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E - Firearms and Impression Evidence Program

Detection and Recovery of Footwear and Tire Impressions

Class Code: 
E140

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This three-day (24-hour) class is designed for crime scene technicians and investigators and others who need to recovery techniques for footwear and tire impression evidence. The course provides extensive information, and some hands-on practical exercises, to assist non-examiners in understanding why footwear and tire impression evidence is important, and how to recover it. Also covered is what this information can do to assist the investigation, and the type of examination results that can be expected. Included are instruction and demonstrations of how to document, photograph and cast impressions, the use of several electrostatic and other lifting methods, and the latest methods and formulations for chemically enhancing impressions at both the crime scene and in the laboratory. Numerous other related topics are also covered, including identification and utilization of footwear and tire impressions, shoe sizing, contusion impressions, footwear and tire databases, and barefoot impressions. Case histories will be used to demonstrate the application of the topics covered in class.
Instructor: 
William Bodziak, Bodziak Forensics, Palm Coast, FL
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, demonstrations, practical exercises, critiques, discussions
Objectives: 
To understand why and how footwear and tire track impression evidence is detected and recovered.
Prerequisites: 
This class is designed for crime scene technicians, criminal investigators and others who need to improve their understanding of and recovery techniques for footwear and tire impression evidence.
Materials Fee: 
A $75.00 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 the California State 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:

Serial Number Restoration

Class Code: 
E111

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
See Schedule
Class Description: 
This three-day (24-hour) class will provide students with knowledge of the principles of firearm serial number identification, the metallurgical aspect of impressions and the methods that are available for the restoration of obliterated samples. Students will become acquainted with diverse restoration methods and will practice with number segments stamped in metal. The course will also emphasize proper documentation methods for serial number cases and the completion of the National Tracing Center form. Safety and health aspects will also be discussed. This course is intended for examiners, criminalists, or crime scene specialists from law enforcement agencies who will be restoring serial numbers in the course of their duties. Each class is limited to 12 students.
Instructor: 
Michael F. Giusto, California Criminalistics Institute
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, restoration exercises on actual samples
Objectives: 
Students should be able to restore firearm serial numbers in a safe and proficient manner.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
A $45.00 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 the California State 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:

Digital Imaging for Firearm and Toolmark Examiners

Class Code: 
E104

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Currently in Development. For more information please contact our office, phone: (916) 464-0600 fax: (916) 464-5818
Instructor: 
Philip Hess
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

Course Contact:

Firearms and Toolmarks Introduction II - Practical Lab Extension

Class Code: 
E103b

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Currently in Development as part of the Firearm and Toolmark Academy. For more information please contact our office, phone: (916) 227-3575 fax: (916) 454-5433
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

Course Contact:

Special Topics - Full-Auto and Conversion

Class Code: 
E429

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Currently in Development. For more information please contact our office, phone: (916) 227-3575 fax: (916) 454-5433

Course Contact:

Special Topics - Armorer School - AR Series Rifles

Class Code: 
E428

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Currently in Development. For more information please contact our office, phone: (916) 227-3575 fax: (916) 454-5433
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

Course Contact:

Firearms Factory Tours

Class Code: 
E425

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Various
Class Description: 
This approximately twelve day long journey provides tours of a series of firearms related manufactories in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Students observe current manufacturing processes. Emphasis is placed on processes that create forensically significant tool surfaces. A maximum of twelve students can be accommodated. THIS CLASS IS AVAILABLE FOR BFS FIREARMS ACADEMY STUDENTS ONLY. Not POST Certified at this time.
Instructor: 
Mike Giusto & Torrey Johnson, California Criminalistics Institute
Teaching Methods: 
Tours, documentation with notes and photography, discussion, and preparation of a presentation of findings.
Objectives: 
Students will learn some currently used manufacturing methods of forensically significant tool surfaces. Students will be able to determine the uniqueness of various manufactured surfaces.
Prerequisites: 
Enrolled in E600 BFS Fireams Academy
Preparation: 
Prereading or research projects may be assigned
Materials Fee: 
$300.00 for non CAL DOJ students.
Tuition: 
$1,440.00 for non CAL DOJ/BFS agencies. Note: Student lodging and per diem are not included.

Course Contact:

Special Topics - Armorer School - S&W Revolvers

Class Code: 
E422

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Currently in Development. For more information please contact our office, phone: (916) 227-3575 fax: (916) 454-5433
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

Course Contact:

Suppressors, Their History, Design and Testing

Class Code: 
E402

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
TBA
Class Description: 
Currently in Development. For more information please contact our office, phone: (916) 227-3575 fax: (916) 454-5433
Instructor: 
Philip Dater
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

Course Contact:

Tire Track & Tire Impression Evidence Examination (For Examiners)

Class Code: 
E142

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This 5-day (40-hour) course provides essential information for examiners of tire impression evidence who write reports and testify about their observations and conclusions. Basic tire construction and manufacturing, as it assists in the evaluation of class characteristics, is addressed. Class characteristics of noise treatments are explained. Tire wear and random individual characteristics, which enable positive identification of a tire, are covered. Students will conduct numerous exercises and case examinations. Exercise results will be discussed to teach and re-enforce both fundamental examination methodology and observations. These discussions will provide experience with a variety of kinds of examination results and the reporting of those results. Hands-on experience with creating exemplary impressions of tires for subsequent examination will be included. Also, valuable information about retread tires, tire databases and sources of information will be disclosed.
Instructor: 
William Bodziak, Bodziak Forensics, Palm Coast, FL
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, practical exercises, critiques, discussions, and examination.
Objectives: 
To gain familiarity with principles, techniques and systematic practices used for the collection, recovery, preservation and examination of tires, tire track, and tire impression evidence.
Materials Fee: 
A $125.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students (due at beginning of class). Make check(s) payble to the California State 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:

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