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EVIDENCE COLLECTION: CRIME SCENE TO COURTROOM BASICS
Collection, Preservation, Legal Standards 

With the increased importance and perception from the courts and public on crime scene and forensic skills, evidence collection and preservation must adhere to best practice procedures.  Skill sets learned can increase an agency’s case clearance rates and successful courtroom prosecution efforts, while simultaneously building public service satisfaction levels and their confidence in investigative efforts.

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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.

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

December 2-3, 2024

Oak Forest Police Department

15440 S. Central Ave.  Oak Forest, Illinois 60452

Spring 2025

Coming Soon

Spokane County Sheriff Training Center

13033 W. SR 902     Spokane, WA 99224

Spring 2025

Coming Soon

South Metro Public Safety Training Facility

7525  Braemar Blvd., Edina, MN 55439

September 23-24, 2024

Minnesota Post Approved

Hosted by: Puyallup Police Department

Puyallup Research and Extension Center Allmendinger Hall

2606 West Pioneer Puyallup, WA 98371

October 28-29, 2024

Iowa Law Enforcement Academy

7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA 50131

Spring 2025

Coming Soon

Everett Police Department - South Precinct

1121 SE Everett Mall Way  Everett, WA 98208

Spring 2025

Coming Soon
 

"The instructor knew the material very well and was easy to follow along. Really enjoyed time in class. The class will help me process a scene better.  The entire class was excellent." Asst. Fire Marshall Bill Clifford, Spokane Valley (WA) FD

"Extremely knowledgable about all things related to forensics and crime scene processing. Great course instruction for beginning steps to process scenes. Plenty of hands-on practice with multiple items." Sgt. Fred Graves, King County (WA) Dept. of Corrections

"I've taken 40 hour courses before and in 2 days learned and applied the techniques as well as how to describe them for court and in reports which was lacking in previous courses instructed elsewhere." Ofc. Nick Szalinski, Joliet (IL) PD

"Overall this course was the most comprehensive class that I have taken in processing a crime scene.  You are extremely knowledgeable and is able to convey the message so that everyone attending the training can understand.  I appreciated that you took the time to make sure that everyone in the class understood the process and explain why we do what we do." 

Det. Michael Kim Okanogan (WA) County SO

"Extremely knowledgable about the material and conveyed it an easy to understand manner. The course touched on all the different aspects of forensics."

Dep. Richard Williford, Will County (IL) SO

"Did an excellent job of present and teaching this class. The equipment shared in this course was extremally important to physivcally learning those instructed techniques." Det. Nicholas Nielsen, Lee County (IL) SO

"Great instructor. He made the class interesting and applicable to my job. The course was very hands on and gave me confidence for my job. He helped to demystify the the process recovering blood, fingerprints, etc." Det. Caleb Aumell, Wenatchee (WA) PD

"Instructor had many life experiences and cases to share and show methods of recovery worked in those scenes."

Civil Deputy Sarah Boudrieau, Columbia County (WA) SO

"I thought the value of the instructor's examples were excellent. Excellent overview of the steps to evidence collection."

Evid. Tech. Tyler Chilman, Enumclaw (WA) PD

"Great use of personal experiences. Far more training and experience (and passion) than any instructor I have has had in many years.  Fantastic introductory course. Training materials were top notch." Forensic Technician David Freudiger, Norman (OK) PD

"Extremely knowledgable. Instructor was also willing to help staying after class and offering his contact info." 

Ofc. Harrel Kendrick, Bixby (OK) PD

"Instructor was knowledgeable, experienced and had examples of application in his career.  The tricks of the trade will save me hours, days and cases. It will save headaches for me, and more headaches for defense attorneys."

Det. Timothy Spitzer, Galesburg (IL) PD

 

"It was obvious the instructor not only knew the material but was also passionate about it. I really enjoyed the class. Went beyond my expectation due to the knowledge and and experience of the instructor."

Ofc. Patrick Barnes, Glen Carbon (IL) PD

"This course is perfect for brand new or experienced law enforcement officers. You will learn something no matter how much you already know."

Det. Jon Evans, Lincoln County (WA) SO

 

"I have taken many evidence classes and the verbal teaching taught me more in 2 days than my week long classes.

Nicole Frazer, Washington State Gambling Commission

Exceeded my expectations. Excellent practicals. Instructor was super knowledgeable and explained all questions I had. Best part was how to speak in the courtroom and explaining "CSI" effect.  Ofc. Jason Kennedy, Poulsbo (WA) PD

"All of the inexpensive ideas to add to my evidence kit is going to come in very handy. These coupled with the hands on exercises really put things in perspective and helped my confidence."  Det. Tanisha Earl, Lewiston (ID) PD

 

"Brings real life experience to the classroom: what worked, what didn’t. (The strongest feature of this seminar) multiple techniques for collecting fingerprints using well known techniques as well as tried and true methods."

ET Rebecca, Boettjer, Monroe County (IN) SO

“Great job!

Ofc. Joshua Blocher, Noblesville (IN) PD

 

“Been in law enforcement for 19 years and the instructor opened my eyes on several subjects. Some things I had never thought of.”​

 

"Material covered was relevant and very applicable to my job duties. Instructor was very experienced and knowledgeable...and was always very open and available for questions.”

“Materials provided were excellent & instructor was very knowledgeable. I feel I have the practical skills to now perform a variety of forensic evidence recovery”.  

Bree Cowdrey, Sumner (WA) PD

“Did a great job of using real-world experience to deliver information in an easy to understand and practical manner”. 

Ward Kruse, Camas (WA) PD

“The relevant subject matter and interaction activities made learning more memorable. Explains the information in a simple, understandable way. 

Jason McDonald, Burlington (WA) PD

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