Crime scene processing is the foundation to successful investigation and prosecution of crimes. Without a thorough crime scene investigation, key elements of a crime may not be recognized or established. Although each crime scene will vary slightly, there are essential crime scene investigation practices which can guide crime scene personnel in physical evidence recovery and methodical documentation. Physical evidence recovered from the crime scene may take various forms; therefore, having an understanding of the types of physical evidence typically encountered at a crime scene will aid the investigator in locating and collecting the most valuable evidence. Developing proper documentation and evidence collection practices is critical for any crime scene investigator.
This five-day Essential Crime Scene Investigations course is designed to introduce crime scene personnel to essential crime scene processing methods that can be employed at any type of scene. Initial crime scene response, note taking, diagramming, search techniques, and photography principles will be covered. Various types of evidence typically located at crime scenes will be discussed, as well as methods for proper collection, development, and preservation of located evidence. Friction ridge and footwear processing and preservation techniques will be covered in detail along with documentation of bloody scenes and collection of biological evidence, to include chemical processing with Amido Black and LCV. Topics will include cleaned crime scenes and blood search techniques such as grid searching and Bluestar®, in addition to low light photography principles. Lastly, the course will delve into report writing, court testimony preparation and techniques, and Photoshop processing tools.
Practical exercises will be utilized throughout the course to enhance the learning experience. All practical activities are designed to provide participants with a foundation to better approach crime scenes and employ best practices. At the culmination of this training, students will be well equipped to approach crime scenes with knowledge and essential tools to perform a systematic crime scene investigation.
Initial Scene Response, Notes, Diagramming
Crime Scene Photography
Crime Scene Photography Review
Scene Search, Physical Evidence, Evidence Collection
Friction Ridge Development and Processing Techniques
Processing, Documentation, and Collection of Blood Evidence
Cleaned Scenes, Bluestar®
Low Light Photography
Footwear Evidence and Footwear Processing Techniques
Chemical Processing Techniques to include Amido Black and LCV
Examination Quality Photography
Report Writing and Court Testimony Techniques
Creating Demonstrative Aids
This course has been approved for 40 hours of certification/recertification training credit by the IAI Crime Scene Certification Board.