Classes Offered

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General Forensics Class Descriptions

(Not all classes run every semester)


Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - FRN 7816 (40 Hours)
This is a course designed for investigators, crime scene technicians, forensic technicians and others practicing bloodstain pattern analysis. The course will enhance basic skills and develop advanced skills used in complex scenes. Additionally, students will be given an opportunity to practice their observation and analysis skills and see how to properly present findings in court.
Instructor: Ross Gardner

Advanced Crime Scene Academy - FRN 7835 (40hrs)
Pre-requisite Basic Crime Scene Academy (or equivalent experience)
This centerpiece 40 hour AAAF course introduces the concepts and techniques of comprehensive crime scene processing and the “science behind the scene.” This hands-on workshop provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, collect and preserve evidence from a crime scene. Participants will learn all of the elements of crime scene processing including forensic photography, investigative principles and related legal issues. Lessons are reinforced with hands-on practice with equipment. Participants will process crime scenes and support findings in mock court. This course focuses on the evidentiary significance of biological material discovered at a crime scene. The course emphasizes the use of technology to resolve crimes. Study will include the use of alternate light sources, trace evidence, forensic serology
Instructor: TBA



Advanced Shooting Reconstruction - FRN 7821 (40 Hours)
This course introduces the student to the most current methods of shooting reconstruction. Students will apply principles of trigonometry in determining angles of impact, ballistic trajectory and muzzle to target distance. Using laser trajectory devices, students will learn to document photographs and reenact shooting scenes. Students will be introduced to the methods used by firearms and tool mark examiners in the examination of large caliber fired bullets such as .45 caliber, various rifle and various shot shell components. In addition, various tool marks including pry bars, screwdrivers, knives and cutting type tools will also be studied. This course adds to the techniques used in the basic shooting reconstruction course while providing more lab and practical exercises along with a courtroom testimony portion. This course will also explore the reconstruction of shooting incidents, including determinations of the range, direction of fire and the identification of gunshot residues
Instructor: Don Mikko

Basic Crime Scene Academy - FRN 7815 (80 Hours)
This centerpiece AAAF course introduces the concepts and techniques of comprehensive crime scene processing and the “science behind the scene.” This hands-on workshop provides the student with the knowledge and skills needed to recognize, collect and preserve evidence from a crime scene. Participants will learn all of the elements of crime scene processing including forensic photography, investigative principles and related legal issues. Lessons are reinforced with hands-on practice with equipment. Participants will process crime scenes and support findings in mock court.

Basic Crime Scene Photography - FRN 7920 (24 Hours)
This hands-on workshop is designed to familiarize the crime scene detective/technician with the basic requirements of crime scene photography. This workshop focuses on basic operation of the camera how to use digital photography, and how to use tamper proof software to protect digital images.
Instructor: Buren Foster

Basic Fingerprint Comparison - FRN 7812 (40 Hours)
This five day workshop provides the basic skills needed to effectively compare and identify recovered fingerprints with file fingerprints.  Students will be presented with a variety of poor quality, partial prints, and rolled fingerprints for comparison with known fingerprint impressions.  Students will use minutiae to make positive identifications.
Instructor: TBA

Basic Shooting Reconstruction - FRN 7818 (40 Hours)
This course introduces the student to the most current methods of shooting reconstruction. Students will apply principles of trigonometry in determining angles of impact, ballistic trajectory and muzzle to target distance. Using laser trajectory devices, student will learn to document, photograph and reenact shooting scenes.
Instructor: Don Mikko

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis - FRN 7813 (40 Hours)
This hands-on workshop focuses on the physical dynamics of liquid blood: the patterns created when it strikes various surfaces and the method of stain creation. Students learn the skills necessary to reconstruct a violent incident involving bloodstains and how to relate it to the participants. Students also learn to properly identify, collect and preserve blood evidence for laboratory examination.
Instructor: Ross Gardner

Buried Body Recovery - FRN 7925 (24 Hours)
Criminals often attempt to dispose of human remains by burying them in the ground or covering them with leaves, wood or stones. Proper processing of these scenes generally requires the particular expertise of an experienced death investigator or a forensic anthropologist. This course will be instructed by a forensic anthropologist and will provide hands-on demonstrations and practical experience needed to develop the skills to fully process outdoor scenes involving buried human remains.
Instructor: TBA

