In this course, you will learn best practices and procedures for the search, recovery and documentation of evidence from vehicles that have been involved in DUI, hit-and-run, pedestrian strike collisions or those involving questionable occupant kinematics.
We will show you how to locate, collect and process evidence from both the exterior and interior of the vehicle. Using actual vehicle crash and pedestrian-involved investigations, you will learn practical photography techniques for documenting this evidence.
You will learn about the most effective methods and use of equipment for discovery and interpretation of evidence such as bloodstain patterns, orientation of hair and fiber, and for recovering and packaging DNA evidence. The capabilities of state, federal, and private laboratories will also be discussed.
• Basics of vehicle documentation photography
• Forensic light sources
• Search techniques utilizing light energy for trace evidence recovery
• Evidence recovery and collection techniques
• Touch DNA
• Fingerprint development techniques
• Bloodstain patterns
Notes: You should bring your agency’s camera, alternative light sources (i.e. black light), and forensic lamps (Lumalite, Polylite, Omnichrome, Crime Scope, etc.) with you. The class will visit a salvage yard for practical application of the techniques taught and use of equipment. Clothing appropriate for the outdoor exercise is encouraged.
Audience: Traffic crash investigators, crime scene technicians, and all other personnel involved in the evidence recovery process from vehicle traffic crashes
Course length: 20 hours