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Touch DNA for Law Enforcement (Online)  

This is an independent study, self-paced course.

Proper collection of DNA sources found at the scene of a crime can become the key scientific evidence that is needed to later solve a complex investigation that results in conviction. During this course Dr. Jalika Waugh will teach you how to evaluate the physical evidence at the scene for its potential DNA viability and proper collection methods. She will discuss the history and current use of DNA in criminal investigations, further explaining the differences between touch and wear DNA.

Topics Include

  • What is DNA
  • Touch DNA vs. wearer DNA
  • Collecting and packaging methods
  • Bodily fluids at the crime scene
  • Limitations of touch DNA
  • DNA analysis and CODIS

Audience

Law enforcement, detectives, crime scene investigators, and evidence technicians
(Restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those assigned directly to law enforcement agencies)

Course Length

8 hours

Online Details

Online environment: This is an independent study, self-paced course. Although there are no specific times that you must be online, you will be required to complete assignments by the deadlines posted within the course. You should plan to dedicate approximately eight (8) hours to the course activities. You must be committed to the course and invest the time necessary for successful completion.

Instructors are available to answer your questions during each module via the help forum. The course must be completed within 30 days upon registration. Once the 30-day period has ended, you may no longer have access and be required to re-enroll. Additional fees may apply.

Computer requirements: You will complete the course entirely online. A dependable broadband internet connection with a Windows or Mac computer is required.

This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.

 

 

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Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online at www.iptm.org and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for a class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you.

Please do not make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Ground transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. Special rates have been negotiated at select hotels in Jacksonville for IPTM students. For more information, please visit the Locations/Lodging tab on our website at www.iptm.org or call us at (904) 620-4786.