Vendor/Supplier and Private Forensic Training

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

There is a $25 posting fee for each course.


Upcoming Training Academies

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

Ron Smith and Associates, Inc.APPLY NOW!
October 2, 2017 - March 2, 2018


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

It is scheduled to begin October 2, 2017 Hattiesburg, MS at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center. Only 25 academy applicants will be selected to attend so apply today!

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

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


Formal Footwear Training Program – Forensic Pieces, Inc.

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

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

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

Course Topics

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

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

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Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence

University of LausanneFrom March 2017 to September 2018 (around 470 hours training, 20 ECTS)

New online course in forensic statistics and DNA evidence interpretation at the University of Lausanne

To further develop practitioners' skills in managing forensic interpretation issues from case reception to court (latest statistical methods, Bayesian networks, efficient communication of results, practical inferential problems solving, Standard Operating Procedures development, etc). For more information.


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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Michele Triplett, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

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

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

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

Course Topics:

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Scott Campbell, CSCSA

Target Audience

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

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

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesApril 3 - 7, 2017

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

Hosted by Lee County Sheriff's Office

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

Course Topics

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Essential Ridgeology Concepts

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

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Basic Fingerprint Comparison and Interpretation

Forensic PiecesApril 3 - 7, 2017

Forensic Services
Riverside County Sheriff
137 N. Perris Blvd.
Suite B
Perris, CA 92570

Hosted by Forensic Services Riverside County Sheriff

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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 thirty 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

Supervisor E. Acosta
(951) 210-1211 or eacosta2@riversidesheriff.org

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Bloodstain Patterns on Fabrics and Clothing

CSI Academy of FloridaApril 5 - 7, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Fire, Arson, and Post Blast Investigations

Forensic PiecesApril 17 - 21, 2017

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

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

40 Hours

Course Instructor

Mike Campbell

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Forensic Examination of Violent Crime Scenes

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

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

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

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

Course Overview

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

Specialized Photography

  • Macro photography
  • Painting with light

Shooting Reconstruction

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

Additional Topics

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

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Douglas Young, CCSI

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Staged Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesApril 24 - 26, 2017

Plano Police Training Center
4912 14th Street
Plano, TX 75074

Hosted by Plano Police Department

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

Course Topics

  • Equivocal death investigations
  • Historical perspectives
  • Incidental altercation In scenes
  • Types of crime scene staging
  • Primary scenes
  • Secondary vs. tertiary scenes
  • Red flag indicators
  • Note taking and report writing
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Other evidence to be aware of and collected
  • Profiling the stager
  • Case examples of staged scenes for problem solving

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, CSCSA
Retired Senior Crime Laboratory Analyst
Certified by State of Florida in Crime Scene Analysis and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Certified by the 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

Lindy Privett
(972) 941–2700 or lindyp@plano.gov

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Probabilistic Genotyping: Theory and Implementation

Midwestern Association of Forensic ScientistsApril 24 - 27, 2017

Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel
375 S. Moorland Rd
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005

This workshop is intended for analysts/supervisors/technical leaders from laboratories that have not yet taken the plunge into probabilistic genotyping software, but are interested in learning more about these programs — what they do, how they work, and why should we be interested in moving toward these methods of interpretation.

DNA mixture interpretation of evidence from sexual assaults or volume crimes such as burglaries — especially when the stain is degraded or compromised — can be challenging for the forensic scientist to decipher. In the US, the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) released their revised STR Interpretation Guidelines in 2010, and updated these guidelines recently, to provide the forensic DNA community with principles and guidance for mixture interpretation.

Registration Fee

MAFS Member $225 / Non-MAFS Member $350

Registration Deadline

March 24, 2017

Course Instructors

For more information and to register, see the "Workshops" area at www.MAFS.net.

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Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaApril 24 - 28, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

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

Torrance Police Department
3300 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA  90503

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

36 Hours

Course Instructors

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

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Crime Scene Investigation Course (80 Hours)

Baxter ForensicsApril 24 - 28, 2017 and May 1 - 5, 2017

Southern Nazarene University
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
Sawyer Center Room 301

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.