Case Documentation & Testimony - FRN 7819 (24 Hours)
This course focuses on building criminal cases using physical evidence, scene documentation, witness testimony, suspect interviews and interrogation. Students will perform court testimonials and act out mock criminal trials with the guidance of real defense and district attorneys.
Instructor: TBA


Child Death Investigation - FRN 7928 (16 Hours)
This two day seminar will focus on the investigation of the death of children. Students will be presented with a variety of scenarios which resulted in the death of a child. Emphasis will be placed on the differences between, accidental, natural (to include SIDS), and non accidental death involving children of all age ranges. Scene investigation, trauma, injuries and burns, the investigation of SIDS, along with working with the Medical Examiner are all discussed in this valuable training class.
Instructor: Lisa Mayhew

Crime Scene Preservation & Ballistics Injury for EMS -FRN 7844 (8 Hours)
This one day course will discuss firearm related injuries and distance determinations (both gunshot residues and shotgun pattern analysis). The course will focus on applying various scientific methods, testing protocols, reproduction and comparison of gunpowder and primer residues in order to determine the muzzle-to-garment distance. Additionally, the course will include various firearms related injuries found on bodies and other mediums. This course is a basic course for EMS personnel.
Instructor: Don Mikko

Crime Scene Reconstruction - FRN 7807 (40 Hours)
This practical, intensive, hands-on class requires the student use knowledge from prior investigative courses. Students will process crime scenes with sections that focus on different skill sets. Interpretation of more complex crime scenes will be covered. Students will reconstruct mock scenes with all data and bring everything together for courtroom testimony. This class will cover cold cases and scene reconstruction issues rather than basic crime scene analysis. Basic Crime Scene Academy or similar training would be helpful.
Instructor: TBA

Firearms Injuries and Distance Determination - FRN 7843 (24 Hours)
This three day course will discuss firearm related injuries and distance determinations (both gunshot residues and shotgun pattern analysis). The course will focus on applying various scientific methods, testing protocols, reproduction and comparison of gunpowder and primer residues in order to determine the muzzle-to-garment distance. Additionally, the course will include various firearms related injuries found on bodies and other mediums. Numerous practical exercises and PowerPoint Presentations will be utilized throughout the course.
Instructor: Don Mikko

Flies, Foliage and Features - FRN 7826 (24 Hours)
This course provides students with an in-depth, hands-on workshop that focuses on field investigative techniques. Emphasis is placed on collecting, preserving and interpreting insect evidence, plant evidence and recovery of human remains. Students learn how to manage the outdoor crime scene. This course is instructed by a uniquely qualified team that includes a forensic anthropologist, a forensic botanist and a forensic entomologist.
Instructor: TBA

Footwear and Tire Tracks - FRN 7801 (16 Hours)
This 2 day workshop provides the student with information regarding the value and use of track evidence and how it can link an individual to a crime scene. Attendees will learn how to recognize, collect and preserve track evidence for comparative examinations. This course is designed for experienced investigators as well as new police officers and first responders. This course will provide fundamental knowledge needed to locate, document, collect and preserve impressions from a crime scene. By participating in the hands-on components, the student will create, document, recover footwear, tire tracks and tool mark evidence. Students are encouraged to bring a flashlight.

Forensic Death Investigation - FRN 7926 (16 Hours)
This course provides the crime scene technician or death investigator with the basic knowledge and skills to correctly interpret postmortem human physiology. This seminar focuses on the body at the scene and how to obtain maximum evidence from any injuries and postmortem changes.
Instructors: Calvin Jackson,

Forensic Evidence for CSI - FRN 7889 (8 Hours)
This course will provide students with knowledge of current forensic evidence collection and preservation techniques and procedures used in the field including a healthcare setting. Rules of Evidence guidelines will be also addressed for courtroom testimony. The students will also learn how to properly secure a crime scene and gather pertinent investigative information that may be used in court. The knowledge and training obtained from this course will provide the information necessary for a basic collaborative working environment between law enforcement, healthcare, attorneys and the judicial system.
Instructor: TBA

