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E - Firearms and Impression Evidence Program

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.
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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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. POST Plan IV certified.
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.
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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Special Topics - Full-Auto and Conversion

Class Code: 
E429

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Various
Class Description: 
Currently in Development.

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Special Topics - Armorer School - AR Series Rifles

Class Code: 
E428

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Currently in Development.
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

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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.

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Special Topics - Armorer School - S&W Revolvers

Class Code: 
E422

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
Currently in Development.
Prerequisites: 
Enrollment in Firearms Academy

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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

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Tire Track & Tire Impression Evidence Examination (For Examiners)

Class Code: 
E142

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute Rancho Cordova/ Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This 5-day (40-hour) course provides essential information for examiners of tire impression evidence who write reports and testify about their observations and conclusions. Basic tire construction and manufacturing, as it assists in the evaluation of class characteristics, is addressed. Class characteristics related to noise treatments are explained. Tire wear and random individual characteristics, which enable stronger associations of a tire, are discussed. Students will conduct numerous exercises and case examinations. Exercise results will be discussed to teach and re-enforce fundamental examination methodology and observations. These discussions will provide experience with a variety of types of examination results and the reporting of those results. Hands-on experience with creating exemplary impressions of tires will be included, as will information about retread tires, tire databases and other resources.
Instructor: 
Lesley Hammer/Hammer Forensics
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, practical exercises, critiques, discussions, and examination.
Objectives: 
To gain familiarity with principles, techniques and systematic practices used for the collection, recovery, preservation and examination of tires, tire track, and tire impression evidence.
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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Footwear Impression Evidence Comparison

Class Code: 
E141

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute Rancho Cordova/ Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This 5-day (38-hour) course reviews essential information for those who examine footwear impression evidence and must provide written reports and expert testimony on their observations and conclusions. The course provides an understanding of basic footwear manufacturing techniques as they assist in the evaluation of class characteristics, as well as which aspects of manufacturing may enhance examination results. In addition, the wear and random individual characteristics, which enable positive identification of a shoe, are covered. Approximately 35-40 exercises and case examinations will be independently conducted by each student and discussed to teach and re-enforce both fundamental examination methodology and observations, and to provide experience with a variety of examination results ranging from identifications to non-identifications. Additional items to be covered include creation of exemplar impressions of suspected footwear, contusion impressions, shoe sizing, hands-on chemical enhancement of impressions, barefoot impressions, and a thorough review of the photography, casting and lifting methods necessary to recover this form of evidence
Instructor: 
TBD
Teaching Methods: 
Lectures, practical exercises, critiques, discussions and examination
Objectives: 
To gain familiarity with principles, techniques and systematic practices used for the collection, recovery, preservation and examination of footwear and footwear impression evidence.
Prerequisites: 
This class is limited to qualified crime laboratory personnel who will examine footwear and footwear impression evidence. It is geared to both new and experienced examiners.
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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Firearms and Toolmarks Introduction II

Class Code: 
E103

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
This one-week (40-hour) course follows E102 for the new firearms examiner. The course continues through a typical firearms case at the point that actual striation or impression comparisons start. The course will set the basis for the most important part of the firearm and toolmark case-the actual comparison. Topics covered in this course include the history, manufacture and nomenclature of tools, origin of markings on projectiles and casings, concepts of uniqueness, test-firing practices, and an introduction to the comparison of striated and impressed marks. Each class is limited to 12 students. POST has suspended Plan IV reimbursement until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Torrey Johnson
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, video recordings and practical workshops, and laboratory exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to examine firearms and ammunition components, compare mechanical models of striations, compare tests and unknown marks, compare bullets and test firings, and write reports of conclusions.
Prerequisites: 
Successful completion of E102 Firearm Safety E101 is recommended.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading material may be assigned.
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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