70 hours of this course instruction meets the Crime Scene Certification Board's approved instruction for the Crime Scene Certifications

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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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Understanding the Human Face with Karen T. Taylor

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

Scottsdale Artists' School
Scottsdale, Arizona

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

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

Instructor

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

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

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Basic Drug Identification

Midwestern Association of Forensic ScientistsMay 1 - 5, 2017

DuPage County Forensic Science Center
501 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187

This course is intended for drug chemists beginning their career at a local, state, or federal crime laboratory. The course will cover the history and analysis of various controlled substances commonly seen in the laboratory. Various analytical techniques and instrumentation will be discussed such as color tests, GCMS, FTIR, extraction methods, and more. Additional topics include ethics in forensic science, courtroom testimony, accreditation, and roundtable discussion. Attendees are asked to prepare a brief power point on an interesting case encountered in their laboratory. There will be a minimum of 4 hours of laboratory instruction and/or hands-on activities applying the analytical techniques learned in lecture.

Registration Fee

MAFS Member $250/ Non-MAFS Member $450

Registration Deadline

April 3, 2017

Course Instructors

For more information and to register, see the "Workshops" area at www.MAFS.net.

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Basic Fingerprint Comparison and Interpretation

Forensic PiecesMay 1 - 5, 2017

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

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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 thirty 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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Advanced Crime Scene Investigation

CSI Academy of FloridaMay 8 - 12, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

This 40-hour course is designed to enhance experienced Crime Scene Search personnel in processing crime scenes and evidence to recover the maximum amount of possible evidence. The course topics include: management, procedures, blood spatter analysis and evidence, presumptive field test blood, digital photography, alternate light source, collection and preservation of trace evidence, gunshot residue, and the recovery of dead bodies. The student who successfully completes this course will have obtained a working knowledge of the advanced scientific methods associated with criminal investigations. The student will additionally have a thorough understanding of how to sequentially process a crime scene to avoid the unnecessary contamination and/or destruction of evidence. Cost: $625.00

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

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

Forensic PiecesMay 8 - 12, 2017

Boston Police Patrolman's Association
295 Freeport Street
Dorchester, MA 02122

Hosted by Boston Police Crime Scene Response Unit

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 to take the test proctored 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)

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA)

Course Topics

  • Crime scene safety
  • Equipment needs
  • Scene security
  • Photography
  • Search techniques
  • Note Taking
  • General documentation of physical evidence
  • Sketching measurements
  • Biological evidence detection and collection
  • Trace evidence
  • Latent impression evidence
  • Shoe and tire track evidence
  • Tool mark evidence
  • Firearms evidence
  • Proper evidence packaging techniques
  • Report writing
  • Mock crime scenes
  • Courtroom testimony

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

Jan Johnson, 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.

Contact Information

Michael Connolly
(617) 343-5946 or michaelg.connolly@pd.boston.gov

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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.May 8 - 12, 2017

GBI-DOFS-Annex Building
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA  30034

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

36 Hours

Course Instructors

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

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

Jesse Worley, Technical Leader
GBI - DOFS
404-270-8199
jesse.worley@gbi.ga.gov

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Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement

SketchCop SolutionsMay 10 - 11, 2017

Online, Instructor-led Webinar

Today, law enforcement requires actionable and real-time intelligence; 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help respond to cases more efficiently. When evidence is lacking in a case, law enforcement officers are often times left to rely on eyewitness descriptions. In order to quickly disseminate facial composites to news outlets and social media, law enforcement needs to rely on every tool available; including advanced facial composite software.

Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement provides the proper foundation for obtaining key information needed to create and edit digital facial composites that help increase eyewitness satisfaction.

Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement is the first course of its kind to address the creation of software-driven facial composites for non-artist/technicians. Those attending the course will be using SketchCop FACETTE Face Design System Software and Adobe Photoshop Elements software.

General course topics include, facial anatomy, eyewitness interview, courtroom testimony, using facial composite software, image editing, practical exercises and much, much more. For a more complete listing, download the course flyer.

Tuition Cost

$425.00

Course Instructor

(Ret.) Police Sergeant Michael W. Streed
I.A.I. Certified Forensic Artist

Target Audience

Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement was designed for law enforcement personnel who would like to enhance their investigation skills. Others, already familiar with forensic facial identification matters, including crime scene and evidence technicians, will find our course especially useful. Those newly tasked with creating software-driven facial composites will benefit greatly from our instruction.

This course is beneficial for all, including experience technicians. For those less experienced, Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement is an excellent introduction into creating software-driven facial composites. Those attending our course will be able to return to work and immediately use this training to create facial composites. Other professionals involved in both academics and criminal justice system would also benefit as they would receive a broad overview of the discipline without having to put it to practical use.

Course Contact Information

Michael W. Streed
SketchCop Solutions, LLC
Michael@SketchCop.com

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Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$300.00

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

16 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Who will be attending this seminar with you?

