This three-day (24-hour) course will cover basic principles of statistics and probability relevant to key concepts in population genetics and profile frequency estimates of PCR-based/discrete allele systems. The recommendations made by the 1996 National Research Council in 'The Evaluation of Forensic DNA Evidence'' will be reviewed. Approaches to statistical analysis of parentage testing, kinship and mass disaster victim identification will also be covered. This course is intended for criminalists involved in the analysis of biological evidence or working in missing person DNA programs. Each class is limited to 30 students.
Classroom lectures and group discussions
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in practical and written tests
R251 (Short Tandem Repeat (STR) I Analysis and Typing) and R252 (Short Tandem Repeat (STR) II Analysis and Typing)
Pre-course reading materials may be assigned
POST-certified; no cost to 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.