examinations and he holds an A.S. in law enforcement technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in business administration, and a Masters in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida divisions of the IAI. Owen has provided training in basic and advanced crime scenes, fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their regional representative and as chairman of their latent print certification committee. Owen is certified as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Ten Print sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Jonathan Fried
(202) 763-3624 or jonathan.fried@dc.gov

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RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 2 - 3, 2018

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office
1980 Muir Road
Martinez, CA  94553

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.

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

Course Contact Information

Jennifer Quan, Identification Supervisor
Alameda County Sheriff-Central Identification Bureau
510-208-9898
Jquan@acgov.org

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RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 5 - 6, 2018

Billings Police Department Training Facility
4810 Midland Road
Billings, MT  59101

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

Denise Hice, Training Coordinator
Billings Police Department
406-657-8457
hiced@ci.billings.mt.us

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Basic Crime Scene Processing

Libra Forensic Consulting, LLCApril 9 - 13, 2018

Tunica County Sheriff's Office
Tunica President Bldg
3092 Highway 61 South
Tunica, MS 38676

Attendees will be taught a comprehensive overview of crime scene documentation and processing. The course covers a wide variety of topics from evidence recognition, collection and packaging as well as more advanced aspects of analysis such the importance of bloodstain patterns and shooting trajectory. Current methods to enhance blood and latent print evidence will also be demonstrated. A holistic approach of crime scene processing is stressed and all crime scene investigators will walk away with an understanding of each function within the scene. Every portion of instruction will be followed with a hands-on practical exercise to demonstrate a student's ability. Crime Scene Processing is a 40-hour course and has been approved by the IAI for course hour credit.

Tuition Cost

$475.00
Payment accepted through PayPal, check or purchase order.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of crime scene preservation and evidence recognition
  • Demonstrate the ability to document a crime scene through basic photography and diagramming methods
  • Identify basic blood patterns and understand their mechanisms and use blood search/enhancement chemicals
  • Demonstrate the ability to lift a fingerprint from porous and nonporous objects
  • Demonstrate the ability to document and cast impression evidence
  • Identify sources of biological evidence and demonstrate the best practice to collect them
  • Understand correct forensic terminology and be able to use it in an investigation report
  • Demonstrate proper packaging

Course Contact Information

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RS&A Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 9 - 11, 2018

Bergen County Sheriff's Office
2 Bergen County Plaza - Court Street
Room 2069
Hackensack, NJ  07601

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

Bergen County Sheriff's Office, BCI
Attn:  Lt. Marc Metzinger
160 South River Street
Hackensack, NJ  07601

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Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesApril 9 - 13, 2018

Cullman Police Department
601 2nd Avenue Ne
Cullman, AL 35055

Hosted by Cullman 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 as a result of 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. This course satisfies the International Association for Identification's 40-hour Basic Bloodstain Analysis Course for the purpose of the requirements for acquiring Bloodstain Pattern Certification Examination by the IAI, and for certification hours for the Crime Scene Certification Board.

Course Topics

  • The participants should acquire a working knowledge of current bloodstain pattern terminology
  • The participants should have a clear understanding of how blood reacts to motion and force.
  • The participants should know how to use proper bloodstain documentation techniques, which include sketching, written documentation, and photography.
  • The participants should be able to identify specific bloodstain pattern evidence at crime scenes, in vehicles, on victims/suspects, and on clothing and weapons.
  • The participants should acquire the ability to correctly detect, enhance, and preserve serological blood evidence for DNA analysis.
  • 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.
  • The participants will acquire the basic knowledge to prepare for courtroom presentation of the bloodstain evidence.

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

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

Contact Information

Becky Boyd
(256) 775-7198 or bboyd@cullmanal.gov

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Finding Latent Print Evidence with Chemistry and Light

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 10 - 13, 2018

Grapevine Public Safety Building
1007 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Rm. 2312
Grapevine, TX  76051

The purpose of this four day seminar is to enable the student:

  • To identify the best technique, or series of techniques, for developing the maximum evidence
  • To understand and exploit fluorescence as a powerful detection strategy, using a range of Forensic Light Sources
  • To record impression evidence faithfully and accurately
  • To prepare and use the chemical reagents safely in a laboratory environment.
  • The student will learn about lasers and light sources as key forensic technology, as well as the principles behind luminescence detection of evidence.
  • Techniques targeting tapes (adhesive side), blood prints on porous and nonporous surfaces will be featured.
  • The student will learn how to use multiple techniques in the correct sequence on many surfaces for maximum results.
  • The student will learn conventional, atypical and digital photographic techniques for extracting the clearest and most useful images.
  • This course will feature hands-on sessions in exhibit processing and photography, as well as an examination and certificate of completion.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

32 Hours

Course Instructor

Brian Dalrymple, CLPE

Target Audience

Crime scene technicians, detectives, laboratory analysts and others who process evidence in a laboratory environment who want to understand and exploit fluorescence as a powerful detection strategy using chemical reagents and a range of Forensic Light Sources.

