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Courtroom Training

Raymond Davis will be teaching a courtroom testimony training class March 30-April 1 (depending on the number of attendees we may add an extra day, March 29) at the Scottsdale Police Crime Laboratory located at 7601 E. McKellips (1/2 mile between Scottsdale Rd. and McClintock).

Testimony training

EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY TECHNIQUES FOR LABORATORY ANALYSTS

Glendale, AZ | May 11-12, 2016
Instructor: Ron Smith, CLPE
Duration: 2 Days | Hours: 16 | Tuition: $300.00

Testimony training

Forensic ITC Services in partnership with Forensic Pieces will be offering a Basic Courtroom Testimony course October 22-25, 2016 in Chandler, AZ at the Hyatt Place Phoenix/Chandler-Fashion Center.

3535 West Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

Houston training

Crime Scene Investigation

This class focuses on crime scene investigation, evidence collection and documentation, key components of any criminal investigation. This course will teach students the importance of properly processing a scene and preparing different cases for court. The course includes instruction on the legal considerations of a crime scene search , including approaching the scene, sketching, photographing, latent print processing, identification and evidence collection and preservation, including DNA, digital and firearms evidence. Students who attend this course will process a mock crime scene at HFSC’s Crime Scene House, providing them a unique opportunity to receive hands-on instruction and practical application of evidence collection, case review and other topics covered in the course.
Feb 1-5, 2016

Introduction to Fingerprint Comparison

This course provides students with a short history on fingerprints, fingerprint pattern interpretation, classification systems including AFIS, the basic physiology of friction ridge formation, the taking of inked fingerprints, basic tools/methodology used in fingerprint comparison and basic courtroom testimony dealing with enhanced punishment (pen packet testimony). The bulk of this class will be devoted to comparing inked prints to inked prints. Each student will need to bring a fingerprint magnifier.
This is a beginner course designed for criminal justice personnel who may work with fingerprints. No experience is necessary. This class does not prepare students for latent print comparison. That topic is covered in two separate training programs. It is best to work with a mentor for a year between each class.
Feb 15-19, 2016

Shooting Reconstruction

This five-day course teaches participants to examine, measure, document and collect physical evidence and to apply them to the reconstruction of shooting incidents. The first two days of the courses focuses on the special circumstances surrounding the investigation of officer-involved shootings. The course is designed for crime scene investigators, technicians, detectives, analysts, supervisors, attorneys and others involved in the forensic sciences. In addition to lectures, hands-on practical exercises will take place at the Houston Forensic Science Center’s Crime Scene House, a facility specially designed to teach such investigative techniques.
Feb 29 – Mar 4, 2016

Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation

This unique two-day course focuses on the methodical, careful and exhaustive strategies required when investigating an officer-involved shooting or other critical incident. Participants will learn to recognize, document and recover physical evidence at a scene that can draw great public criticism and scrutiny. The workshop will also teach proper methods of crime scene reconstruction. The course is designed for crime scene investigators, technicians, detectives, analysts, supervisors, attorneys and others involved in the forensic sciences. In addition to lectures, hands-on practical exercises will take place a the Houston Forensic Science Center’s Crime Scene House, a facility specially designed to teach such investigative techniques.
Feb 29, 2016

Forensic Photography

This 40-hour course, designed for crime scene investigators and lab personnel, addresses basic concepts in police and forensic photography. The class introduces students to the practical issues and methods used by crime scene investigators, specifically how to capture photographic evidence meant to be introduced in court and how to convey the details of a laboratory examination. Students will gain, through lecture coupled with many hands-on exercises, not only the fundamental skills for utilizing the essential functions of a digital camera, but also advanced techniques for capturing very challenging photographic scenarios.

Students should come to class with a digital single-lens reflex camera and a tripod. Optional equipment includes a shutter-release cable, extra batteries, a memory card, and an external flash with sync cord.
Mar 7, 2016

Forensic Anthropology/Skeletal Recovery

This comprehensive, 40-hour course is designed for crime scene investigators and teaches participants to use anthropology to investigate a crime scene. The course is a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises. It includes a review of human skeletal anatomy, distinguishing non-human remains, recognizing artifacts of skeletonization-or the final stages of decomposition-and environmental effects on bone. Students will also learn to search for, document and recover skeletal remains and associated physical evidence found at a crime scene. The course will discuss fundamental methods used by anthropologists to create a biological profile for the individual, such as ancestry, sex, age, and stature. This also provides information necessary for individual identification and the reconstruction of events surrounding a death. Participants will work in teams to process mock scenes involving surface and buried skeletal remains.
Apr 4, 2016

New Hampshire job

NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE POLICE FORENSIC LAB – CONCORD, NH

Criminalist I – Latent Print Examiner
Closing Date: November 13, 2015
Pay Range: $47,382 – $63,044 Annually (starting pay commensurate with experience)

Job Description

Performs a wide variety of physical and chemical analyses on questioned samples seized in connection with criminal investigations specifically related to fingerprint examinations in the identification unit. This may involve conducting specialized crime scene processing tasks involving identification, documentation, collection, and preservation of physical evidence.
Interprets and compiles analytical results and writes technical reports detailing these findings, which are forwarded to submitting agencies and introduced into evidence at criminal trials. Testifies to these findings as an expert witness in depositions and criminal trials and prepares court exhibits for presentation at trial.
Employs specialized photographic equipment and techniques such as laser fluorescence illumination, oblique lighting and selective wavelength filtration in order to optimize the visualization and photographic reproduction of obscure latent impression evidence.
Receives, inventories and records physical evidence submitted to the Forensic Laboratory and maintains strict legal accountability and custody of physical evidence to ensure its court admissibility.
Operates the Tri-State Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and the FBI/NGI Automated Fingerprint Identification System in both latent and ten-print searching capabilities.
Maintains any applicable standard operating procedures and examination protocols that apply to the identification unit. Develops/validates new standard operating procedures and protocols as necessary.
Provides training and technical advice to law enforcement personnel to improve their knowledge and skills in classification, processing and taking of fingerprints.

Requirements

Education: Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with major study in chemistry, biological sciences, or forensic science. Each additional year of approved formal education may be substituted for one year of required work experience.
Experience: Two years experience in chemistry, biological sciences, or forensic laboratory duties. Additional years of related work experience may not be substituted for the formal education required by this class specification.
License/Certification: Eligibility for New Hampshire driver’s license.

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