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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


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


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.


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.

To Apply click here

Las Vegas Job Posting

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Forensic Laboratory is seeking qualified individuals to fill the following positions:

Forensic Scientist I – Latent Prints
Minimum requirements:

  • One year of full-time forensic scientist professional work experience in processing and comparison of latent print evidence and
  • B.A/B.S. degree in a physical or natural science or a forensic science related field

Forensic Scientist II – Latent Prints
Minimum requirements:

  • Three years of full-time forensic scientist professional work experience in processing and comparison of latent print evidence and
  • B.A/B.S. degree in a physical or natural science or a forensic science related field

You can complete an application by going to

Watch a video about LVMPD at

Certification Test Prep

IAI Certification Test Preparation Course: CCSI, CCSA & CSCSA

February 1 – 5, 2016

Chandler Heights Substation
4040 E. Chandler Heights
Chandler, AZ 85249

Hosted by Chandler Police Department, Instruction through ForensicPieces by Jan Johnson, SCLA

Contact information: Tanya Keeton

More information can be found here:


Forensic Photography Training

Please see the link below for information on a Forensic Photography class being offered in Houston in November.


The City of Mesa is a great place to work! In addition to competitive salaries, the City also has a generous amount of other benefits available. For more information, please see our website: Crime Scene Unit Supervisor ($46,348.38 – $66,081.60 Annually) 

As the Crime Scene Unit Supervisor, you will have direct supervision over a squad of Crime Scene Specialists and Senior Crime Scene Specialists involved in the examination and investigation of all types of crime scene and accident investigations in support of law enforcement activities. You will work in the field monitoring subordinates’ work, participating in the processing of crime scenes, coordinating the investigation of crime scenes with sworn supervisors in the field, and ensuring that tasks are performed in accordance with standard operating procedures, regulations, and accreditation standards. Success in this role will require you to perform the following duties:

  • Review technical reports, create and maintain work schedules, complete thorough documentation of subordinates’ work performance as well as completing performance evaluations; and complete payroll and other administrative functions.
  • Train the Crime Scene Specialists and other department personnel in the forensic disciplines and functions of the Forensic Services.
  • Perform duties of a Crime Scene Specialist which includes:
    • Photographing all types of crime and accident scenes to record the appearance of evidence using highly-skilled photographic and evidence-gathering techniques.
    • Identifying, collecting, and securing physical evidence such as blood, body fluids, hair and fibers, and firearms for laboratory testing and use as evidence in criminal prosecutions.
    • Searching for and developing latent prints at crime scenes.
    • Photographing and fingerprinting suspects, investigate leads, victims (including deceased individuals) and witnesses.
    • Producing castings and comparative photographs of footprints, tire tracks and other impressions.
    • Developing electronic composite drawings of suspects.
    • Testifying in court.
  • Use of chemicals in the field may be necessary in order to perform certain tasks.
  • Write detailed reports with proper grammar and punctuation, as well as establishing and maintaining records to ensure proper chain of custody of physical.

You will be a civilian classification assigned to Forensic Services in the Police Department. The work requires the exercise of initiative and independent judgment in implementing established work methods and procedures. Supervision is received from a Forensic Services Supervisor or Forensic Scientist Supervisor who reviews work through reports, meetings, observation of work in progress, and overall results achieved. In this position, you must be able to complete detailed tasks with minimal errors and supervision. Good verbal and written communication skills are important. The work requires exposure to dangerous chemicals and evidence that may be biohazardous and carcinogenic. You may be required to use a respirator when these elements are present. A Crime Scene Unit Supervisor requires shift work, working weekends and holidays and is subject to emergency call-out.

This class is FLSA nonexempt.


Minimum Qualification Required.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 2.0 (out of a possible 4.0) or better.
  • 2 years of experience as a Crime Scene Specialist (or equivalent).
  • Coursework or previous training in Photography and Criminalistics.

Special Requirements.

  • Must possess a valid Arizona driver’s license by hire date.
  • Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of work required, successful completion of a polygraph and background investigation is required.
  • Must meet the qualifications to wear a tight fitting respirator by passing a medical evaluation in accordance with CFR 1910.134 by hire or promotion date and must maintain certification.
  • Candidates given a conditional job offer will be required to successfully complete a psychological evaluation and medical examination.

Substance Abuse Testing.

  • Due to the safety, and/or security sensitive nature of this classification, individuals shall be subject to pre-employment or pre-placement alcohol, drug, and/or controlled substance testing as outlined in City policy and procedures.

Preferred/Desirable Qualifications.

  • Courses in Physical Science (Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Forensic Science) is highly desirable.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college/university in Biology/Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Forensic Science.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • International Association for Identification certification in Forensic Photography, Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Scene Analyst, Senior Crime Scene Analyst and/or Latent Print Examiner is also preferred.

City of Mesa offers a competitive benefits package. A CITY OF MESA ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.  Applications will be available as of the opening date of 07/24/15. Apply by date is 07/30/15. For complete job description, requirements and online application form, please visit our web site at:

The City of Mesa respects, values and welcomes diversity in our workforce. To this end, we encourage all interested people to apply.



Footwear Training

Examination and Comparison of Footwear Evidence

August 17-21, 2015
Peoria PD
8351 W. Cinnabar Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85374

5 days / 40 hours / $500

Course Description: The course is specifically designed for those forensic examiners wanting to become involved in the examination and comparison of footwear evidence. Mr. Hilderbrand focuses the learning techniques and concepts with a “can do attitude”. His teaching abilities helps new examiners to begin building a strong structure from their abilities in order to perform the examination and comparison process of this critical type of evidence. The material is presented in a clear, understandable manner using lectures, open dialogs, a little bit of humor and lots of “Hands On” exercises that are all designed to instill confidence for that first footwear case. This course will provide the examiner with a solid understanding of the proper methods and techniques for performing the examination and comparison of different types of footwear evidence found at crime scenes.