Course Contact Information

Tara Owens, CSI
Grapevine Police Department
817-410-3224
towens@grapevinetexas.gov

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

Forensic PiecesApril 16 - 20, 2018

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.**

**If you wish take the test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: https://www.theiai.org/certifications/crime_scene/requirements.php

This course is a book review. In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below:

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI)

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

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA)

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

Course Topics

  • Equipment needs
  • Crime scene safety
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructors:

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

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

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell is a retired lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations division in Shreveport, LA after thirty one years. He has over twentyfive years of experience in the field of crime scene investigations as well as latent print examinations and he holds an A.S. in law enforcement technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in business administration, and a Masters in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida divisions of the IAI. Owen has provided training in basic and advanced crime scenes, fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their regional representative and as chairman of their latent print certification committee. Owen is certified as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Ten Print sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

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

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RS&A Advanced ACE-V Applications for Fingerprint Examiners

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.April 16 - 20, 2018

Seminole County Sheriff's Office
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, FL  32773

This course takes ACE-V to the next level. In the course, we deconstruct ACE-V into the various stages and perform exercises, individually and as a group, to demonstrate the course material. We will explore significant decisions and steps during each of the phases of ACE-V: Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation, and Verification. Students taking this course will have a greater appreciation for the complexities of ACE-V and decision making, will be knowledgeable of the most current research and standards regarding ACE-V, and will be exposed to complex current issues (such as bias, error rate, probabilistic reasoning, etc.). The course gives a proper framework to explore the many sides of the more complex issues in the fingerprint domain. All material will be supported by research data, references, and ample sources for the students to explore.

We will explore significantly complex fingerprint comparisons in this course. We will also cover issues relating to the 2009 National Academy of Science Report on forensic sciences. Specifically we will address issues such as "individualization" philosophy, error rates, and discuss the relevant research and data that are available on these topics.

This course is a must for any examiner who is struggling with issues in performing or testifying to ACE-V fingerprint examinations in a post-Daubert or post-NAS environment. The course explores many different ways of addressing these critical areas with new research, data, and philosophies.

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Glenn Langenburg, PhD, CLPE, F-ABC

Target Audience

This is a more advanced and complex course, with some assumption that the student has previously been exposed to the basics of ridgeology, ACE-V, Daubert issues, distortions, and complex analyses. Ideally the student will have a minimum of 2 years in latent print work or 8 years in 10-print work. The course deals with complex issues such as "uncertainty", "error rates", "cognitive bias", and "complex distortions". As such students should come prepared to hear new views and see new research on these topics. This course is recommended by the instructor and Ron Smith & Associates, Inc. for agencies dealing with issues of meeting accreditation requirements specifically related to documenting and understanding the process of ACE-V or finding new ways to deal with the criticisms in the 2009 NAS report of forensic sciences.

Course Contact Information

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

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Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop

Forensic PiecesApril 23 - 27, 2018

Dearborn Police Department
16099 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126

Hosted by Dearborn Police Department

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, along with exercises to enable the examiner to develop the ability to make tough identifications and improve an examiner's efficiency in doing comparison will be presented throughout the course.

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 persistence and uniqueness
  • 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, CPLE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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, Kathleen has been continuously updating the course since 2009 when she became its exclusive instructor. She 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. Kathleen has also 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

Julie Higgins
(313) 943-2213 or jhiggins@ci.dearborn.mi.us

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesApril 23 - 27, 2018

E911 Center
17245 US Hwy 301 N
Statesboro, GA 30458

Hosted by Statesboro Police Department

This comprehensive five-day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will examine the firearm residue for estimated distance determination from the position of the shooter to the victim and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.

