California Criminalistics Institute
Welcome to the California Criminalistics Institute homepage. Under the umbrella of the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Forensic Services, CCI provides specialized forensic training to forensic laboratory and law enforcement personnel. Many of our courses are certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Besides standard forensic discipline classes, we also offer professional conduct classes to prepare scientists and law enforcement personnel to make ethical decisions while handling criminal evidence and to explain their background and findings in court. CCI strives to offer classes throughout the state of California in order to keep travel and training costs low.
To provide state and local forensic scientists with a vehicle for keeping abreast of the ever-changing trends and discoveries in the field of forensic science.
CCI is currently adapting to provide in person, on demand, and hybrid learning classes.
Students taking CCI classes include criminalists, evidence technicians, detectives, and crime scene investigators from city, county, state, and federal organizations.
|Chris Gale||Criminalist Manager|
|Alice Symons||Criminalist Supervisor|
|Nancy McCombs||Criminalist Supervisor|
|Hillary Bantrup||Program Coordinator|
|Jennifer Batt||Program Coordinator|
|Neda Khoshkebari||Program Coordinator|
|Donna Kleeburg||Program Coordinator|
|Waheed Jawadi||CCI Forensic Librarian|
|John Jang||Senior Industrial Hygienist|
|Joseph Arledge||Property Controller|
|Steve Phan||Staff Services Analyst|
- Provides forensic training to state and local law enforcement
- Provides literature and analytical reference information to California’s criminalistics laboratories
- Develops and evaluates new methodologies and equipment that will be used to provide more definitive answers to forensic evaluations
CCI offers classes under the course areas of:
|Course Area||# of different classes offered|
|Firearms and Impressions||29|
|Health and Safety||1|
|Microscopy and Trace||3|
|Biology and DNA||10|