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Crime Scene Processing Workshop   

This course was created to build confidence in your ability to work through processing a crime scene from receiving a request for processing to testifying on the witness stand. Techniques and information are provided not only through presentations, but hands-on training and real case examples. Instructors will cover a broad range of topics with emphasis given to recognizing, documenting, collecting, preserving, processing, and analyzing physical evidence. Investigators, crime scene technicians, and agency personnel who investigate crime scenes will all benefit from this course.

We will pay particular attention to the interpretation of discovered evidence, its value within the scene, and usefulness in solving the crime. You will participate in exercises that will give you experience in latent print development techniques and using light energy to process a scene. You will also learn how to interpret bloodstain patterns and use chemical enhancement methods. Courtroom procedures and information for presenting crime scene evidence will also be discussed.

Topics Include

  • Discussion of specific evidence-related scenes ranging from simple property crimes to crimes against persons
  • Photography procedures for scene documentation
  • DNA and where to find it and collect it
  • Latent print development techniques
  • Alternative light sources – processing scenes and related evidence with light energy
  • Casting – tire and shoe impressions, etc.
  • Bloodstain documentation and chemical enhancement
  • Evidence collection and packaging
  • Courtroom testimony


Crime scene technicians, patrol officers, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, medical examiner and coroner investigators, and military investigative personnel

This course is restricted to active sworn and non-sworn law enforcement and medical examiner personnel.

Course Length

24 hours


You should have some field experience or knowledge of crime scene processing.


This course is IAI Crime Scene Certification approved.

What to Bring


  • Clothing suitable for processing evidence using chemicals and powders
  • Gloves and other necessary protective wear will be provided.


  • A digital camera to document field exercises

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “The course revealed many areas that needed improvement in my processes. Many ideas and processes will be added to the job.” – J.W.
  • “The hands-on activities we did really helped me understand techniques I've never used before.” – A.C. Crime Scene Tech
  • "I really enjoyed this workshop. It was an in-depth look at the things I've been learning since I started. The instructors were great and engaging.” – J.W.
  • “Excellent quality of instruction and real life application.” – P.B. Crime Scene Tech.
  • “The instructors were very knowledgeable on each of the topics. Showed different techniques to process scene for departments that do not have the funds for top grade equipment.” – Dep. Inv. J.D.
  • “Excellent class!” – Det. B.P.
  • “I loved the hands on work. I do not work in crime scene, but the course was helpful in my job as a violent crimes investigator.” – Inv. K.L.
  • “Class was very hands on. Really enjoy the class; instructor really knows everything about processing a crime scene. Very knowledgeable.” – K.T., Evidence Technician
  • “Great course. Instructor was very knowledgeable with material and up-to-date with current techniques.” – Inv/Capt J.O.
  • "Amazing class! It really boosted my confidence when dealing with crime scenes. I'd honestly take this class again! – N.P., Evidence Techinician



Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online 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 an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or 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. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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