Course Topics

  • Physical evidence in firearms cases
  • Photographic and video techniques
  • Search, sketching and measuring techniques
  • Metal detector techniques
  • Implementation of grid search
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Trigonometry and trajectory
  • Lasers and shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical applications
  • Case scenarios: single-shooting, multiple-shooting
    and officer-involved shooting crime scenes
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Keith Holloway
(912) 531-1174 or keith.holloway@statesboroga.gov

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction 1 Course

Baxter ForensicsApril 23 - 27, 2018

Sugar Land Police Department
1200 Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Hosted by Sugar Land Police Department

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 include shooting a vehicle and windshields and glass. The students will then examine and document bullet defects in the vehicle and glass.

Instructor

Everett Baxter Jr.
Everett Baxter Jr Forensics, LLC

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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Understanding the Human Face with Karen T. Taylor

Scottsdale Artists' SchoolApril 30 - May 4, 2018 (Monday-Friday; 8:30am - 4:30pm)

Scottsdale Artists' School (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Graphite/ Plastilene Clay — All Levels but some sculpture experience helpful, but not required

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

Workshop includes both drawing and sculpture exercises. Tuition includes some supplies and use of equipment. Class will be held daily from 8:30am-4:30pm and complete at 2pm on Friday.

Tuition Cost

$950 / 5 Days

Register online at http://scottsdaleartschool.org/course/understanding-the-human-face-3/

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Composite Drawing: Transcribing a Facial Memory into Art with Jorge Molina

Scottsdale Artists' SchoolApril 30 - May 4, 2018 (Monday-Friday; 8:30am - 4:30pm)

Scottsdale Artists' School (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Graphite — All Levels

Composite drawings are investigative tools meant to convey information about a suspect's face. However, it is important not to overlook the technical aspects of good draftsmanship. Effective art technique and style both enhance the ability to capture a likeness, and increase the potential for recognition and identification in these drawings. As such, this workshop will address three critical aspects of the composite drawing process: drawing, interviewing, and application within a law enforcement context. The workshop content comprises a range of drawing-intensive exercises that reinforce traditional drawing fundamentals such as facial proportion, value and shading. Additionally, practical exercises will explore distinctions of gender, ancestral heritage and expression. Photographic reference material will be utilized in class and instruction will be supplemented through a demonstration with a live model. Additionally, digital imaging techniques for enhancing composite drawings will be introduced through in-class demonstrations only.

While this workshop is intended for practitioners seeking to enhance their knowledge of forensic art techniques, artists of all disciplines may benefit from the workshop content. Class will be held daily from 8:30am-4:30pm and complete at 2pm on Friday.

Tuition Cost

$850 / 5 Days

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I

Libra Forensic Consulting, LLCApril 30 - May 4, 2018

John H. Stamler
1776 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ

Libra Forensic Consulting is offering a 40 hr. BPA course. This course is designed for any officer or technician involved in criminal or forensic investigations. The course will allow the attendee to demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, history, science and mathematics surrounding bloodstain pattern analysis. The objectives of this course follow the requirements of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the IABPA approves our course.

Tuition Cost

$495.00
Payment accepted through PayPal, check or purchase order.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development & history of BPA
  • Demonstrate understanding of the limitations of BPA
  • Identify proper and improper protective measures to follow in a scene
  • Recognize both spatter and non-spatter bloodstain patterns
  • Determine impact angles, area of convergence and origin for impact spatter patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to document bloodstains and bloodstain patterns for courtroom purposes
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and describe them with correct terminology

Course Contact Information

Visit www.libraforensics.com to register

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Video Evidence for Investigators

LEVA InternationalMay 7 - 8, 2018

Special Operations Complex
2667 Leroy Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Hosted by Virginia Beach Police Department

Specific Objectives

  • What is a digital video file and how can I get the most from the imagery?
  • How to play almost any video file with free resources.
  • How to maintain file integrity for admissibility in court.
  • Tips for effective recovery of digital video.
  • Image capture and clarification concepts.
  • The work of a Forensic Video Analyst.
  • New and emerging video technologies.

Target Audience

Case detectives, investigators, and officers who review and use video as part of criminal investigations.

Designed for case detectives and investigators with little to no digital video training. This course will give insight into how digital video works and provide skills to quickly and effectively use video footage as part of a successful criminal investigation.

Students must provide their own laptop (PC or Mac) as open source and free software programswill be introduced for download and use.