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Palm Print Comparison Techniques

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

NLV City Hall
2250 Las Vegas Blvd., North 5th Floor
North Las Vegas, NV  89030

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

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

Tuition Cost

$400.00

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

24 Hours

Course Instructor

Ron Smith, CLPE

Target Audience

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

Course Contact Information

Kat Noahr, Training Coordinator
North Las Vegas Police Department
702-633-1832, Ext. 5778
noahrk@cityofnorthlasvegas.com

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Crime Scene Management for First Responders

CSI Academy of FloridaMay 19, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Fundamentals of Crime Scene Examination and Evidence Collection

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

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

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

Course Topics:

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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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI

Forensic PiecesMay 30 - June 2, 2017

TEST DAY IS FRIDAY THE 2ND. IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO TAKE THE TEST,
CLASS WILL END ON THURSDAY

Lincoln Police Department
575 S. 10th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

Hosted by Lincoln Police Department

Designed for Modular One

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator

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)

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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 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 pre testing requirements.

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by 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 thirty 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

Lacey Reha
(402) 441-6944 or lpd1631@cjis.lincoln.ne.gov

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Alternate Light Source Applications

CSI Academy of FloridaMay 31 - June 2, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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Introduction to Polarized Light Microscopy

Midwestern Association of Forensic ScientistsJune 5 - 7, 2017

Columbia College
Columbia, Missouri 65216

This is a three day workshop taught by William Randle of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab. The students will be introduced to the use of the polarized light microscope and its applications to forensic evidence including fibers, explosives, paint, and unknown substances. Students will gain an understanding of optical properties of inorganic & organic compounds and perform microcrystal tests. This workshop will be applicable to forensic scientists in trace chemistry as well as drug chemistry. Nine microscopes will be available but students are encouraged to bring their own.

Registration Fee

MAFS Member $150 / Non-MAFS Member $300

Registration Deadline

May 5, 2017

Course Instructor

For more information and to register, see the "Workshops" area at www.MAFS.net.

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IAI Certification Test Preparation Course Exam Book Review: CCSI

Forensic PiecesJune 5 - 8, 2017

TEST DAY IS FRIDAY JUNE 8TH. IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO TAKE THE TEST,
CLASS WILL END ON THURSDAY.

Sanford Police Department
815 Historic Goldsboro Blvd
Sanford, FL 32771

Hosted by Sanford Police Department

Designed for Modular One

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator

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)

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

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 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 pre testing requirements.

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Owen McDonnell, MFSA, CSCSA, CLPE, CTPE
Certified by 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 thirty 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

Victoria Arndt
(407) 408-5977 or victoria.arndt@sanfordfl.gov

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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesJune 5 - 9, 2017

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

Hosted by Irondale 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

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

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

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Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop

Forensic PiecesJune 5 - 9, 2017

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

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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Expert Witness Testimony Techniques for Laboratory Analysts

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 6 - 7, 2017

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

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

Becky Murphy, Continuing Education Coordinator
St. Louis County & Municipal Police Academy
314-889-8608
bamurphy@stlouisco.com

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Latent Print Search and Comparison Techniques

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 12 - 16, 2017

Coral Springs Police Department
2801 Coral Springs Drive - Community Room
Coral Springs, FL  33065

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 Instructors

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

AnnMarie Caruso, CS Technician
Coral Springs Police Department
954-346-1271
acaruso@coralsprings.org

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Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesJune 12 - 16, 2017

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 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

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

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

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Basic Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesJune 19 - 23, 2017

Northampton Community College
Fowler Family Southside Center
511 E. 3rd Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Hosted by Northeast Forensic Training Center

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

Course Topics

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

Sam Delrosario
sdelrosario@northampton.edu or
Joan Montalvo-Dumeng
jmontalvo-dumeng@northampton.edu
Phone: (610) 332-6426

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Advanced Sequential Processing - A Hands On Workshop

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

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

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

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

32 Hours

Course Instructor

Brian Dalrymple, CLPE

Target Audience

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

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

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

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

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

Course Contact Information

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

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Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic PiecesJune 26 - 30, 2017

Pacific Place
59 Groce Road
Lyman, SC 29365

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

Course Topics

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 26 - 30, 2017

Flagler County Sheriff's Office
Investigative Services Division
901 East Moody Blvd.
Bunnell, FL  32110

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

Laura Pazarena, Manager
Flagler County Sheriff's Office
386-586-4876
lpazarena@flaglersheriff.com

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Advanced ACE-V Applications for Fingerprint Examiners

