IAI Online Workshops 2020

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The IAI, in an effort to support forensic education during this time of necessary distancing, has elected to offer a number of virtual workshops. The workshops listed below are interactive and will require pre-registration as the number of attendees is limited. Please revisit this page between now and October 1, as new courses may be added. These courses have been preapproved by Certification Boards as listed. Thank you for your interest in the IAI online courses, and if you have any questions, please contact the IAI Education Coordinator, Lesley Hammer, at iaiedplanner@gmail.com.

All courses will be conducted using Zoom. Please  visit our Zoom information page, for downloads and tutorials

October 26, 2020

Part 1  12pm - 2pm EST

October 29, 2020

Part 2  12pm - 3pm EST


Registration Deadline: October 24, 2020

What if I Don’t Agree? Approaches to Conflict Resolution in Latent Print Analysis

Instructors: Heather Conner and Penny Dechant

This course has been approved for credit by the IAI Latent Print Certification Board.

Disagreements over conclusions may lead to conflict between examiners. It is imperative that Latent Print Units have clearly defined procedures to document the conflict resolution process. This presentation will address different conflict resolution processes adopted by two Arizona agencies. Discussion of the pros and cons of these procedures will be held. Actual latent prints that have resulted in disagreement or which have gone through a conflict resolution process will be examined. An image comparison software, such as Photoshop, or the ability to print out large printouts of images for comparison will be required. All images must be destroyed upon completion of the course.

November 4, 2020

11am - 3pm EST


Registration Deadline: November 2, 2020

Accuracy in Feature Selection

Instructor: Carey Hall 

This course has been approved for credit by the IAI Latent Print Certification Board.

Detecting features that are relevant for comparison is a hallmark of friction ridge expertise. This course will provide a variety of latent images with substrate, matrix, development, and deposition distortions for experts to detect minutiae. Timely feedback about the accuracy of the features selected by participants will be provided. Feedback is critical for calibrating expert skill. Conservative detection of relevant features can lead to missed suitability and identification decisions. Erroneous detection of minutiae leads to sloppy documentation and may lead to decision errors. Strategies for maximizing minutiae detection and explanation of elements of the visual system will be included. Recommendations for further calibration exercises will be provided.  

November 11, 2020

10:30am -2:30pm EST


Registration Deadline: November 9, 2020

Latent Print Testimony: How to be Transparent without feeling Naked.

Instructor: Heidi Eldridge 

This course has been approved for credit by the IAI Latent Print Certification Board.

Since the 2009 NAS report, changes to the expectations of latent print testimony have multiplied. A trend away from dogmatic statements of fact toward transparent statements of data-supported opinion has left many latent print examiners struggling with the transition. This workshop considers some of the tough concepts that come up in court including error rate, discriminability, certainty, variability, bias, uniqueness, and the identification decision. It will demonstrate one way to present findings without feeling exposed.

November 18, 2020

12pm - 4pm EST


Registration Deadline: November 3, 2020

New Methods for the Detection of Lead, Copper and Nitrite Residues

Instructor:  Evan Thompson

This course has been approved for credit by the Crime Scene Certification Board.

Students will have the opportunity to learn how to detect lead, copper and nitrite residues on a number of test panels, each with a bullet hole produced by a 9mm Luger caliber full metal jacketed bullet.  Students will be able to utilize these tests within the laboratory or out in the field with minimum equipment.  The test panels will consist of cloth (clothing), dry wall (home), wood siding (house), sheet metal (vehicle), a non yielding surface (ricochet), rubber (tire) and nitrites present on human skin (gunshot wound).  Each of the detection papers utilized are certified from the factory. NOTE: Each student will receive a package of testing samples and materials by US Mail. This course is limited to participants located in the continental US due to mailing restrictions. Each student will need to supply a small amount of ammonia (over the counter type), gloves, eye protection, disposable plastic eye dropper, paper, and be able to access the zoom session from a workbench or other location suitable for conducting the chemical tests. 

December 2, 2020

12pm - 4pm EST


Registration Deadline: November 30, 2020

Crime Scene Management

Instructor: Larry Stringham

This course has been approved for credit by the Crime Scene Certification Board.

This course is designed give a fresh new look into the complexed world of crime scene management.  The student will be given a brief overview of what crime scene management is about to include determining your scene, evaluating needs and sequence of events, proper note taking and delegation and finally evidence collection and safety.  

December 14, 2020

12pm - 4pm EST


Registration Deadline: December 12, 2020

Meeting the CSI Effect Head On: Crime Scene Diagrams, 360 Degree Panoramas, and Virtual Tours Oh My!

Instructor:  Stephanie Hoffman

This course has been approved for credit by the Crime Scene Certification Board.

Fortunately, there are budget-conscious apps and software suites for all of that. Be sure to have your smartphones, tablets, and laptops preloaded with the referenced apps and software to receive hands-on instruction and experience with crime scene diagramming (MagicPlan and RoomScan apps), 360 degree imaging (Madventure 360 app and PTGui trial software), and virtual tour (Pano2VR and Cupix trial software) solutions that will allow you to efficiently create dynamic demonstrative exhibits for investigative, prosecutorial, tactical, and training purposes.