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E - Firearms and Impression Evidence Program

Latent Print Techniques

Class Code: 
E151

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (38 hour) course is intended for individuals responsible for collecting latent print evidence at crime scenes and/or processing evidence for latent prints in the laboratory. The course is designed to acquaint students with various techniques used in the development of latent prints, as well as the sequence in which the techniques should be applied in order to achieve the best possible results. The students will participate in practical exercises involving fingerprint powders and lifting techniques, the applicaton of ninhydrin, cyanoacrylate fuming, laser/forensic light source and photographic techniques, and courtroom testimony. The course will also cover laboratory safety, friction ridge formation, latent print constituents, note taking and documentation, packaging and handling of evidence, and latent print evaluation. While they are briefly reviewed, an understanding of basic fingerprint pattern types, fingerprint history, and terminology is assumed. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Felita Chapman & Others
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises
Objectives: 
Students will be required to develop latent finger prints on a variety of surfaces using print powders, ninhydrin, and cyanoacrylate ester and evaluate them against for comparison to the satisfaction of the instructors. Students will also be expected to pass a written test at the conclusion of the class.
Prerequisites: 
Familiarity with basic friction ridge pattern recognition, crime scene processing, and photography.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading package.
Materials Fee: 
A $35.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due and payable at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to the 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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Fingerprint Pattern Recognition

Class Code: 
E150

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute /
Class Description: 
This three-day (24 hour) entry-level course is designed to give the student the knowledge and training needed to accurately interpret and recognize the basic fingerprint pattern types. The history and biology of fingerprints, definitions of ridge characteristics, and terminology are also covered. The student learns proper core and axis placement as it is utilized when searching fingerprints in the AFIS/ALPS database of Cal-ID. Extensive exercises provide practice for the student in recognition of the various fingerprint patterns. Students will also practice the collection of inked fingerprints and will have a brief introduction through exercises to fingerprint comparison and identification. This course is a prerequisite for the E151 Latent Fingerprint Techniques and E152 Latent Print Comparisons. Each class is limited to 15 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, and practical laboratory exercises
Objectives: 
Students will be able to recognize the different pattern types and explain the rules applied for core and axis placement. A final examination will be given to evaluate student success.
Prerequisites: 
Students should be Law Enforcement personnel whose job duties include work in a local identification unit.
Preparation: 
A fingerprint magnifying glass will be used during the class. The student may bring their own, or one will be provided.
Materials Fee: 
A $10.00 materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due and payable at the beginning of class. Make check(s) payable to the 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 $50.00 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: 
SEE s105, FORENSIC PHOTOGRAPHY and S106 PHOTOSHOP FOR FORENSIC EXAMINERS. E104 is 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:

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