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 26 - 30, 2017

Massachusetts State Police-Crime Scene Services
Forensic and Technology Center
124 Acton Street
Maynard, MA  01754

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, P.h.D., 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

Detective Lt. Robin L. Fabry
Massachusetts State Police-Crime Scene Services
857-377-3041
robin.fabry@state.ma.us

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Digital Crime Scene and Evidence Photography

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.June 27 - 29, 2017

Ascension Parish Office Training Facility
9094 St Landry Road
Gonzales, LA  70737

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:

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

Det. Milton Cayette, Deputy Trainer
Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office
225-621-8398
mcayette@ascensionsheriff.com

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Sexual Assault Investigations

CSI Academy of FloridaJune 28 - 30, 2017

CSI Academy of Florida
12787 US Highway 441
Alachua, FL

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

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

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

Forensic PiecesJuly 17 - 20, 2017

DC Department Of Forensics
401 E Street SW
Washington, DC 20024

Hosted by DC Department Of Forensics

Designed for Modular One and Two

Modular One: Crime Scene Investigator
Modular Two: 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 to take the test proctored 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)

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Advanced Ridgeology Science Workshop

Forensic PiecesJuly 17 - 21, 2017

Thomas County Sheriff's Office
921 Smith Avenue
Thomasville, GA 31792

Hosted by Thomas 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

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

Andy Forte
(229) 289-2012 or aforte_00@yahoo.com

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Courtroom Testimony Made Easy

Forensic PiecesJuly 24 - 25, 2017

Dallas Police Department
1600 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215

Hosted by Dallas Police Department

This two-day course is designed for crime scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and others in the field of forensic science that 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 forForensic 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

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

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Basic Crime Scene Investigations

Forensic PiecesJuly 24 - 28, 2017

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

Hosted by Cullman Police Department

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

Course Topics

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

Jody Martin
(256) 775-7177 or jmartin@cullmanal.gov

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

Forensic PiecesJuly 31 - August 4, 2017

Parker Police Department
18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Parkway
Parker, CO 80134

Hosted by Parker 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 to take the test proctored 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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Maria Pettolina
(303) 805 – 6596 or mpettolina@parkeronline.org

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis 1 Course

Baxter ForensicsAugust 7 - 11, 2017

Tulsa Police Department
6066 E 66th St. N.
Tulsa, OK 74117

Hosted by Tulsa Police Department

This is the first course in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis where the attendees will learn a variety of concepts associated with blood and bloodstains. This course provides the scientific and mathematical background for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. This course is the first step in the training progression for an individual to become a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst.

This course offers the students an introduction of the history of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Students will also receive information and discussions on the science and physics associated with bloodstain pattern analysis. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis is the scientific study of the physical properties of blood in motion and the static aftermath resulting from dynamic event(s); it follows the same scientific principles and laws of physics associated with other liquids. Because of this fact, the concepts of bloodstain pattern analysis are reproducible in a laboratory and/or experimental setting. Bloodstain Pattern Analysis has been accepted as a scientific discipline.

Discussion on bloodstain terminology and bloodstain descriptions will be provided. The attendees will receive a review of geometry and trigonometry as it relates to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Area of convergence, area of origin, bloodstain sequencing, bloodstain movement, computer uses in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, court preparations, presumptive tests and chemical enhancements and bio-hazards associated with bloodstains will also be presented.

Many of the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis concepts and events will be demonstrated through various experiments the students will perform during the course. Some of the exercises will reinforce the mathematical principals discussed while others will utilize hands on experiments using human blood. The experiments utilizing the blood will provide the attendees with opportunity to view the formation of the bloodstains under different circumstances and events. The experiments will also provide the attendees with some insight on how to setup and conduct an experiment when the analyst is presented with unique bloodstain pattern.

The attendees will develop the knowledge to recognize and document the various bloodstains encountered at crime scenes. The attendees will be introduced to and will utilize a Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Worksheet to document various bloodstain experiments. The attendees will be presented with a final mock bloody scene where they will put the training from the previous four days into action.

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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Shooting Reconstruction

Forensic PiecesAugust 14 - 18, 2017

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

Hosted by Citrus County Sheriff's Office

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

Course Topics

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Crime Scene Investigation Course (80 Hours)

Baxter ForensicsAugust 21 - 25 and August 28 - September 1, 2017
(Note: Course is two weeks long, Monday thru Friday. 8:00 am to 5:00pm)

Ottawa County Training Facility
116 DeVilliers Circle
Picher, OK 74360

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.

