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The Essentials

Crime Scene/Evidence photography is a learned, specialized and supplemental form of investigative case reporting. Acquired photography skills will often result in recording critical scene conditions or details that official written reports may not comprehensively describe.

Forensic Technician Certification


Evidence Processing: Crime Scene to Courtroom Basics

Crime Scene Photography: The Essentials

Effective Crime Scene Reporting: Documentation and Demonstratives


Completion of the above three seminars and examination will result in the issuance of a Forensic Crime Scene Technician certification. These seminars do not need to be completed in the same week and anyone who has completed these seminars previously will be issued the certification. Likewise, these seminars may be taken individually and do not require they all be taken within the week and any of the seminars taken previously count towards the certification.

Oak Forest Police Department

15440 S. Central Ave.  Oak Forest, Il 60452

April 24-25, 2024

Glenview Police Department
 2500 E Lake Ave, Glenview, IL 6002

May 15-16, 2024

League City Police Department

555 W. Walker Street  League City, TX 77573

October 16-17, 2024

Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System
1701 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802

December 4-5, 2024

Everett Police Department - South Precinct

1121 SE Everett Mall Way  Everett, WA 98208

Spring 2025

Coming Soon

Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office - Training Academy

9225 S. 68th Street, Franklin, WI  53132

May 2-3, 2024

Norman Police Investigations Center

1507 W Lindsey St,  Norman OK 73069

October 6-7, 2024

Hosted by: Puyallup Police Department

Puyallup Research and Extension Center Allmendinger Hall

2606 West Pioneer Puyallup, WA 98371

October 30-31, 2024

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131

Spring 2025

Coming Soon

Spokane County Sheriff Training Center

13033 W. SR 902     Spokane, WA 99224

Spring 2025

Coming Soon

"I expanded my knowledge greatly with the photography course. I learned new concepts that I hope to implement into my work and daily life

Sgt. Kyle Gehrlein, Latah County (ID) Sheriff’s Office

"Instructor is truly a subject matter expert in crime scene photography. He used case examples to aid students in understanding the importance of obtaining quality photographs during investigations. Det. Steve White, Washington State Patrol


"I really, really liked this class! Extremely enlightening ISO, shutter speeds and aperture."

Fire Investigator James Vickerman, Lockport (IL) FD


"Worked very hard discussing and describing technical to further the knowledge of the class. I believe this course has provided sufficient training to aid in my future needs to capture the best images scenes will allow." Det. Nicholas Nielsen, Lee County (IL) SO

"Instructor took a complicated subject and broke it down to where where it was easily understood. He also gave me tricks that will help apply these new skills at work. I am leaving this class confident in the "manual" mode and I am able to use the settings to take a clear photo."

Det. Caleb Aumell, Wenatchee (WA) PD

"As always, On-Target supplies excellent instructors. The instructor engaged the class and is clearly a subject matter expert."

Det. Cody Robertson, Federal Way (WA) PD

"So many real-life examples. I love knowing where this is going to help me on scenes. Such a fun class. I love that it was really relaxed. He was so easy to ask for assistance as needed." Evid. Tech. Macey List, Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake

"Very knowledgable. Presented in a way for everyone to understand. I was able to leave with all questions answered and knowledge on how to ACTUALLY use my equipment."  Det. Bre Dalton, Tooele City (UT) PD

"Did amazing with explaining and clarifying how the camera works and how to use it. Was able to help me understand crime scene photogrpahy better than previous classes from other agencies. Ofc. Braden Ray, Santa Clara-Ivins (UT) PD

"Very well prepared, very knowledgable. Great course! Really enjoyed refreshing material and learning new material."

Det. Jay Mitchener, Marion (IN) PD

"This class is great for officers no matter their level of experience. The hands on experience and the coaching while doing the exercises was great!"

Inv./Evid. Collection Kevin Pierce, Muncie (IN) PD


"Was very easy to talk to with questions. Spent time with each student if they had questions. I was very impressed with how much he explained the camera and taking photos. The practicals helped understand how to manipulate my camera."

