This advanced course will take you beyond the blood basics and increase your knowledge and skills in bloodstain pattern analysis. We will also take an in-depth look at the judicial process for becoming qualified to give effective witness testimony.
“Hands-on” experience with actual bloodstain patterns and advanced chemical processing techniques will help strengthen your recognition and analytical abilities and enhance your knowledge of various applications.
We will analyze case studies to teach you how to prepare and document your findings and a moot court exercise will give you an opportunity to testify about your conclusions. We will also examine the Daubert Decision and other expert witness issues that may impact your testimony.
This course will help law enforcement and civilian investigators present their opinions involving bloodstain patterns in a courtroom setting with confidence, while meeting the minimal requirements for expert testimony.
- Pattern identification
- Case studies
- Preparing experiments for confirmation of findings
- Preparing exhibits for the courtroom
- Moot courtroom testimony
Patrol officers, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, crime scene technicians, medical examiner and coroner investigators, military investigative personnel, and prosecuting attorneys
This class is restricted to active law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys employed by governmental agencies.
You should have completed a 40-hour “wet lab” study of bloodstain pattern analysis prior to attending this course.
This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.
What to Bring
- Appropriate clothing for field exercises which may require bending, stooping or prone on the floor measuring as well as documenting bloodstains created by veterinarian provided, preventatively tested animal blood.
- Camera and equipment to document field exercises