70 hours of this course instruction meets the Crime Scene Certification Board's approved instruction for the Crime Scene Certifications.

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 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesAugust 28 - September 1, 2017

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

Hosted by Round Rock Police Department

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

Course Topics

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Forensic PiecesSeptember 11 - 15, 2017

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

Hosted by Pasadena Police Department

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

Course Topics

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Jonathan Schmidt
(626)744-6678 or jschmidt@cityofpasadena.net

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.September 11 - 15, 2017

Westbrook Public Safety Building
570 Main Street
Westbrook, ME  04092

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

Andrew York, Evidence Technician
Westbrook Police Department
207-854-0644 Ext. 2429
ayork@westbrook.me.us

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

Forensic PiecesSeptember 18 - 22, 2017

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

Hosted by CSI Academy of Florida

Designed for Modular One, Two, and Four

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

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

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesSeptember 18 - 22, 2017

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesSeptember 25 - 29, 2017

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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Shooting Incident Reconstruction 1 Course

Baxter ForensicsSeptember 25 - 29, 2017

Round Rock Police Department
2701 N Mays
Round Rock, TX 78664

Hosted by Round Rock 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.

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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Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Forensic PiecesOctober 2 - 6, 2017

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

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

Course Topics

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

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

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

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Advanced ACE-V Applications for Fingerprint Examiners

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 2 - 6, 2017

Michigan State Police Northville Lab
42145 W. Seven Mile Road
Northville, MI  48167

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, P.h.D., 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

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

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Courtroom Testimony Techniques - Success Instead of Survival

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 11 - 12, 2017

Portland Police Bureau
14th FL Wayne Sullivan Room
1111 SW 2nd Avenue
Portland, OR  97204

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

Kimberly Yada, Identification Technician II, CTPE
Portland Police Bureau Forensic Evidence Division
503-823-0494
Kimberly.Yada@portlandoregon.gov

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

Forensic PiecesOctober 16 - 20, 2017

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

Hosted by Pasadena 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)

Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA)

Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA)

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

This course is designed to assist in the preparation for the IAI Crime Scene Investigator Certification- CCSI, CCSA and CSCSA examination. Please see the IAI website at www.theiai.org for current books to read, certification application, and requirements.

About Your Instructor:

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

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

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

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

Contact Information

Jonathan Schmidt
(626)744-6678 or jschmidt@cityofpasadena.net

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Introduction to the Science of Friction Ridge Examination

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 16 - 20, 2017

Knoxville Public Works Complex
3131 Morris Avenue, Room 210
Knoxville, TN  37909

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

Lieutenant Vincent Ayub
Knoxville Police Department
865-740-0215
vayub@knoxvilletn.gov

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Buried Body & Surface Skeletons

Forensic PiecesOctober 23 - 27, 2017

Northampton Community College
Fowler Family Southside Center
511 E. 3rd Street
Bethlehem, Pa 18015

Hosted by Northeast Forensic Training Center

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

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

Course Topics

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

Who Should Attend

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

About Your Instructor:

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

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

Contact Information

Sam Delrosario
sdelrosario@northampton.edu or
Joan Montalvo-Dumeng
jmontalvo-dumeng@northampton.edu
Phone: (610) 332-6426

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Understanding Exclusion and Sufficiency Decisions

Ron Smith & Associates, Inc.October 23 - 27, 2017

Hilton Boston/Dedham
25 Allied Drive
Boston, MA  02026

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

Tuition Cost

$600.00

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

36 Hours

Course Instructors

John Black, CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA

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

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

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International Forensic Photography Workshop

Miami Dade Medical ExaminerOctober 30 - November 3, 2017

Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner

This comprehensive, 40 hours workshop, consist of lectures and hands-on sessions designed for those in the forensic and law enforcement fields. You'll learn to: properly photograph an autopsy and related gross specimens, photograph a crime scene, utilize basic lighting and exposure techniques, use close-up photography as a tool, freeze a bullet in our high-speed gun range photo lab, full spectrum photography techniques to record images normally invisible to the human eye. Learn how to choose and maintain the equipment that is best suited for your needs. Each day will consist of lectures, hands-on shooting assignments followed by a review of the photographs. Camera equipment will be provided for use during the workshop. This workshop is approved by the IAI as professional photography training for the photography certification.

Tuition Cost

$825.00
Includes all course materials and lunches.

Course Topics Include:

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

Course Contact Information

Contact the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department, Forensic Imaging Bureau with any questions or for registration information.

Belmarie Lyons
(305) 545-2469
e-mail: blyons@miamidade.gov

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