Instructor: John Volek Course length: 16 hours
Crime Scene Metal Detector Operations will provide the crime scene investigator with a basic understanding of the nomenclature and operation of metal detectors. This course will also teach the techniques needed to successfully locate metallic items of evidence such as, but not limited to, firearms, projectiles, and shell casings. This training will permit the investigator to find more evidence and/or find the evidence more quickly.
The design of this course is specific to the following metal detectors: Garrett CSI 250, Garrett CSI Pro, or the Garrett AT Pro. (For other metal detectors, please contact us.)
b. Metal Detectors Twelve Components and Optional Accessories
d. Batteries, Power ON and OFF, and Factory Resetting
e. Metal Detector Control Panel
2. Target Information
a. Target ID Legend - Ferrous (iron) and Non-Ferrous
b. Target ID Cursor (Upper Scale) 20 graphic degree segments
c. Target ID Notch Discrimination Scale
d. Target ID Depth Indicator
e. Digital Target ID (1 thru 99)
3. Ground Balancing
a. Ground Balancing - Push Button Operation
b. Automatic Ground Balancing
c. Manual Ground Balancing
4. Frequency Adjustment
a. Frequency Adjustment (F1-F4) Interference Reduction
5. Tone ID and Tone Roll Audio
a. Low-Tones (ferrous target nails-iron)
b. Medium Tones (small non-ferrous, lead bullets, small shell casings)
c. High Tones (non-ferrous larger brass and cooper bullet casings)
d. Tone Variations (target orientation and size)
6. Search Modes
a. Custom Mode (adjustable by the user will be retained at power off)
b. Zero Mode (adjustable- not retained at power off)
7. Notch Discrimination
a. Notch Discrimination Notch DISC push buttons (+), (-)
b. Notch Discrimination ( proportional discrimination)
8. Iron Discrimination
a. Iron Discrimination Setting 0-40
b. Iron Discrimination Push Buttons Operations
c. Iron Discrimination and Combined Conductivity (multiple targets)
9. Iron Audio
a. Iron Audio ON/OFF
b. Iron Disc Settings (audible iron identification for enhanced target identification)
10. Bench or Air Testing
a. Observe Digital Target ID"s
c. Iron Audio
11. Field Metal Detecting
a. Search Grids
b. Sweeping the Coil
d. Target Recovery
Equipment Requirements: Garrett CSI 250, Garrett CSI Pro, or Garrett AT Pro, accompanied by a Garrett Hand-Held Pin-Pointer Metal Detector, Metal Detector Headphones, and a Handheld digging Tool.
Practical Exercise: The topics presented in this class will be evaluated by written tests and performance evaluations during the entirety of this course.
I have been a CSI for 9 ½ years. I have processed hundreds of shooting scenes. (The instructor), Sgt. Volek, has taught me valuable tips to better recover ballistic evidence on crime scenes. Regardless of your experience, I highly recommend this course. This course will give you the confidence you need while utilizing your metal detector on shooting scenes.
CSI A. Clate
Fort Lauderdale Police Department
(The instructor), John (Volek) was wonderful. I know he asked for some negative feed so he can make his course better. Unfortunately, I don’t have any to provide. I thought John was great, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be around. The love and passion he has for what he does really shows.
Great class. Allows the operator the added capabilities to better understand the use of metal detection devices and their applications in a CSI/law enforcement environment.
Det. D. Rosario
I thoroughly enjoyed this class. I’ve used my metal detector before and I have found guns, shell casings, and knives. But it was painstaking, and honestly more about luck than skill or knowledge. Now that I have attended the course, I feel much more comfortable and competent when using my equipment. I know that this will help me locate more evidence, and much more quickly and efficiently. Very fun class.
Sanford Police Dept.
(It was) a course that was relevant, hands on, and practical that can help a new person to metal detecting and also help a person like me with prior metal detecting knowledge. Great teaching. (The instructor is) very knowledgeable on metal detecting and how it relates to law enforcement. Answered all questions that were asked, even from me who has prior metal detecting knowledge. (I'd suggest offering) more of these classes and to be able to have these classes throughout the country (Northeast), and maybe also an advanced class if needed.
James M. Burkhart #391
Reading Police Dept.