FSA102 – 40.00 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Participants will be required to conduct field exercises throughout the week and should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor scene investigations
- Comfortable closed toe footwear
- Sun protection
- Insect repellent
Upon successful completion, you will be able to:
- Chain 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 investigative tasks and duties such as crime scene 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.
- 20.00 hours – International Association of Identification (IAI)
- 40.00 hours – Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)
- 3.00 hours – ACE American Council on Education (ACE)
- Participants should expect to work with live insects, conduct close up examinations of simulated deceased victims (swine carcasses) and survey multiple scenario scene sites for other notable evidence during the class
Institute for Law Enforcement and Protective Services Excellence
Phone: (979) 845-6677 | Toll-Free: (800) 423-8433
Email: [email protected]