Det. Jon Alexander, Vincennes (IN) PD

"This course is relevant and met my expectations and exceeded them. Well versed in the course material and presented it in an easy to understand way and makes sure to try and connect with and help each student." Det. Skyler Pearson, Latah County (WA) SO

"Came in with the struggle/no confidence with night time shots. I'm leaving today much more confident and have a bigger base to expand on when taking photos at night." Tech. Miranda Martinez, Moses Lake (WA) PD

"Great instructor. Very knowledgable about the topic. He explains it well so it is easy to understand. This course was excellent! Lots of practicals to make learning fun and easy."  Capt. Mike Sole, Sapulpa (OK) PD

"Very knowledgable, vast experience and experience instructor. I have been using this camera for 7 months and had a previous photography course. I still learned a truckload of new techniques to improve my proficiency." Forensic Technician Davide Freudiger, Norman (OK) PD


"Instructor is the epitome of an expert in the field of forensic science. His knowledge of the subject matter is so high he is able to communicate the content to everyday patrol officers." Ofc. Geunyoung Pak, Rolling Meadows (IL) PD

"Extremely knowledgeable and educated. Great public speaker."  Ofc. Jake Howard, Arlington Heights (IL) PD 

"This is the course I wish I could have taken as a precursor to me evidence technician roll. Provides a good foundation."

Ofc. David Ellis, Rolling Meadows (IL) PD

"When I came to this class, I didn't know anything about cameras/photography. By the end of the second day, I left confident. Great job."

Ofc. Austin Rosenbloom, Gibson City (IL) PD

"Great class. Broke down the tech of camera into simple terms. Left leaving the class with more knowledge of my camera."

Det. Curt Kneller, Morris (IL) PD

"This class was great!. Easy to talk to, personal and very knowledgeable. Easy to understand, engaging, great instructor, excited to apply new ideas and techniques."  Forensic Analyst Nicole Garrett, Unified (UT) PD


"This course was exactly what I wanted. I learned useful skills which I will be able immediately to put into practice. Good information but the best part was using the cameras, manuals and other equipment."  Ofc. John Wells, West Valley (UT) PD


"Understanding the camera and all the settings, as I am new to investigation, this helped me a lot. I will suggest this course to the rest of my team but also to patrol/line officers."  Ofc. Tyler Oliva, Tooele County (UT) SO

"Instructor was very knowledgeable and cared about the subject matter. He checked in with students throughout to ensure they understood topics and requested from each student if there were additional information they needed for their specific duties."

Det. Mark Anderson, Clark County (WA) SO

"Twenty years on the job and still walked away with something new. Enjoyed case examples, class discussion and flexibility with spending more time on subjects that were questioned with no rush to get through the slides." Forensic Specialist Trayce Boniecki, Spokane County SO


"Instructor is obviously an expert, experienced investigator and that translates well into his instructions."

Sgt. Mark Lewis, Moxee (WA) PD

"Instructor was able to simplify and clarify intimidating topics. I was able to feel comfortable with my equipment for the first time.

Lana Howard, Forensic Specialist, Carmel (IN) PD

“Instructor is very good at explaining / translating complex info to easily understandable terms."

"I've always found practicing tripod - sync cord to get oblique lit photos of unprocessed footprints in dust or fingerprints to be a helpful exercise."

"Excellent use of stories/experience to further the class material. Presented complex materials into easy to understand format. The classroom exercises were very helpful and the instructor how best to photograph certain things such as recovered firearms or vehicles!"


"This course was very helpful in getting to know how to use your equipment and where to find settings.  The mechanics and science of photography gives you a good foundation for taking good crime scene photos."

"I really got an understanding how the camera works and what it's capabilities are. I learned a lot of tips and tricks to help me with photographing scenes. The information provided was in a way for everyone to understand."

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