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Forensic Evidence from Crash Fatalities  

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.

Topics Include

  • 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


Traffic crash investigators, crime scene technicians, and all other personnel involved in the evidence recovery process from vehicle traffic crashes

Course Length

20 hours

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Forensic Evidence from Crash Fatalities course is eligible for 20 ACTAR CEUs.


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.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Brought to light new techniques that can be very valuable to collision investigators.” – B.F.
  • “Excellent course!” – E.N.


Forensic Evidence from Crash Fatalities
    9/27/2017 - 9/29/2017 Scottsdale Arizona    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $595.00
Class will be held at:  Scottsdale Police Department District 1
Scottsdale Police Substation,  7601 East McKellips Road Scottsdale, AZ 85281
Instructor(s): Glenn Luben, Donald Barker

Forensic Evidence from Crash Fatalities
    12/12/2017 - 12/14/2017 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $595.00
Class will be held at:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224
Instructor(s): Glenn Luben, Donald Barker