Basic Crime Scene Investigation - Dolan Consulting Group
Number: 758
MemberFee: No Fee
Contact: 309-268-8430 or mtu8training@heartland.edu

Successful prosecution of criminals often depends on key evidence collected at the scene of the crime. As advancements in the field of forensic science continue to reach new levels so has the need for professional crime scene investigations.

Course participants will learn today’s best scientific practices in the identification, preservation, and collection of evidence at crime scenes from some of the leading professionals in the field. A blend of classroom instruction and a hands-on practical application will give participants the ability to confidently process a crime scene. Areas of study will include:

• Crime Scene Management
• Crime Scene Photography
• Latent Print Processing and Recovery
• Processing and Recovery of Biological Evidence
• Digital Evidence Recovery
• Scene Diagramming / Note Taking / Report Writing / Testimony
• Major Forensic Laboratory Capabilities
• Best Practices – Chain of Custody

*All participants will receive a fully stocked evidence collection kit providing them the supplies necessary to professionally process their completion of the course.

*Seats in this course are limited.

Training Objectives:
• Scene Management
o Student will learn proper scene assessment, management, reconstruction considerations, evidence identification and collection strategies.
o Method - Interactive lecture
• Photography Lecture/Practical
o Student will learn best practices for photographic documentation of crime scenes and evidence located at crime scenes.
o Method - Lecture and practical application.
• Evidence Collection Kit
o Students will be introduced to the best materials and tools utilized to process crime scenes. They will receive their evidence collection kits during this lecture.
o Method - Interactive lecture
• Latent Print Lecture
o Student will learn the biology of fingerprints and how they are left at crime scenes.
o Student will learn surfaces most conducive to powder processing.
o Student will be introduced to best practices in testimony related to latent prints.
• Latent Print Practical
o Student will practice in locating, processing, and recovering latent prints from a variety of surfaces.
• Biological Lecture
o Student will learn the fundamentals of biological evidence to include recognition, presumptive testing, collection / preservation, and database considerations.
• Biological Practical
o Student will practice the proper recovery method of biological and potential biological evidence from various types of evidence.
• Trace Evidence Lecture / Demonstration
o Students will learn fundamentals of trace evidence recognition, collection/preservation within the categories of commonly encountered trace evidence (hair, fiber, paint, glass). This will include a demonstration of the proper use of hinge lifts to secure trace evidence.
• Firearms Evidence Lecture / Demonstration
o Student will learn fundamentals of firearms evidence typically encountered at crime scenes. This includes firearms, casing, and bullets, and bullet marks.
o Proper recovery, processing, database potential will be discussed.
• Scene Diagramming Lecture and Practical
o Student will learn how to properly measure and sketch a scene as well as learn how to complete a formal diagram from a sketch.
• Note Taking Lecture
o Students will learn best practices in producing field notes to produce a comprehensive final crime scene report.
• Report Writing Lecture
o Student will learn best practices related to information included in comprehensive crime scene reports in order to support testimony throughout legal proceedings or processes.
• Testimony Lecture/Practical
o Discuss preparation, common challenges to evidence collection / documentation, and recognizing the limits of the scope of crime scene processing.
o Practical - interactive experience / role playing frequent courtroom tactics.
• Crime Laboratory Capabilities Lecture
o Students will learn forensic science capabilities of full service crime laboratories.
• Mock Scene Processing
o Students will be required to exhibit an understanding of previously taught principles and techniques by demonstrating the processing of a mock crime scene. Mock crime scene will include evidence identification, preservation, documentation and collection of numerous types of evidence.
• Report Writing Practical
o Students will be required to produce an accurate crime scene report from notes, photographs, and evidence from the mock scene. Instructors will provide individual feedback to students based on the report.
• Analysis Request Submission
o Students will learn best practices in evidence selection for lab analysis to best inform the investigation (efficiency/effectiveness).

Instructor & Location Date/Time
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.