Instructors

  • Brandon Epstein is a LEVA certified Forensic Video Analyst and Detective Sergeant with an urban New Jersey police department. He is currently assigned as the department's Digital and Multimedia Evidence Laboratory Director where he specializes in Forensic Video Analysis and Mobile Device Forensics.
  • Blake Sawyer is a LEVA certified Forensic Video Analyst and a Digital Media Forensics Specialist with the Plano, TX Police Department. He is a former Apple Engineer with a degree in Computer Science and a long history in the digital forensics industry.

Tuition Cost

$395

Registration

To register, go to www.leva.org. Click the TRAINING tab and select Upcoming Training Events. Direct any questions to LEVA Executive Director Mr. Jan Garvin, training@leva.org.

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RS&A Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 7 - 11, 2018

Frisco Police Department
7200 Stonebrook Parkway
Frisco, TX  75034

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

Chris Cogan, Training Coordinator
Frisco Police Department
972-292-6110
ccogan@friscotexas.gov

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RS&A Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 7 - 11, 2018

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

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

Course Topics:

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Scott Campbell, CSCSA

Target Audience

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

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

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

Course Contact Information

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

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RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 8 - 9, 2018

Berks County Fire Training Center
895 Morgantown Road
Reading, PA 19607

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

Det. Sgt. Robert Johnson
Berks County District Attorney's Office-FSU
610-898-1005 EXT. 6024
rfjohnson@countyofberks.com

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I

Libra Forensic Consulting, LLCMay 14 - 18, 2018

Peoria Police Department
8351 W. Cinnabar Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345

Libra Forensic Consulting is offering a 40 hr. BPA course. This course is designed for any officer or technician involved in criminal or forensic investigations. The course will allow the attendee to demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, history, science and mathematics surrounding bloodstain pattern analysis. The objectives of this course follow the requirements of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the IABPA approves our course.

Tuition Cost

$525.00
Payment accepted through PayPal, check or purchase order.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development & history of BPA
  • Demonstrate understanding of the limitations of BPA
  • Identify proper and improper protective measures to follow in a scene
  • Recognize both spatter and non-spatter bloodstain patterns
  • Determine impact angles, area of convergence and origin for impact spatter patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to document bloodstains and bloodstain patterns for courtroom purposes
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and describe them with correct terminology

Course Contact Information

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RS&A Digital Crime Scene and Evidence Photography

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 21 - 23, 2018

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

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

Instruction includes:

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

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Scott Campbell, CSCSA

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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RS&A Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 21 - 25, 2018

Escondido Police Department
Community Room
1163 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA  92026

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

Patricia Cruz, Police Training Coordinator
Escondido Police Department
760-839-4769
pcruz@escondido.org

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Video Evidence for Investigators

LEVA InternationalMay 31 - June 1, 2018

Naperville Police Department
1350 Aurora Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540

Hosted by Naperville Police Department

Specific Objectives

  • What is a digital video file and how can I get the most from the imagery?
  • How to play almost any video file with free resources.
  • How to maintain file integrity for admissibility in court.
  • Tips for effective recovery of digital video.
  • Image capture and clarification concepts.
  • The work of a Forensic Video Analyst.
  • New and emerging video technologies.

Target Audience

Case detectives, investigators, and officers who review and use video as part of criminal investigations.

Course Highlights

Designed for case detectives and investigators with little to no digital video training. This course will give insight into how digital video works and provide skills to quickly and effectively use video footage as part of a successful criminal investigation.

Students must provide their own laptop (PC or Mac) as open source and free software programswill be introduced for download and use.

Instructors

  • Brandon Epstein is a LEVA certified Forensic Video Analyst and Detective Sergeant with an urban New Jersey police department. He is currently assigned as the department's Digital and Multimedia Evidence Laboratory Director where he specializes in Forensic Video Analysis and Mobile Device Forensics.
  • Blake Sawyer is a LEVA certified Forensic Video Analyst and a Digital Media Forensics Specialist with the Plano, TX Police Department. He is a former Apple Engineer with a degree in Computer Science and a long history in the digital forensics industry.

Tuition Cost

$395

Registration

To register, go to www.leva.org. Click the TRAINING tab and select Upcoming Training Events. Direct any questions to LEVA Executive Director Mr. Jan Garvin, training@leva.org.

