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C - Chemistry Program

Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Class Code: 
C205

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
BFS Central Valley/Ripon
Class Description: 
This two (2) day course presents methods via instrumentation (GCMS, FTIR) to analyze synthetic cannabinoids using synthetic cannabinoid drug reference standards. Class work also consists of data review. Each class may be limited to six (6) students.
Instructor: 
Timothy McKibben, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture and practical exercises.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $240.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Interpretation of Infrared Spectra

Class Code: 
C131

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute /
Class Description: 
This three-day (24 hour) course provides training in the theory, comparison, identification, and interpretation of the infrared spectra of organic compounds. The course is intended for forensic scientists involved in the analysis of materials such as controlled substances, paints, fibers, and explosives where infrared spectra are used for identification. Students should possess knowledge of organic and physical chemistry commensurate with a baccalaureate degree in one of the natural sciences. Students must be familiar with the preparation and presentation of spectra. This is NOT a laboratory course. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the mechanism and theory of infrared spectroscopy and the capability of elucidating organic structures using band assignments. Students will be expected to solve practical problems in structural determinations. They may be asked to give brief oral presentations of the problem solutions. Each class is limited to 24 students. POST has suspended reimbursement for Plan IV until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Robert L. Julian, Ph.D.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures and practical exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be able to demonstrate the use of a systematic approach toward comparison and interpretation of infrared spectra.
Prerequisites: 
Organic Chemistry. Preparation and presentation of infrared spectra.
Preparation: 
Review nomenclature of organic chemical functional groups.
Materials Fee: 
A $35.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of class. make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices, Electronic Components & Circuits

Class Code: 
C153

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
This 22-hour course is directed toward scientific personnel who perform chemical laboratory analyses and who may assist law enforcement at crime scenes. It provides an overview of common explosives, improvised explosive devices, and electronic components and circuitry. Explosive materials will be detonated against selected targets to illustrate learning objectives. While specific focus will be given to use of portable FTIR-ATR and Raman field instruments for chemical analysis, generic analytical approaches used for forensic identification of chemical constitutents found in pre-blast explosive compounds and in post-blast residues also will be discussed. POST Plan IV Certification will be applied for.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture, demonstration and field exercises.
Objectives: 
Exercises will demonstrate how improvised explosive devices can be assembled from readily available household products and from simple electronic components and assist the analyst in determining relevance that spatial arrangements of explosive device elements have with respect to their potential significance to forensic laboratory examinations.
Prerequisites: 
Employment in a crime laboratory as a criminalist or a forensic scientist. Fundamentals of general, organic, inorganic and analytical chemistry, including FTIR-ATR and Raman spectrometry.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Basic Drug Analysis

Class Code: 
C120

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
See Schedule
Class Description: 
Basic Drug Analysis
Instructor: 
TBA

Advanced Arson Analysis

Class Code: 
C452

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This four-day (32 hour) course concentrates on arson accelerant sample collection, analysis by GC-Mass Spectrometry, and interpretation of GC and GC/MS results in more difficult cases. Exercises will include manipulation of data obtained on Hewlett- Packard Mass Spectra Detectors. This course accompanies the CCI Arson Accelerant Detection course (C151) and is a sequel to it. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic chemists who currently perform or will be performing fire debris analysis. Each class is limited to 24 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV, is pending
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, group discussions, and practical laboratory exercises using Hewlett-packard Chemstations and databases.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their mastery of mass spectra data interpretation, absorption theory and techniques, sample comparison and identification, and macro-programming. A written examination will be offered. The goal is to give the students an advanced-level understanding of the range of materials encountered in fire debris and their reliable and accurate, analysis and reporting.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of C151 (Arson Accelerant Detection) or equivalent. Participants must be familiar with the basic principles of organic chemistry, gas chromatography and fire debris analysis
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading materials may be offered.
Materials Fee: 
A $40.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $480.00 tuition fee is required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applicants.

