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Crime Scene Processing Workshop   

This course will provide you with hands-on training in the latest state-of-the-art techniques for crime scene processing. Emphasis will be given to recognizing, documenting, collecting, preserving, 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, locating and collecting DNA evidence and using light energy to process a scene. You will also learn how to interpret bloodstain patterns and use chemical enhancement methods.

Each of the techniques covered during the course will be accompanied by a discussion on how to explain the particular process in court. The instructor will share actual cases where techniques were successful in solving cases.

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 patterns, etc.
  • Bloodstain documentation and chemical enhancement
  • Courtroom testimony involving all evidence discussed throughout the course

Audience

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

Prerequisite(s)

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

Note

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.

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.
  • “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.
  • “Course was outstanding. Instructor was very knowledgeable and had a very interesting way of involving the whole class. Her passion is evident and contagious. Keep it up! Great job!” – Inv. J.B.
  • “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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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 info@iptm.org 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. 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 our Locations/Lodging page or call us at (904) 620-4786.