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S - Crime Scene Program

Photoshop for Forensic Examiners

Class Code: 
S106

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
This introductory 3-day (24-hour) course is designed to familiarize students with Photoshop and photo editing software in forensic applications, including the rules of evidence and safe, legal preservation of original images. Students will learn to set up a digital work flow, to catalog and organize case photos, size photographs and print 1:1 images, create panoramic photos of large scenes for court, and create PDF presentations of photographs for use in court. Class is limited to 12 students, who are provided with the use of laptops with Photoshop CS6 and images for exercises.
Instructor: 
Philip Hess
Materials Fee: 
$30.00 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.

Forensic Photography

Class Code: 
S105

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
Lessons in the history and use of imagery, photography and its application to the law, basic concepts of creating a photograph, light and the camera, differences in using film and digital photography and how they relate, light spectrum, file formats and storage, film grain and digital noise, exposure (ISO, shutter speed aperture, depth of field, metering, filters, etc.), and overall photography of basic crime scenes and physical evidence.
Instructor: 
Philip Hess
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, PowerPoint, hands-on photography, final exam.
Objectives: 
For public crime laboratory personnel (police, sheriff's, identification technicians, crime-scene responders) who process crime scenes and physical evidence (shoe print and tire track, fingerprints, macro evidence, and blood spatter), as well as documentation of trajectories and bullet strikes.
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 CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

Class Code: 
S902

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
This POST-approved course will be directed to the forensic investigator responding to complex crime scenes that expand to multiple jurisdictions or involve multiple (high count) fatalities. In addition, the class in advanced reconstruction and major scene logistics focuses on techniques relevant to the investigation of the serial criminal and long-duration investigations involving the “at-large and unknown perpetrator,” often the seed of what becomes an unsolved homicide. The course helps students develop practical skills to effectively process extraordinary scenes and to support the reconstruction of the perpetrator(s)’ activities. Students will participate in a mock scene investigation involving multiple or mass deaths occurring at multiple locations.
Instructor: 
Joe Rynearson
Teaching Methods: 
This course involves classroom time and outdoor processing of crime scenes. Rain or shine, a complex major scene with multiple body count will be processed. Be prepared for the weather.
Objectives: 
Students should come to class prepared to discuss the specific human and material resources within their jurisdiction that are available to support a crime-scene response requiring several days of on-site processing. Examples of such events include areas of high-count homicides in densely populated public areas or linked events involving multiple investigating agencies and/or recovery of illicitly buried bodies.
Preparation: 
Students should bring a basic crime scene kit including: measuring devices (at least a 20-foot tape and/or 100-foot tape), scene-sketching materials, field-use fingerprint materials (brush, powder, lift tape and cards), packaging materials and note-taking materials and camera with flash.
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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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Class Code: 
S202

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
See Schedule
Class Description: 
This five-day (40-hour) course is designed to introduce the Forensic Scientist to general concepts in the investigation of shooting incidents with an emphasis on the reconstruction of events that occur at such scenes using a comprehensive approach that includes pre and post shooting incident considerations. To this end, the instructors have attempted to organize the course into a chronological progression of considerations that include: 1) a philosophy of critical thinking; 2) an introduction to various specific shooting incident / firearms related phenomena that offer reconstructive information integrated with other forms of physical evidence; 3) practical approaches to reconstructive techniques that can be applied during the direct investigation of shooting scenes and/or resolving reconstructive issues that inevitably arise after the fact; and 4) practical considerations gleaned from a review of sources from both investigative and/or physical evidence prepared by various professionals in law enforcement and forensic science. POST certification is pending. Each class is limited to 20 students. POST certification is pending.
Instructor: 
Chris Coleman, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Crime Lab.; Bruce Moran, Sacramento County DA's Forensic Laboratory
Teaching Methods: 
Demonstrations, lectures, and exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to correctly interpret firearms information from the crime scene.
Prerequisites: 
Crime Scene Investigation II (S211) or equivalent with permission of course coordinator.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00
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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Pathology of Wounds

