Forensic evidence of a crime scene can include the collection and preservation of entomological evidence resulting from the insect colonization of victims. Participants will learn to apply principles of forensic entomology to questions concerning victim transport, toxicology, and approximate time of death. Course instruction is through lecture, laboratory exercises, and field application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Forensic Entomology Course #40061.
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
- Participants will be required to conduct field exercises throughout the week and should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor crime scene investigations
TopicsChain of custody and shipping issues +Collecting and preserving entomological evidence +Collecting specimens from human remains +Environmental factors affecting decomposition by insects +Environments in which bodies decompose +Insects of forensic importance +Law enforcement application of forensic entomology +Preserving collected specimens +Rearing specimens collected from human remains
- Law Enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to crime scene investigation
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)+ACE+International Association of Identification (IAI)
- Participants should expect to work with insects, conduct close up examinations of simulated deceased victims (swine carcasses) and survey multiple scenario scene sites for other notable evidence during the class.