Instructor: Sharon Plotkin, EDD, CCSI
Course length: 7 hours
Bloodstain Pattern Recognition
DESCRIPTION: Violent crime scenes usually involve blood shedding events that if properly recognize and documented not only can answer vital questions but allow for bloodstain pattern analysts to be able to assist in rendering important opinions and lead to successful investigative outcomes. This workshop will provide the foundation for bloodstain pattern recognition in answering pertinent questions such as where people may be positioned on a crime scene, type of instrumentation used, directionality of bloodstains, effects of surfaces on bloodstains and force applied. Chemical use for enhancing and detecting blood and documentation techniques for blood shedding events will also be examined.
LEARNING GOALS: At the completion of this 7-hour webinar (6-hour lecture, 1-hour practical exercise), the student will be introduced to the historical perspectives of blood stain pattern recognition relevant to blood shedding events on crime scenes. Participants will be introduced to the application of this information in successfully recognizing and the documenting of important blood stain patterns that will aid in the criminal investigation. A follow up practical will ensure the objectives have been met. Students must complete the assignment in order to receive the certificate.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Crime scene and law enforcement personnel
LEVEL: basic, intermediate
ATTENDEES PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES:
1.Attendees will be able to describe the historical perspective of bloodstain pattern recognition.
2.Attendees will be able to discuss the effects of surfaces on blood stain patterns.
3.Attendees will be able to define blood stain patterns.
4.Attendees will be able to explain blood enhancement and detection techniques.
5.Attendees will be able to describe the importance of documentation and the application of documentation techniques of blood stain patterns.
6.Attendees will be able to discuss Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and safety issues when investigating blood present on crime scenes.
Historical perspective of Bloodstain Pattern recognition and reconstruction- 60 minutes
Effects of Surfaces- 60 minutes
Bloodstain pattern recognition- 135 minutes
Bloodstain pattern recognition Interactive Exercise- 60 minutes
Blood enhancement versus detection- 30 minutes
Quiz and evaluations- 15 minutes
Post Course Practical Exercise- 60 minutes
PowerPoint presentation with lecture
This course has been approved for 7 hours of certification/re-certification training credits in the IAI Bloodstain Pattern Certification Board.
Sharon obtained her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Florida International University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, also from Florida International University and an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Broward Community College. She is currently seeking a doctoral degree in education. She is a member of several forensic organizations including American Academy of Forensic Science, International Association for Identification and Goldcoast Forensics.
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