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RS&A Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 4 - 8, 2018

Frisco Police Department
7200 Stonebrook Parkway
Frisco, TX  75034

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

Chris Cogan, Training Coordinator
Frisco Police Department
972-292-6110
ccogan@friscotexas.gov

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RS&A Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 5 - 7, 2018

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

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

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

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I

Libra Forensic Consulting, LLCJune 5 - 8, 2018

Washoe County
Regional Public Safety Training Center
5190 Spectrum Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Libra Forensic Consulting is offering a 40 hr. BPA course. This course is designed for any officer or technician involved in criminal or forensic investigations. The course will allow the attendee to demonstrate knowledge of the terminology, history, science and mathematics surrounding bloodstain pattern analysis. The objectives of this course follow the requirements of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and the IABPA approves our course. Course is eligible for credit hours both through the IAI and IABPA

Tuition Cost

$525.00
Payment accepted through PayPal, check or purchase order.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development & history of BPA
  • Demonstrate understanding of the limitations of BPA
  • Identify proper and improper protective measures to follow in a scene
  • Recognize both spatter and non-spatter bloodstain patterns
  • Determine impact angles, area of convergence and origin for impact spatter patterns
  • Demonstrate the ability to document bloodstains and bloodstain patterns for courtroom purposes
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize patterns and describe them with correct terminology

Course Contact Information

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesJune 11 - 15, 2018

Sheriff's Training Center
6011 N. Chase Road
Newman Lake, WA 99025

Hosted by Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Brian Moen
(509) 477-3211 or scsotraining@spokanesheriff.org

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RS&A Forensic Digital Imaging for Latent Print Examiners: Extend Your Reach

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 12 - 15, 2018

Omaha Public Safety Training Center
11616 Rainwood Road
Omaha, NE  68142
Free Parking on the south side of the classroom facility.

Based on Adobe Photoshop, relevant plug-ins and other software, this four day workshop is designed to enable the attendee to understand and explain digital theory and methodology. Through extensive hands on exercises, to make an effective image diagnosis and to decide how and when to use these valuable tools in order to extract the maximum amount of information from problem images. We will also cover how to maintain the integrity of both images and procedures through tracking and documentation and present evidence in court.

Topics Covered Will Include:

  • Essential digital theory and techniques
  • How to extract the maximum amount of information from problem images
  • Image diagnosis - how and when to use these valuable tools
  • Legal precedents
  • How to prepare to tender digital evidence
  • The featured software is Photoshop but other software options are also discussed

Attendees Will Receive:

  • A tutorial & reference manual covering all information in the workshop
  • A DVD with more than 150 tutorial images and more
  • A custom demo/tutorial copy of ImagePro Plus
  • A certificate of completion

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

32 Hours

Course Instructor

Brian Dalrymple

Target Audience

You should attend this course:

  • If you examine crime scenes and exhibits for fingerprints, shoeprints and other types of impression evidence
  • If you suspect that your images contain more critical information than chemistry and conventional photography alone can reveal
  • If you are unsure of the science or legal history behind digital techniques
  • If you do not understand digital theory
  • If you are unsure of the power and reliability of digital techniques
  • If your department is investigating the acquisition of image enhancement software
  • If you have an AFIS and wish to optimize the quality of impressions for search

Course Contact Information

William Henningsen, Acting Forensic Investigation Manager
Omaha Police Department – Forensic Investigation Section
402-444-5845
william.henningsen@cityofomaha.org

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Crime Scene Investigation Course (80 Hours)

Baxter ForensicsJune 18 - 22 and 25 - 29, 2018

Laramie PD Training
620 Plaza Court
Laramie, WY 82070

Hosted by Laramie 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.

Instructor

Everett Baxter Jr. has an Associate Degree in Applied Science – EMS and a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry. He has over 25 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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Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop

Forensic PiecesJune 18 - 22, 2018

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

Hosted by Travis County Sheriff's Office

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, along with exercises to enable the examiner to develop the ability to make tough identifications and improve an examiner's efficiency in doing comparison will be presented throughout the course.

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 persistency and uniqueness
  • A detailed look into the accepted analysis of latent prints
  • Non-friction ridge skin comparison and identification
  • Forgery and fabrication
  • Close non-matches and 3rd level detail
  • Intentional mutilation
  • Introduction to analysis of distortion
  • 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 philosoph

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, CPLE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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, Kathleen has been continuously updating the course since 2009 when she became its exclusive instructor. She 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. Kathleen has also 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

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

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Fire, Arson, and Post-Blast Investigations

Forensic PiecesJune 18 - 22, 2018

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

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Bruce Willis, B.S., M.S.
Certified by the IAI
Co-Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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

Contact Information

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

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RS&A Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.July 9 - 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Forensic PiecesJuly 16 - 20, 2018

Layton City Police Department
429 N. Wasatch Drive
Layton, UT 84041

Hosted by Layton City 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. If you wish test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: /certifications/crime_scene/requirements.php

This course is a book review.