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Advanced Mass Spectra

Class Code: 
C411

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
San Diego Area
Class Description: 
This two-day (16 hour) course treats advanced mass spectral interpretation. Advanced topics will include mechanisms that create unexpected fragmentations, rational approaches to understanding observed fragmentation patterns, and determinations of complex molecular structure by spectral comparison using the 'shift technique'. Class examples and exercises will focus primarily on drugs of abuse. Each class is limited to 30 students. Presently, this new course does NOT have POST certification.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture and written exercises
Objectives: 
Students will expand their ability to interpret mass spectra beyond knowledge of basic fragmentations. Students will be able to apply material from this course to interpret the mass spectra in difficult cases. The course has a written final examination.
Prerequisites: 
Attendees should have a working knowledge of organic chemistry and experience with obtaining and interpreting mass spectra. Completion of CCI course 'C111 - Mass Spectra - Theory and Interpretation' or equivalent is a strongly advised.
Preparation: 
Bring a calculator. Substantial class time will be devoted to working assigned problems. Reviewing undergraduate organic chemistry will increase understanding of some topics.
Materials Fee: 
CAC members selected for this class will NOT be charged a meterials fee. A $40.00 materials fee will be charged to all other non-BFS students. This charge will be due at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
CAC members selected to attend will not be charged tuition. No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $240.00 tuition fee is required for out of state applicants.

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MDMA and Associated Compounds

Class Code: 
C401

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
BFS Central Velly Laboratory, Ripon
Class Description: 
This three (3) day course presents synthesis of commonly used elements of MDMA and associated compounds through practical laboratory exercises. Qualitative analyses of precursors, products and waste materials will be performed. Also, scene response, safety considerations and recently observed tableting trends will be discussed. Each class will be limited to six (6) students.
Instructor: 
Timothy McKibben, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Teaching Methods: 
Demonstrations, synthesis experiments, qualitative analysis exercises, and classroom lectures and discussions
Objectives: 
Students will be able to recognize and characterize common MDMA synthetic reaction routes, to choose appropriate analytical approaches for MDMA and associated compounds, and be aware of inherent safety considerations.
Prerequisites: 
Must be proficient with instrumentation and sample preparation techniques for qualitative analysis. General knowledge of organic synthesis techniques is desirable.
Preparation: 
Familiarization with nomenclature of relevant compounds
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Clandestine Laboratory Analysis and Synthesis

Class Code: 
C201

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (36 hour) course will provide students with the knowledge necessary to sample, separate, and analyze the complex chemical mixtures resulting from the manufacture of controlled substances. Students will be taught how to determine the method of clandestine manufacture and to be able to isolate and identify controlled substances and intermediate materials used and produced in illicit manufacture. A variety of instrumental techniques will be employed. Students will synthesize methamphetamine and related compounds in a safe laboratory environment. This course is intended for criminalists or forensic scientists employed by law enforcement agencies. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be able to determine the method of manufacture used and isolate and identify controlled substances and intermediate materials used and produced in clandestine laboratories.
Prerequisites: 
Applicants must be employed as criminalists or forensic scientists by law enforcement agencies. The candidates should be experienced in controlled substance analysis and have a knowledge of organic chemistry.
Preparation: 
Students may be provided with a pre-course reading package. Prior experience with Clandestine Laboratory Investigation will be helpful.
Materials Fee: 
$75.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Analysis of Explosives

Class Code: 
C152

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with a basic understanding of the chemistry and effects of common low explosives and pyrotechnics found in criminal cases. Students will be taught an analytical scheme to detect and identify traces of these explosives and their reaction products in post-explosion debris. Laboratory exercises will emphasize microscopic techniques. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic scientists employed in law enforcement agencies who have responsibility for the analysis of suspected explosive materials or related debris. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Various
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to complete a series of practical exercises involving known and unknown explosives and their residues to the satisfaction of the instructors and to pass a written test.
Prerequisites: 
Basic understanding of inorganic chemistry and common instrumental methods of analysis. Proficiency with polarized light microscopy.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be offered.
Materials Fee: 
A $50.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of class. Make checks payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Intermediate Analysis of Ignitable Liquids and Fire Debris

Class Code: 
C251

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This four-day course concentrates on collection of ignitable liquid samples and fire debris, analysis by GCMS, and interpretation of GC and GCMS results in more difficult cases. Exercises will include manipulation of analytical data for the purpose of comparison interpretation of mixtures, and for classification of ignitable liquid products. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic chemists who currently perform or will be performing analyses of ignitable liquids and fire debris.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, group discussions, and practical laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will strive to demonstrate mastery of mass spectra data interpretation, absorption theory and techniques, sample comparison and identification, and macro-programming. The goal is to give the students an advanced-level understanding of the range of materials encountered in fire debris and their reliable and accurate analysis and reporting.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of C151 (Intro Analysis of Ignitable Liquids) or equivalent. Participants must be familiar with the basic principles of organic chemistry, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry ignitable liquids and fire debris analysis.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading materials may be offered.
Materials Fee: 
$0
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $480.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

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