This four day (32-hour) class will cover non-routine aspects of sexual assault evidence, focusing on interpretation issues. Such issues come from persistence of seminal components, extraction efficiency, limitations of testing, and information from microscopic examination of extracts. Students will test samples, with emphasis on microscopy. The class will include lectures, classroom discussion of casework examples, and laboratory testing of samples. Course will include a review of microscope use and alignment. Each class is limited to 12 students. Post Certified
Kerstin Gleim, Pacific Coast Forensic Science Institute
Classroom lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and laboratory exercises
Students will gain a wider knowledge of the information available from the microscopic examinations of cellular material and of the variables in sexual assault cases and their effects on interpretation. The students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in a written test.
Basic Forensic Serology (B101), or equivalent (knowledge and some experience of the testing methods used for sexual assault evidence). Preference will be given to applicants who have taken a basic microscopy course (or have equivalent knowledge).
No cost to California public crime laboratory personnel. A $480.00 tuition fee is required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applicants.