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E - Firearms and Impression Evidence Program

Fundamental Manufacturing Processes

Class Code: 
E419

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
BFS Laboratories with Video Conference Terminals
Class Description: 
This is a 15 to 20 hour video training series. Class is limited to students who can access BFS video conference terminals (BFS labs and CCI LA).
Teaching Methods: 
Video Series / Video conference discussion and supplemental presentations.
Objectives: 
Students will view a series of manufacturing industry training videos and pass a short quiz on each subject.
Materials Fee: 
$10.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due prior to or 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 $300.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

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This is a video conference which lasts a couple hours a week. You don't have to travel.

Basic Firearms Disassembly and Reassembly

Class Code: 
E418

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
BFS Laboratories with Video Conference Terminals
Class Description: 
This is a 20 to 25 hour video training series. Class is limited to students who can access BFS video conference terminals (BFS labs, Richmond DNA lab, and CCI LA).
Teaching Methods: 
Video Series/Video conference discussion and supplemental presentations.
Objectives: 
Students will view a series of practical training videos which demonstrate, step by step, complete disassembly and reassembly of about 19 common handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
Materials Fee: 
$10.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due prior to or 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 $300.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.
More Information: 

This is a video conference which lasts a couple hours a week. You don't have to travel.

Analysis of Distortion in Latent Prints

Class Code: 
E253

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
McClellan
Class Description: 
This two-day (16 hour) workshop focuses on the analysis of the ACE-V methodology as it pertains to distortion created by movement of the friction ridge skin when it touches a surface. All impressions of the friction ridge skin bear distortion. Each time the skin contacts a surface, pressure and movement cause the skin to stretch and compress in response. Each touch is different and distorts the skin in its own way, creating variation in appearance among impressions of the same area of friction ridge skin. Workshop topics will include: The affect pressure and movement have on the appearance of the skin, basis for uniqueness and persistence of friction ridge skin, anatomy of distortion, elements of analysis and documentation, analysis of deposition pressure, analysis of horizontal movement, vertical movement, and rotation, analysis of pressure changes in one movement, simultaneous movements (rotation during a horizontal or vertical movement), analysis of two sequential movements (with and without a pressure change), biological distortion (scars), current topics, application of skills to "real world" latent prints. Each class is limited to 30 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Alice V. Maceo
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and practical latent print examination exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will demonstrate knowledge of a variety of phenomena that affect the examination and comparison of recovered latent prints to the satisfaction of the instructors.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of E151 Latent Print Techniques and E152 Latent Print Comparisons or equivalent, be working as a journey level latent print examiner, or instructor approval.
Materials Fee: 
$30.00
Tuition: 
A $225.00 tuition fee will be required. Make check or money order payable to “Alice Maceo” or “Alice Forensics.” Invoices provided upon request. Payment due on first day of class.

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Specialized Latent Print Techniques

Class Code: 
E251

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with an understanding of sequential processing for the maximum recovery of latent fingerprints by means of state-of-the-art techniques. The course will cover components of latent prints, fuming techniques (iodine, cyanoacrylate, sulfur dioxide), staining techniques (Amido black, Leucomalachite green, Sudan black, metal salts), physical techniques (SPR, vacuum metal deposition), laser techniques, photography, safety, and documentation. This course is intended for criminalists, crime scene technicians, and latent print specialists from law enforcement agencies who have responsibility for collecting latent print evidence at scenes or during laboratory processing. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Felita Chapman & Others
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and practical laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate familiarity with chemical and photographic processes for developing and enhancing latent prints on a variety of surfaces to the satisfaction of the instructors and to pass a written test.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of Latent Print Techniques E151 or equivalent.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading package and test
Materials Fee: 
$50.00
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.

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Advanced Ridgeology Comparison

Class Code: 
E203

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This five-day (40 hour) course primarily addresses ridgeology concepts and includes related topics such as expert witness testimony, reversed impressions, and detection of forged and fabricated latent print evidence. Lectures are reinforced with comparison exercises using inked prints and latent lifts. Students do not automatically work on the same exercises; rather, each student is evaluated and assigned exercises at a level of difficulty that is challenging but achievable. Individual attention will be focused on each student during exercise periods to maximize the benefit of the lessons. It is an ideal class, even for senior examiners, who desire to increase their speed and accuracy in doing latent print comparisons. This course is not a beginning class. Class is limited to 20 students This course is pending POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Presentation will be a combination of lectures, audio visual presentations, demonstrations and active student participation.
Objectives: 
Students learn how to evaluate friction ridge features and how to use those features in searching inked prints to make latent print identifications.
Prerequisites: 
CCI's Latent Print Comparison, E152
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 $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Toolmark Comparison Criteria / Refresher

