This five-day (40-hour) course is designed to introduce the Forensic Scientist to general concepts in the investigation of shooting incidents with an emphasis on the reconstruction of events that occur at such scenes using a comprehensive approach that includes pre and post shooting incident considerations. To this end, the instructors have attempted to organize the course into a chronological progression of considerations that include: 1) a philosophy of critical thinking; 2) an introduction to various specific shooting incident / firearms related phenomena that offer reconstructive information integrated with other forms of physical evidence; 3) practical approaches to reconstructive techniques that can be applied during the direct investigation of shooting scenes and/or resolving reconstructive issues that inevitably arise after the fact; and 4) practical considerations gleaned from a review of sources from both investigative and/or physical evidence prepared by various professionals in law enforcement and forensic science. Each class is limited to 20 students. POST Plan IV Reimbursement.
Chris Coleman, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Crime Lab.; Bruce Moran, Sacramento County DA's Forensic Laboratory
Demonstrations, lectures, and exercises.
Students will be required to demonstrate their ability to correctly interpret firearms information from the crime scene.
Crime Scene Investigation II (S211) or equivalent with permission of course coordinator.
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.