California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
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
Classroom lectures, group discussions, and practical laboratory exercises using Hewlett-packard Chemstations and databases.
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.
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
Pre-course reading materials may be offered.
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.