Crime scene investigation involves making observations, properly documenting those observations, and collecting and documenting physical evidence that will be used to validate or invalidate testimony or investigate leads.
This course addresses the responsibilities of personnel who investigate crime scenes, including responding patrol officers, case detectives, supervisors, coroners/death scene investigators, and laboratory analysts. It emphasizes the documentation and collection of physical evidence that will be used to reconstruct events.
Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
• Detail and analyze evidence from the crime scene
• Identify various types of physical evidence, both scientific and nonscientific
• Understand how to uncover physical evidence and important information
• Complete diagrams that accurately document and measure the crime scene
• Identify state-of-the-art equipment and chemical sprays that detect latent evidence
• Properly collect and document blood evidence for DNA analysis and stain interpretation
• Reconstruct, document, and collect evidence for shooting scenes based on the dynamics and trajectories of bullets
• Use gunshot wounds to determine and document information about the weapon and its location
• Address the special sensitivities and evidence considerations in officer-involved shooting investigations