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Biological Fluid Identification

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California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova or Los Angeles
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This 4-day (32-hour) course is designed to teach the beginning forensic biologist the methods and tests to locate and identify dried body fluids. The course will cover the tests commonly used in the forensic field: description and scientific basis, strengths and weaknesses, choice of testing procedures (analytical scheme), test interpretation, and preservation of biological evidence. The course will emphasize the testing of blood, semen, and saliva, but sweat and urine will also be covered, and vaginal secretions and fecal material will be discussed. Each class is limited to 12 students. POST certified.

Terry Spear
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Classroom lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises
Students will learn the theory and practice of body fluid identification. The students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests.
Minimum of 6 months of crime laboratory working experience
No cost to California public crime laboratory personnel. A $480.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

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