In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below for those who apply after April 1, 2018:

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) Module 1

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, and 8 thru 12)
  • Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, 2nd ed. by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) Module 2

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Chapters 10 thru 12)
  • Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 8th ed. by Fisher, Barry and Fisher, David, 2012, CRC Press

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) Module 4

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Pages 712-735)
  • Effective Expert Witnessing: Practices for the 21st Century, 5th ed. By Matson, Jack V., 2013, CRC Press (All chapters EXCEPT 8 and 9)
  • Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, 4th ed. by James, Stuart H., Nordby, Jon J., and Bell, Suzanne, 2013, CRC Press

Course Topics

  • Equipment needs
  • Crime scene safety
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI, CCSA and CSCSA examination. Please make sure that you have read the new books as of APRIL 1, 2018. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructors:

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

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

OR

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell is a retired lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations division in Shreveport, LA after thirty one years. He has over twentyfive years of experience in the field of crime scene investigations as well as latent print examinations and he holds an A.S. in law enforcement technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in business administration, and a Masters in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida divisions of the IAI. Owen has provided training in basic and advanced crime scenes, fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their regional representative and as chairman of their latent print certification committee. Owen is certified as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Ten Print sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

Shanae Perez
(801) 336-3551 or sperez@laytoncity.org

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RS&A Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.August 20 - 22, 2018

Frisco Police Department
7200 Stonebrook Parkway
Frisco, TX  75034

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

Chris Cogan, Training Coordinator
Frisco Police Department
972-292-6110
ccogan@friscotexas.gov

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RS&A Scientific Analysis: From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.August 20 - 24, 2018

Alameda County Office of Emergency Services
4985 Broder Boulevard
Dublin, CA  94568

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

Jennifer Quan, ID Supervisor
Alameda County Sheriff-Central
510-208-9898
jquan@acgov.org

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RS&A Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.August 20 - 24, 2018

Escambia County Sheriff's Office
Training Building
1190 W. Leonard Street
Pensacola, FL  32505

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

Sgt. Joshua Hendershott
Escambia County Sheriff's Office
850-436-9927
khenndershott@escambiaso.com

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RS&A Palm Print Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 10 - 12, 2018

Baltimore Police Department
8th Floor Forensic Lab
601 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD  21302

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

Ethan Conway, Deputy Director
Baltimore Police Department
443-984-7278
ethan.conway@baltimorepolice.org

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesSeptember 10 - 14, 2018

Fox Valley Technical College
Public Safety Training Center
W6400 County Road Bb
Appleton, WI 54912

Hosted by Fox Valley Technical College

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Dana Tedlie
(920) 560-1418 or tedlied@fvtc.edu

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RS&A Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 11 - 12, 2018

Bergen County Sheriff's Office
2 Bergen County Plaza - Court Street
Room 2069
Hackensack, NJ  07601

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.

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

Course Contact Information

Bergen County Sheriff's Office, BCI
Attn:  Lt. Marc Metzinger
160 South River Street
Hackensack, NJ  07601

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RS&A Expert Witness Testimony Techniques for Laboratory Analysts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 13 - 14, 2018

Baltimore Police Department
8th Floor Forensic Lab
601 E. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD  2120

Contrary to the public's perception, the majority of crime laboratories and forensic units do not have a formal and comprehensive expert witness testimony training program. This leaves the newly trained forensic scientist in the precarious position of learning to testify by attending the "School of Hard Knocks". Compound this lack of standardized training with the challenges to the forensic sciences since the "Daubert" decision and the recent National Academy of Sciences report, the courtroom environment becomes a potential mine field for the unprepared expert witness.

This two (2) day interactive course will focus on one basic premise, and that is: Jurors do not vote on the truth! They can only vote on their perception of the truth as they see it that day in court. It certainly is not our job as expert witnesses to convict, but it is incumbent upon us to testify in a manner which is believable and understandable, regardless of the verdict.

It is up to you, as an unbiased forensic expert witness, to instill within them what is termed "forensic trust". Trust of the forensic discipline you practice and trust in you as the practitioner. This course is designed to teach the student the methodology necessary to foster that level of trust, regardless of the challenges presented by legal counsel. It is a fun, interactive and highly energetic opportunity to significantly improve your testimony skills. Those faint of heart need not attend!

