Physical evidence collected at the scene of a crime is often the single most critical element in criminal prosecution and conviction. This course provides participants with information, techniques, and methods for conducting crime scene investigations and processing crime scene evidence. Course instruction is through lecture and case review with emphasis on practical laboratory application, scenario-based practical application, and proper photography techniques.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Technician Course #40052.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
- Must be licensed or certified peace officers with a current commission or non-commissioned personnel assigned to investigate/process crime scenes
- Digital SLR camera
- Foundations of Forensic Photography
- Participants will conduct field exercises and processing activities throughout the course and are encouraged to dress appropriately for field exercises and processing activities by wearing older, comfortable clothing
- Camera instruction manual
- Camera cable release
- Macro lens or diopters
- Laptop computer or photo card reader (for photo review)
TopicsCrime scene documentation +Crime scene searches and legality +DNA evidence +Electronic evidence +Evidence collection, packaging, and preservation +Fingerprint processing with chemicals and dyes +Powder processing fingerprints +Processing blood prints +Processing fingerprints on difficult surfaces
- Peace officers, deputies, and crime scene investigation personnel
Continuing Education & Professional Credits