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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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Schedule of Classes:


No classes are scheduled at this time.

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