Tuition Cost

$300.00

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

16 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

If you are an analyst, examiner or scientist working in a crime laboratory or a local agency forensic unit you will have to give testimony about the evidence you have examined or analyzed. Testifying with confidence to your findings in court is a skill that requires preparation and training before you enter the courtroom. This course focuses on techniques that will prepare you to communicate effectively in court, before a jury while reducing your stress at the same time. Courtroom Testimony Techniques for Laboratory Analysts is applicable to all forensic disciplines found in a forensic laboratory.

Course Contact Information

Ethan Conway, Deputy Director
Baltimore Police Department
443-984-7278
ethan.conway@baltimorepolice.org

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RS&A Essential Ridgeology Concepts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 17 - 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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RS&A Forensic Digital Imaging for Latent Print Examiners: Extend Your Reach

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 18 - 21, 2018

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

Based on Adobe Photoshop, relevant plug-ins and other software, this four day workshop is designed to enable the attendee to understand and explain digital theory and methodology. Through extensive hands on exercises, to make an effective image diagnosis and to decide how and when to use these valuable tools in order to extract the maximum amount of information from problem images. We will also cover how to maintain the integrity of both images and procedures through tracking and documentation and present evidence in court.

Topics covered will include:

  • Essential digital theory and techniques
  • How to extract the maximum amount of information from problem images
  • Image diagnosis - how and when to use these valuable tools
  • Legal precedents
  • How to prepare to tender digital evidence
  • The featured software is Photoshop but other software options are also discussed.

Attendees will receive:

  • A tutorial & reference manual covering all information in the workshop
  • A DVD with more than 150 tutorial images and more
  • A custom demo/tutorial copy of ImagePro Plus
  • A certificate of completion

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

32 Hours

Course Instructor

Brian Dalrymple

Target Audience

You should attend this course:

  • If you examine crime scenes and exhibits for fingerprints, shoeprints and other types of impression evidence
  • If you suspect that your images contain more critical information than chemistry and conventional photography alone can reveal
  • If you are unsure of the science or legal history behind digital techniques
  • If you do not understand digital theory
  • If you are unsure of the power and reliability of digital techniques
  • If your department is investigating the acquisition of image enhancement software
  • If you have an AFIS and wish to optimize the quality of impressions for search

Course Contact Information

Maureen O'Connor, Forensic Investigator II
Sacramento Police Department
916-808-7576
moconnor@pd.cityofsacramento.org

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesOctober 1 - 5, 2018

Salt Lake City Police Department
Crime Laboratory
4710 West 1525 South
Unit A
Salt Lake City, UT 84104

Hosted by Salt Lake City Police Department

This comprehensive five-day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will examine the firearm residue for estimated distance determination from the position of the shooter to the victim and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.

Course Topics

  • Physical evidence in firearms cases
  • Photographic and video techniques
  • Search, sketching and measuring techniques
  • Metal detector techniques
  • Implementation of grid search
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Trigonometry and trajectory
  • Lasers and shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical applications
  • Case scenarios: single- shooting, multiple-shooting
    and officer-involved shooting crime scenes
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Derek Mears
(801) 799-3133 or derek.mears@slcgov.com

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

Forensic PiecesOctober 8 - 12, 2018

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

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

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

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

As always the International Association for Identification Crime Scene Certification Board will work with the host and hosting facility to facilitate a proctor being present for the last day of class in order for the students to sit for the examination. If you wish test after this course, you must have your application submitted and approved at least (60) days prior to testing and be familiar with the application requirements that can be found at the following link: /certifications/crime_scene/requirements.php

This course is a book review.

In order to maximize benefits from taking this course, any registrant must read and bring each book used for the module being tested or studied for, listed below for those who apply after April 1, 2018:

Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI) Module 1

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, and 8 thru 12)
  • Practical Crime Scene Processing and Investigation, 2nd ed. by Ross M. Gardner, 2012, CRC Press

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA) Module 2

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Chapters 10 thru 12)
  • Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation, 8th ed. by Fisher, Barry and Fisher, David, 2012, CRC Press

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) Module 4

  • Crime Scene Photography, 3rd Edition, by Edward Robinson, 2016, Academic Press- Elsevier, Inc. (All Chapters EXCEPT 1, Subchapters 9.4, 9.6 and 9.7, and Pages 712-735)
  • Effective Expert Witnessing: Practices for the 21st Century, 5th ed. By Matson, Jack V., 2013, CRC Press (All chapters EXCEPT 8 and 9)
  • Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, 4th ed. by James, Stuart H., Nordby, Jon J., and Bell, Suzanne, 2013, CRC Press

Course Topics

  • Equipment needs
  • Crime scene safety
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Basically covers questions from nearly every chapter in each book that is to be studied.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI, CCSA and CSCSA examination. Please make sure that you have read the new books as of APRIL 1, 2018. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructors:

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

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

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Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by IAI
Co - Instructor for Forensic Pieces, Inc.

