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Crime Scene Investigations

January 29 - February 2

Crime scene photography, PNWDIAI training opportunity, Advanced Crime scene photography, crime scene processing

This five-day (40 hour) course is intended for crime scene investigators/forensic technicians and detectives/investigators who are called upon to process crime scenes. Patrol officers who do not normally process crime scenes will benefit from this course especially if and when they are called upon to preserve and process a crime scene because the crime scene response personnel are unavailable. This course is not intended for those who have taken an advanced crime scene course except as a refresher.

This is a hands-on course designed to familiarize those mentioned above with the basic technical skills needed to identify, document, preserve and collect the most common types of evidence found at crime scenes. Students will learn the proper steps on how to approach, document and to process a variety of crime scenes. Students will have the opportunity to participate in numerous practical exercises to establish a baseline knowledge in everything from crime scene documentation with a mock scene, shooting trajectory, bloodstain pattern analysis, and more. A good portion of this training will focus on digital and ALS photography and on fingerprint processing techniques utilizing a variety of chemicals and forensic light sources.

Below are some of the topics that will be covered in class.
• Role of a Crime Scene/Forensic Technician
• Initial Response for LEOs/EMS/CSIs
• Types of Scenes and Different Approach to Processing of Each
• Physical Evidence, Pattern Evidence and Material Evidence
• Evidence and Biological Evidence Recognition, Collection and Packaging
• Sketch and Measurement Methods
• Question Documents
• Firearms, Ammunition and Trajectory Reconstruction
• Death Investigation with Entomology and Anthropology
• Bloodstain Pattern Recognition and Documentation
• Photography and Alternate Light Source Photography relating to the Crime Scene Investigator
• Fingerprints and Development Methods
• Report Writing
• Preparing for Depositions and Trials

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