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M - Microscopy and Trace Program

Hair Examination for the DNA Analyst

Class Code: 
M213

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
This course is intended to provided education and training in microscopical hair examination relevant for the biology/DNA analyst. The course will cover the forensic utilization of hair evidence, the recognition of human hair, the identification of root growth phases, the identification of body origin, and the recognition of hair contaminates. An overview of the microscopical comparison of hair will be discussed so that the student has sufficient information to make good management decisions regarding the sequences of analysis of hair evidence.
Instructor: 
Faye Springer
Objectives: 
The goal is to encourage the proper handling of hair as a multidisciplinary type of evidence in order to provide the criminal justice system with the most relevant and significant information possible.
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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Microscopy of Explosives

Class Code: 
M403

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This five-day (38 hour) course will provide students with an understanding of the application of chemical microscopy techniques to the identification of organic and inorganic high (detonating) explosives in a forensic context. Polarized light microscopy methods including: fusion, micro-chemical and crystallographic techniques will be applied to both pre-blast materials and post-blast residues. Identification schemes will be developed for both. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic chemists who may be called upon to identify high explosive materials and is intended to be a follow-on course to C152: Analysis of Low Explosives offered by CCI. Class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, slides, and practical exercises
Objectives: 
Students will be required to isolate and identify a number of unknowns. Students will also be expected to pass a written test at the conclusion of this class.
Prerequisites: 
Completion of M101 Basic Practical Microscopy, or M205 Advanced Microscopy or McCrone Research Institute courses 1202, 1504, or equivalent. Completion of C152 Analysis of Low Explosives is strongly recommended but not required.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material (Polarized Light Microscopy) will be mailed in advance of the class.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-CAC 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.

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Forensic Statistics

Class Code: 
M401

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This three day (24 hour) course will provide the students with the concepts of statistics and how it can be applied to areas such as Drug Sampling and Analysis, Blood Alcohol Analysis and Population Studies, Trace Evidence Statistics, Serology Statistics and the beginning basics of statistics as used in DNA analyis. It is expected that the student will be given practical exercises to solve using hand calculators or computer spread sheet programs to generate results. This course is intended for criminalists involved in analysis of evidence in the crime laboratory. Each class is limited to 30 students. This course pending approval POST reimbursable Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video demonstrations, and practical workshops.
Preparation: 
A pre-reading package may be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
$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 $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Identification of Building Materials

Class Code: 
M212

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This five-day (38-hour) course will provide students with an understanding of forensic building materials analysis. The class will consist of a systematic analysis of building materials commonly encountered in microanalysis casework. The class will cover the composition of cement and concrete, fibrous and non-fibrous insulation products, wood, paper and composite materials, architectural paint extenders, plastics, adhesives, caulks, putties and glues. The particle characterization approach will be employed with emphasis in stereo-binocular microscopy, polarized light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy. The course is intended for criminalists whose assignments include the examination of trace evidence. Detailed instruction and practical exercise in particle characterization of building materials will make the course profitable for both the experienced and novice forensic materials analyst. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is pending POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Bill Schneck, Microvision Northwest
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, Powerpoint presentations, video demonstrations, and practical workshops.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Prerequisites: 
Basic Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalency.
Preparation: 
A pre-reading package may be assigned.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 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 will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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Glass Examination and Comparsion

Class Code: 
M211

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38 hour) course will provide students with an understanding of forensic glass analysis. The class will cover the composition of glasses, manufacturing processes in the glass industry, fracture examinations, physical examinations (including density, refractive index, elemental composition, interferometry, and fluorescence) and comparison of data. Approximately 40% of the course will be devoted to demonstrations and hands-on laboratory exercises. Students will have the opportunity to perform density, refractive index and elemental composition measurements and comparisons. The course will also cover the evaluation of the data, including an introduction to mathematical treatments. A half day field trip to a local float glass plant is also planned. The course is intended for criminalists whose assignments include the examination of glass evidence. Detailed instruction and practical exercises in the classification and discrimination of glass fragments and the interpretation of the results will make this course suitable for both beginner and experienced glass examiners. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, slides, instructor demonstrations, laboratory exercises and a field trip to a local float glass manufacturing plant. The demonstrations will include the elemental composition analysis of glass fragments. The laboratory exercises will include density comparisons, refractive index comparisons, fracture examinations, and data evaluation exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to examine known and compare sets of glass samples to determine associations between them, as well as pass a written test.
Prerequisites: 
Students should have some previous experience in the manipulation of trace evidence and be familiar with the basic principles of Phase Contrast Microscopy, elemental composition analysis by Scanning Electron Microscopy in conjunction with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (SEM/EDX) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be assigned.
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.

