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
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
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