This course will provide you with in-depth instruction on the correct procedures for processing blood evidence at a crime scene or in a lab. You will gain an understanding of basic bloodstain patterns encountered at crime scenes, how to properly document those patterns, and how to utilize various chemical enhancement techniques. You will learn methods to evaluate a crime scene to determine the type of crime that has been committed and the physical parameters of the area of involvement. We will show you how to properly locate, document, collect, and preserve the physical evidence at the scene. You will also be introduced to networks and databases that can assist you in the investigative process.
Exercises will reinforce the classroom discussions to enhance your understanding of the basic principles of bloodstain pattern analysis, enhancement techniques, including chemical and alternate light sources, and proper documentation and collection.
- Crime scene analysis
- Overview of bloodstain principles
- Recognition of bloodstain patterns
- Presumptive tests for blood
- Blood chemical enhancement techniques
- Photography documentation
Crime scene technicians, crimes against persons detectives, investigations supervisors, forensic investigators, first responding officers, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel, and non-sworn personnel who process crime scenes.
This course is restricted to active sworn and non-sworn law enforcement and medical examiner personnel.
You must have a basic working knowledge of your assigned camera system.
What to Bring
- Agency issued camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) and accessories
- SD card reader
- Soft clothing for day 2. You will be handling chemicals during hands-on practicals.
- Light jacket as the classroom may be cool.
This is an introductory bloodstain chemical enhancement and documentation course. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera systems for the documentation portion of the course. This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.
This course is not eligible for certificate discounts.