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.
- Licensed or certified peace officer with a current
commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative
- Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency
conducting investigative tasks or duties
- Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting
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.
Course Attire / PPE
- 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
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 investigative tasks and duties such as crime scene investigators, detectives, medicolegal death investigators, patrol officers, corrections officers and forensic nurses
Continuing Education and Professional CreditsTexas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)+ACE+International Association of Identification (IAI)
- 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