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Click below to view descriptions of VCPI’s current Crime Scene & Forensics courses.
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Conducting Death Investigations

Conducting Death Investigations

Conducting Death Investigations

Length: 24 hours

Developed as a comprehensive, 3-day training, this course provides law enforcement investigators with guidelines and best practices for conducting death investigations in a thorough, detailed, and effective manner.

The program covers a wide range of topics to include: scene security, utilizing an investigative checklist, the proper handling and review of evidence, hands-on application of Infra Red and BLUESTAR®, and key procedures and processes related to suspicious deaths including homicides.

The comprehensive scope of the training also addresses issues and best practices related to identifying witnesses and suspects, effectively working with the Medical Examiner or Coroner’s Office and prosecutors, and crucial actions within the first 48 hours of a death investigation. Ideally suited for today’s law enforcement professionals, the course also explores timely topics such as evaluation of evidence (Fingerprints, DNA, Autopsy, Trace, Suspect and Victim’s Clothing, Firearm, Wound Identification, Toxicology, etc.), and strategies for operating a crime scene unit on a shoestring budget.

Audience:

This course is ideal for both new and seasoned law enforcement investigators, as well as those who supervise them.

Participant Feedback:

“The information that was presented was relevant and interesting to what I do. The instructor was excellent.”

“Instructor made the course flow smoothly and he was a wealth of knowledge. The course was well delivered! He covered a vast amount of information and was extremely helpful.”

Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Photography

Length: 24 hours

Have you ever testified in court with photos critical to your case which were disappointingly dark, blurry or confusing? If so, join us for this 3-day, intensive and high-energy crime scene photography course which will improve your photography skills and unlock your digital camera’s abilities.

Designed for law enforcement officers of all assignments, with any level of photography experience (or none at all), this course effectively applies simple best practices to practical, hands-on experience in a classroom environment. This training takes participants beyond the traditional photography course by addressing the challenges of everyday police work, while walking them through the process of capturing quality crime scene photos which contribute to highly effective courtroom presentations.

A unique component of this interactive course involves specific training on obtaining and using low cost Forensic Light Sources (ALS) such as Ultra Violet (UV) and Infra Red (IR) on crime scenes. These powerful technologies need not be limited to forensic laboratories, and are available, affordable and easy to understand to all levels of crime scene investigation and general police work.

All equipment is provided for course activities and photography exercises, including cameras, tripods, scales, batteries, flashlights, and ALS (IR and UV). However, when possible, participants are encouraged to bring their own, department-issued camera (and any corresponding user manual, close-up rings, tripod, off-shoe flash, etc.) as well as their department’s ALS equipment. This course will offer insights into how to cut costs when obtaining quality ALS and other equipment, while achieving results that surpass the Scientific Working Group’s standards (SWIGDE https://www.swgde.org)

Audience:

This course is designed for law enforcement officers of all assignments, with any level of photography experience (or none at all).

Participant Feedback:

"Absolutely worth the time to be here."

"Hands-on training with a lot of on-the-job examples from Jon. All three days were extremely interesting."

"This should be required for all investigators. I left the class with better understanding. Time was spent with students if they didn't understand something."

"Very well organized and excellent class overall."

Forensic Crime Scene Investigations for First Responders

Forensic Crime Scene Investigations for First Responders

Forensic Crime Scene Investigations for First Responders

Length: 24 hours

This interactive 3-day course provides both first responders and supervisors the foundations of handling and processing evidence and preserving crime scenes. Through a combination of practical exercises and a review of multiple case studies, participants will improve their forensic investigation skills and increase their overall knowledge of current best practices.

Topics covered include:

  • understanding class vs. individual evidence
  • considering and preserving evidence on scenes involving officer involved shootings
  • effective tips for searching, lifting, and sending latent fingerprints to the lab for analysis
  • footwear/tire cast impressions
  • updates and changes within the Forensic Laboratory Communities – role of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • problems and solutions with digital evidence
  • tips for using digital cameras in the field
  • creating a photo lineup
  • surveillance video (what and how to collect it)
  • audio evidence

During several mock crime scene scenarios, participants will be provided the tools and equipment to immediately put their training into practice. They will identify, lift, collect and photograph latent prints, in addition to collecting DNA from various objects and surfaces, as well as casting footwear impressions. Participants will face the realistic challenge of working with difficult surfaces such as texture, noise, patent and plastic prints. They will also practice developing fingerprints on paper, comparing latent prints with 10-print cards to learn how identifications are made.

Audience:

This course is ideal for both new and veteran officers. It is designed for first responders, and is not intended for experienced forensic crime scene investigators.

Participant Feedback:

"This was a great course. I would recommend it to anyone I work with."

"Extremely informative and educational."

"I can say you have lit a fire of passion for investigations for me. Thank you!"

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