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.
- 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
Law enforcement, detectives, crime scene investigators, and evidence technicians
This class is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those assigned directly to law enforcement agencies.
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 and Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download) are required.
What Our Students Are Saying
- “This course required participations in discussions. This made me engage more in the course material and stay focused.” - Inv. E.S.
- "The delivery of the subject matter was easy to follow." - Inv. J.S.
This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.