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Identification of Animal Hairs

Class Code: 
M207

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with a basic review of Animal Hairs Identification and Comparison. This class will cover the more common animal hairs and their microscopic properties. CCI has available the Arbidar collection of animal hairs that can be used by the students to mount, review and take back as part of the class. It time permits, other related topics such as SEM analysis and photomicroscopy topics will be discussed. This course is intended for criminalists whose assignments include examination of hairs. This course intends to focus on the identification of non-human related hairs. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is of POST approved , Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video recordings, and practical workshops.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to examine known and unknown animal hairs, measure various optical properties, conduct comparisons, prepare a written report of their findings, and present and defend their conclusions, as well as pass a written test.
Prerequisites: 
Basic Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalent.
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.

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Identification of Soils and Minerals

Class Code: 
M206

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38-hour) course will provide the students with advanced microscopy techniques used in the identification of soils and minerals. Students will be given reading assignments prior to the beginning of class. Subjects to be covered are Optical Properties of Minerals, Birefringence, Compensation methods, Conoscopic methods, and experiments with the properties of different minerals This course is intended for criminalists involved in microscopy and trace evidence work. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video demonstrations, and practical workshops.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Prerequisites: 
Basic Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalent. The student is expected to be familiar with Microscope Alignment, Kohler Illumination and Polarizing techniques.
Preparation: 
A pre-reading package will be assigned.
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.

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Advanced Microscopy

Class Code: 
M205

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40-hour) course will provide the students with advanced microscopy techniques such as Microchemical methods, Small Particle Techniques/ Identification and Microscopy of Polymers. This course is next in the series course after Basic Practical Microscopy (M101). Upon completion, students should be capable of utilizing advanced techniques in the analysis of materials using the optical microscope. This course will complement Hair, Fiber and Paint examination and identification courses taught at CCI. This course is intended for criminalists involved in microscopy and trace evidence work. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video demonstrations, and practical workshops.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Prerequisites: 
Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalent. The student is expected to be familiar with Microscope Alignment, Kohler Illumination and Polarizing techniques.
Preparation: 
A pre-reading package may be assigned.
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:

Paint Examination and Comparison

Class Code: 
M204

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with an understanding of forensic paint analysis. The class will cover the composition of paints, modes of film formation, the composition of paints as related to their end-use applications (automotive, architectural, motorcycles, bicycles, maintenance, marine and aircraft), stereomicroscopic and instrumental methods of identification and comparison, and evaluation of paint evidence as it relates to no-suspect hit-and-run investigations and cases involving detailed coatings comparisons. The course is intended for criminalists whose assignments include the examination of paint evidence. Detailed instruction and practical exercises in the classification of paint binders and evaluation of their end-use implications will make the course profitable for both experienced and novice forensic paint examiners. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, overhead transparencies, video recordings,and practical workshops in IR micro-spectroscopic classification of paint binders, stereo-microscopic and limited microchemical characterization of automotive paint samples, IR microspectroscopic analysis (including binder classification) of characterized paint samples, and SEM/EDX analysis of characterized paint samples.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Prerequisites: 
Students should have some previous experience in the manipulation oftrace evidence and be familiar with the basic principles of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography (PGC), and Scanning Electron Microscopy in conjunction with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry (SEM/EDX).
Preparation: 
Reading on prerequisite topics if necessary.
Materials Fee: 
$50.00 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:

Fiber Identification and Comparison

Class Code: 
M202

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40 hour) course will provide students with a basic understanding of fiber analysis. This class will cover the man-made and natural fibers, production methods, dyeing, fiber identification by microscopic methods, cross-sectioning, dye extraction and comparison and evaluation of fiber evidence. In addition, there are short sections on photomicrography of fibers, Micro-FTIR and SEM/EDS. This course is intended for criminalists whose assignments include examination of fibers. This course intends to focus on the identification and comparison of fibers. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course NOT currently POST reimbursable.
Instructor: 
Faye Springer, Sacramento District Attorney's Forensic Science Laboratory
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video recordings, and practical workshops.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to examine known and unknown fibers, measure various optical properties, conduct comparisons, prepare a written report of their findings, and present and defend their conclusions, as well as pass a written test.
Prerequisites: 
Basic Practical Microscopy (M101) or its equivalent. Micro-FTIR and SEM/EDS are desired.
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.

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