Class Code: 
E202

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This 2 1/2 day (20 hour) course will provide students with a review of the concepts and rationale of identifying striated and non-striated impression evidence. Recent challenges and relevant court decisions will be discussed. Each student will verify their rational, objective basis for making such identifications. Although new examiners can profit from this training, this course is limited to firearm and toolmark examiners who have either completed CCI's E201 course or have had extensive training in the comparison of striated toolmarks and about approximately one year of actually comparing toolmarks. Each class is limited to 30 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
John Murdock, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office & Bruce Moran, Sacramento County DA's Office
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, and practical laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to complete a series of practical exercises, and to explain the related concepts of toolmark identification and their rationale for the identification to the satisfaction of the instructors.
Prerequisites: 
Must have been performing striated toolmark comparisons in casework for at least a year and be familiar with accepted standards of casework documention and common equipment and terminology used in that discipline. Completion of Firearms and Toolmarks Introduction I and II (E102 and E103) and Toolmark Comparison Criteria (E201) is strongly recommended.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
A $50.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BfS students. This charge will be due at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $300.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Toolmark Comparison Criteria

Class Code: 
E201

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
The one-week (40-hour) course will provide students with an introduction to the concepts and rationale of identifying striated and non-striated impression evidence. Each student will develop a rational, objective basis for making such identifications. This course is intended for criminalists, forensic scientists, or related specialists who have responsibility for comparing and identifying firearm and toolmark evidence. Each class is limited to 12 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
John Murdock, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office & Bruce Moran, Sacramento County DA's Office
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, and practical laboratory exercises. Students should plan to have assigned homework completed during the week.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to complete a series of practical exercises, identify impressions with the tools responsible, and orally explain the related concepts of identification and the rationale for the identification to the satisfaction of the instructors.
Prerequisites: 
Must currently be performing casework in firearms/toolmark identification and be familiar with common equipment and teminology used in that discipline. Completion of Firearms and Toolmarks introduction I and II (E102 and E103) is desirable, but not mandatory.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be assigned. Students should consider bringing notebook PCs for group presentations.
Materials Fee: 
A $70.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge will be due at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to 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:

Latent Print Comparisons

Class Code: 
E152

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This five-day (38 hour) course is intended for individuals responsible for the comparison and identification of latent prints and is designed to acquaint students with the fundamental principles and methods of friction ridge identification. Friction ridge formation, orientation of latent finger and palm impressions, verification and reporting procedures, and note taking and documentation will be discussed. Students will participate in comparison and courtroom testimony practical exercises. Although this course is intended for the new or less experienced latent print examiner, it is not intended for the individual with no previous fingerprint experience and has been designed to follow the Fingerprint Pattern Recognition (E150) and Latent Print Techniques (E151) courses. The student should already be familiar with fingerprint history, terminology, and pattern recognition, and also the effects of development techniques on the appearance of latent impressions. Each class is limited to 15 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Felita Chapman & Others
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to compare and correctly identify a number of latent finger and palm impressions and orally defend the identifications to the satisfaction of the instructors. Students will also be expected to pass a written test at the conclusion of this class.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of Fingerprint Pattern Recognition (E150) or equivalent and Latent Print Techniques (E151) or equivalent.
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 checks payable to the 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:

Latent Print Techniques

Class Code: 
E151

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38 hour) course is intended for individuals responsible for collecting latent print evidence at crime scenes and/or processing evidence for latent prints in the laboratory. The course is designed to acquaint students with various techniques used in the development of latent prints, as well as the sequence in which the techniques should be applied in order to achieve the best possible results. The students will participate in practical exercises involving fingerprint powders and lifting techniques, the applicaton of ninhydrin, cyanoacrylate fuming, laser/forensic light source and photographic techniques, and courtroom testimony. The course will also cover laboratory safety, friction ridge formation, latent print constituents, note taking and documentation, packaging and handling of evidence, and latent print evaluation. While they are briefly reviewed, an understanding of basic fingerprint pattern types, fingerprint history, and terminology is assumed. These subjects are covered thoroughly in the prerequsite course Fingerprint Pattern Recognition (E150). Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Felita Chapman & Others
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises
Objectives: 
Students will be required to develop latent finger prints on a variety of surfaces using print powders, ninhydrin, and cyanoacrylate ester and evaluate them against for comparison to the satisfaction of the instructors. Students will also be expected to pass a written test at the conclusion of the class.
Prerequisites: 
Familiarity with basic crime scene processing, photography, and completion of Fingerprint Pattern Recognition (E150) or equivalent.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading package.
Materials Fee: 
A $35.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due and payable at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to the 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:

Fingerprint Pattern Recognition

Class Code: 
E150

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute /
Class Description: 
This three-day (24 hour) entry-level course is designed to give the student the knowledge and training needed to accurately interpret and recognize the basic fingerprint pattern types. The history and biology of fingerprints, definitions of ridge characteristics, and terminology are also covered. The student learns proper core and axis placement as it is utilized when searching fingerprints in the AFIS/ALPS database of Cal-ID. Extensive exercises provide practice for the student in recognition of the various fingerprint patterns. Students will also practice the collection of inked fingerprints and will have a brief introduction through exercises to fingerprint comparison and identification. This course is a prerequisite for the E151 Latent Fingerprint Techniques and E152 Latent Print Comparisons. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Gema Reyes, California Department of Justice
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises
Objectives: 
Students will be able to recognize the different pattern types and explain the rules applied for core and axis placement. A final examination will be given to evaluate student success.
Prerequisites: 
Students should be Law Enforcement personnel whose job duties include work in a local identification unit.
Preparation: 
A fingerprint magnifying glass will be used during the class. The student may bring their own, or one will be provided.
Materials Fee: 
A $10.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due and payable at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to the 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.

Course Contact:

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