Heidi Sievers, Ph.D., CBPA, CCSI & Austin Sievers
Course length: 24 hours
This course focuses on the detection and enhancement of latent bloodstains, including documentation and preservation methods. Students will be exposed to various chemical presumptive tests, and enhancement and detection chemicals. Students will also be tasked with photographing their results.
It is recommended that students have previously completed a basic crime scene processing workshop course or have experience in the field. Students will need to bring the following equipment, if possible: DSLR camera, tripod, macro lens, and external flash.
DAY 1- Students will be introduced to the foundations of the sequential processing model. Students will be provided an overview of blood detection and enhancement chemicals, including the properties they react to within blood. Students will have the opportunity to practice with bloodstain enhancement chemicals and photograph their results.
DAY 2- Students will be introduced to blood detection methods for latent bloodstains such as Luminol, Bluestar Forensic, and IR photography. Students will prepare their detection chemicals and process scenes and evidence for possible detection of latent bloodstains. Students will be required to photograph their results.
DAY 3- Students will be provided numerous mock scene and evidence scenarios to allow them to apply their knowledge of sequential processing as it relates to blood detection and enhancement.
This course has been approved for 24 hours of certification/recertification training credit by the IAI Crime Scene Certification & Bloodstain Pattern Certification Boards.
Holding a PhD in Criminology and a Master’s Degree in Forensics and Criminal Justice. She is an International Association for Identification Certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst (CBPA) and Certified Crime Scene Investigator (CCSI).
She owns Sievers Forensics, which specializes in bloodstain pattern analysis training, case consultation, and research. Sievers Forensics has assisted local and state law enforcement agencies, such as Sheriff’s Offices, Medical Examiner’s Office, and Florida Highway Patrol, in both case review and training courses.
Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensic Science. Currently, he serves as a trainer and consultant with Sievers Forensics, which focuses on forensic case and evidence review, as well as, providing forensic training to both academic institutions as well as law enforcement agencies.
Sievers is a former certified law enforcement officer through the State of Florida previously serving Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being assigned to patrol, he was a forensic investigator with the same agency. Given his unique experience of forensics prior to certified law enforcement, he provided forensic processing training to a number of deputies both within his squad as well as the agency overall.
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