FSA100 – 80.00 Hours
Currently there are no scheduled classes for this course. However, in some cases a course can be scheduled to meet your organization’s specific needs. For more information about this course or to schedule a class, please contact Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence at (800) 423-8433 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.
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 and Intermediate Crime Scene Search #2106.
- “I have never had better hands on instruction. This was the best course I have ever taken. [I] should have completed the course years ago.“
- “This class not only met my expectations but exceeded them. I look forward to returning to work and applying what I have learned now.“
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Participants enrolling in this course must meet one of the following employment statuses:
- Licensed or certified peace officer with a current commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative agency
- Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency conducting investigative tasks or duties
- Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting forensic examinations
Prior to the start of the course, a member of the Texas Forensic Science Academy staff will contact the participant to verify employment in one of the fields listed above.
Participants will be contacted via email to confirm approval and admittance into the course.
Course Completion Requirements
Participant Must Provide
- A photo identification on the first day of class. See the Participant Handbook for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines.
- Digital SLR camera
Class attendance is an essential part of the education process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. The course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirement, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
Participants in a TCOLE credit course must complete the class in its entirety to receive TCOLE credit.
Prior Training Courses or Knowledge
Participant May Bring:
- Camera cable release
- Macro lens or diopters
- Camera instruction manual
- Laptop computer or photo card reader (for photo review)
Course Attire / PPE
- Participants will conduct field exercises and processing activities throughout the course and are encouraged to dress appropriately by wearing comfortable clothing.
Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
- Crime scene searches and legality
- Crime scene investigative phases
- Crime scene photography techniques
- Types and elements of crime scene sketching
- Evidence collection, packaging, and preservation
- DNA evidence
- Investigative techniques for specific types of crime scenes
- Electronic evidence
- Fingerprint evidence and collection techniques
- Powder processing of fingerprint evidence
- Processing fingerprints on difficult surfaces
- Fingerprint processing with chemicals, dyes, and non-powder processes
- Processing blood prints
- Simulated crime scene investigation
- Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to investigative tasks and duties such as crime scene investigators, fire investigators, detectives, medicolegal death investigators, patrol officers, corrections officers and forensic nurses
Continuing Education And Professional Credits
Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.
- 40.00 hours – International Association of Identification (IAI)
- 4.00 hours – American Council on Education (ACE)
- 80.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: [email protected]