Class Code: 
S115

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento or Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This three-day (24-hour) course is designed to acquaint the students with the concepts of Forensic Wound Pathology. The students will be taught the basic concepts in a variety of forensic pathology topics. The relationship of forensic pathology to the forensic aspects of criminal investigations will also be discussed. The course will be presented from the view point of a pathologist who is familiar and acquainted with the needs of the criminal justice system and the forensic laboratory. This course is intended for those personnel who have responsibility or anticipate having responsibility in crime scene response. Each class is limited to 35 students. This course is POST Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Dr. Francis Sheridan, Pathologist
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, PowerPoint.
Objectives: 
To further the field responder's knowledge of various types of death investigations.
Prerequisites: 
Priority enrollment for the course will be given to criminalists and forensic scientists.
Materials Fee: 
A $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 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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Crime Scene Investigation I

Class Code: 
S111

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Various
Class Description: 
This Introductory one-week (38-hour) course is designed to acquaint the student with the concepts of forensic crime scene investigation and the criminalist's role at the scene, including the legal aspects of scene investigation. The students will learn about various methods of crime scene documentation. The course will prepare the criminalist to accompany an experienced person to crime scenes. Each class is limited to 20 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Joe Rynearson, California Department of Justice
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, role playing, laboratory exercises and mock scene processing.
Objectives: 
Students will demonstrate the skills needed in sketching, casting, and packaging of evidence, as well as general scene investigation.
Prerequisites: 
Applicants must be employed in a forensic laboratory as a criminalist or forensic scientist.
Preparation: 
Awareness / Familiarity with accredited laboratory procedures and quality system. Students will need to bring a basic crime scene evidence collection kit.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00
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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Crime Scene Reconstruction

Class Code: 
S213

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38-hour) course develops the crime scene reconstruction skills introduced in Crime Scene Investigation II (S211). The students are introduced to concepts of reconstruction through a series of documented scenes which are designed to develop their reconstruction analysis skills. The students should also have taken Bloodstain Analysis and Trajectory Analysis classes or have considerable crime scene investigation experience. The graduates of this class should be able to work independently at crime scenes and to reconstruct the events of a crime from proper documentation materials. Each student will be asked to bring documentation and reports from a reconstruction case for class discussion and evaluation. Each class is limited to 12 students. POST certification is pending.
Instructor: 
Joe Rynearson, California Criminalistics Institute
Teaching Methods: 
Simulations, lectures, exercises and demonstrations.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to reconstruct a crime from photographs, sketches, and reports.
Prerequisites: 
S111 Applicants should have taken the following CCI courses Crime Scene Investigation I, S211 Crime Scene Investigation II, DESIREABLE COURSES INCLUDE: S201 Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation, and S202 Firearms Trajectory Interpretation, or 2. Instructor's permission - must demonstrate equivalent course work.
Preparation: 
Bring documentation of reconstruction case to class for discussion.
Materials Fee: 
$25
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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Crime Scene Investigation II

Class Code: 
S211

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Various
Class Description: 
This five-day (38-hour) course is the second in the Crime Scene Series. Building on information learned in Crime Scene Investigation I, the course focuses on development of crime scene processing skills. The student will work in a team to process and evaluate several crime scenes. The emphasis will be on homicide investigations and the integrated roles of the criminalist and the investigator(s). The course prepares the criminalist to respond to any crime scene. Each class is limited to 20 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015..
Instructor: 
Joe Rynearson, California Department of Justice
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, role playing, laboratory exercises, and mock scenes.
Objectives: 
Students will perform various tasks at a series of crime scenes to demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills and abilities. A final exam will be given.
Prerequisites: 
Applicants must be employed in a forensic laboratory as a criminalist or forensic scientist and must have had a firearms safety class or a documented equivalent training course. Crime Scene Investigation I is a prerequisite.
Preparation: 
Students should have crime scene experience (in at least an observer capacity). Students will need to bring a basic crime scene collection kit and eye and ear protection.
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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Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation

Class Code: 
S201

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Various
Class Description: 
This one-week (40-hour) course will provide students with information on bloodstain pattern analysis. This course will cover the interpretation of bloodstain patterns as produced in acts of violence, including methods of documentation for court presentation. Each class is limited to 16 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Joe Rynearson
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, PowerPoint, video classroom demonstrations and laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will complete extensive laboratory exercises and demonstrate understanding of bloodstain pattern interpretation by completing a practical final examination.
Prerequisites: 
Crime Scene Investigation I, or equivalent, and Crime Scene II or permission of course instructor.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00
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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