Owen McDonnell is a retired lieutenant and supervisor of the Caddo Sheriff's Office crime scene investigations division in Shreveport, LA after thirty one years. He has over twentyfive years of experience in the field of crime scene investigations as well as latent print examinations and he holds an A.S. in law enforcement technology from Bossier Parish Community College, a B.S. in business administration, and a Masters in forensic science administration from Oklahoma State University. He is also a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida divisions of the IAI. Owen has provided training in basic and advanced crime scenes, fingerprint development and comparison techniques to numerous law enforcement agencies in Louisiana. He is the past president of the Louisiana division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as their regional representative and as chairman of their latent print certification committee. Owen is certified as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst, Ten Print Fingerprint Examiner, and Latent Print Examiner, and is currently a member of the Ten Print sub-committee of the International Association for Identification.

Contact Information

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

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RS&A Complex Latent Print Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 15 - 19, 2018

Frisco Police Department
7200 Stonebrook Parkway
Frisco, TX  75034

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

Chris Cogan, Training Coordinator
Frisco Police Department
972-292-6110
ccogan@friscotexas.gov

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesOctober 29 - November 2, 2018

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

Hosted by Abilene Police Training Academy

This comprehensive five day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the scene which previously might not have been recorded. The attendees will learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will examine the firearm residue for estimated distance determination from the position of the shooter to the victim and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation, and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate shooting crime scene reconstruction.

Course Topics

  • Physical evidence in firearms cases
  • Photographic and video techniques
  • Search, sketching and measuring techniques
  • Metal detector techniques
  • Implementation of grid search
  • Bloodstain patterns
  • Trigonometry and trajectory
  • Lasers and shooting Reconstruction
  • Chemical applications
  • Case scenarios: single- shooting, multiple-shooting
    and officer-involved shooting crime scenes
  • Report writing
  • Courtroom testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Keith Shackleford
(325) 676-6537 or keith.shackleford@abilenetx.com

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RS&A Scientific Analysis: From the Laboratory to the Witness Stand

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.November 5 - 9, 2018

Frisco Police Department
7200 Stonebrook Parkway
Frisco, TX  75034

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

Chris Cogan, Training Coordinator
Frisco Police Department
972-292-6110
ccogan@friscotexas.gov

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RS&A Examination of Simultaneous Impressions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.November 13 - 15, 2018

Park 90-5, Building C
Training Unit Classroom #1
2203 Airport Way South
Seattle, WA  98134

This course will first examine the pilot study conducted on simultaneous impressions in the wake of the ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts stating the application of ACE-V to such impressions does not satisfy a Daubert analysis. Topics to be discussed include study design, results, documentation, error rates, conclusions, and future considerations. The focus then shifts to an in-depth look at SWGFAST's Standard for Simultaneous Impression Examination, which provides a structured means to address these types of impressions. Attendees will also create simultaneous impressions according to provided ground truth (known) conditions on different surfaces. These impressions will then be developed and examined by the attendees to help them better understand the appearance of the impressions in light of the known deposition conditions. Finally, attendees will apply both the presented theory and their practical experience in examining numerous impressions (ground truth unknown) to conduct full written analyses, ideally demonstrating that their conclusions of simultaneity or non-simultaneity are supported by the physical evidence.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the research conducted to date on simultaneous impressions
  • To properly document simultaneous impressions via analysis notes
  • To understand how to properly examine simultaneous impressions

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

36 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

Target Audience

This advanced course is designed for examiners who want to learn more about the use of simultaneous impressions in the identification process. If your agency currently doesn't report identifications based on simultaneity then you may wish to attend. Research from both the United States and Europe will be presented along with the SWGFAST position on this important topic.

Course Contact Information

Rachel Forbes, Latent Print Supervisor
Seattle Police Department
206-233-2189
Rachel.forbes@seattle.gov

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