Forensic Latent Fingerprint Development - FRN 7811 (36 Hours)
This course introduces the student to a variety of powder and chemical processes. Emphasis will be placed on powder processing, cyanoacrylate fuming, cyanoacrylate dye stains, bloodstains, and chemical processing of porous items. The student will learn to recognize and understand how and when to apply a development technique and the order in which they are applied. The student will also mix each of the chemicals used during the course.
Instructor: TBA

Intro to Crime Scene Measurement and Sketch Analysis - FRN 7900 (8 hours)
This 1-day introduction course is designed for new law enforcement personnel who are responsible for sketching and measuring crime scenes. Sketching and measuring are essential components for properly recording a crime scene. This course will introduce different types of crime scene sketches, how to properly illustrate the sketch, and how to properly label the sketch. The course will also introduce several measurement techniques and discuss the latest technologies in crime scene diagramming. The students will be responsible for creating a sketch of a mock crime scene, which includes accurate measurements.

Introduction to Fingerprint Classification and Comparison - FRN 7931
This 40 hour class will teach the fundamentals of fingerprint pattern interpretation and how this information is used to accurately classify, search and file and criminal record. The Henry Classification System remains the backbone of law enforcement record identification. This training is vital for any individual who wishes to pursue a career in police criminal identification. Course work includes arch, loop, and whorl pattern recognition and classification. Students will be able to classify a given set of inked fingerprint impressions and identify the inked impressions against a known standard.
Instructor: Johnny Leonard

Introduction to Fire Investigation - FRN 7810 (40 Hours)
This course will provide students with a practical approach to basic fire investigation. Students will participate in a 5-day course that covers fire behavior, building construction, the scientific method, origin and cause determination, interviewing, legal aspects of the fire scene and more. Students will participate in the investigation of an actual room and contents fire.  This practical exercise will allow the student to participate in documentation of the scene, photographs, collection of evidence and providing a written report. Instructors will focus on investigating fire scenes with a team concept
Instructor: Jack Kennedy

Introduction to Ultra Violet Infrared Photography -FRN 7841 (16 Hours)
This Online course covers the basic methods of Infrared and Ultraviolet Photography in the areas of Crime Scene, Forensics and Documentation. This includes but not limited to the following applications. Crime Scene Photography, Blood Spatter, Fluid Capture, Latent Prints, Evidence, Obliteration, GSR (Gun Stain Residue), Bite Marks/Bruising, Skin Mapping, Identification/Tattoo, Counterfeit Detection, Surveillance and Dental. This course also covers the various camera, lighting essential equipment required in this type of photography.
Instructor: TBA

Latent Palm Print Comparison - FRN 7845 (40 Hours)
This 40 hour course combines both lecture and latent palm print exercises. The ACE-V methodology of comparing and identifying latent prints is discussed as it relates to the scientific method. The latent palm print exercises in this course will provide real life case work type experience. Each student should have attended a basic latent fingerprint comparison course first. Palm print points of direction, areas and zones are covered in this class. Major and minor flexion creases along with palm print topography and its use in comparisons are discussed. Palm print orientation and palm print search clues in latent print comparisons are also covered in this great class.
Instructor: Johnny Leonard

Legal Issues of Crime Scene Searches - FRN 7822 (16 Hours)
This course will provide an overview of the legal issues involved in searching and processing crime scenes. Topics covered include: warrantless entries, consent to search, the plain view doctrine, crime scene search warrants, technical issues involved in the processing of crime scenes, including; photographs, fingerprints and blood-spatter interpretation, expert witness qualification. This material will be presented through lecture, case review and practical exercises.
Instructor: Donald Rice

Medicolegal Death Investigation - FRN 7927 (24 Hours)
This seminar is designed to address the expanded role of the death investigator, providing the basic knowledge and skills to ensure productive and effective death investigations. The seminar focuses on 52 skills critical to the professional investigator covering such topics as scientific knowledge, scene investigations, interaction with other agencies and evidence collection. This course is instructed by four forensic experts including a forensic anthropologist, forensic entomologist, forensic odontologist and a forensic pathologist.
Instructor: TBA

Photoshop for Crime Scene Investigators - FRN 7918 (24 Hours)
This course provides students with a hands-on approach to enhancing their crime scene photography skills. Students will use digital cameras to photograph physical evidence in a mock crime scene; secure the images using unique software; and develop laboratory and courtroom quality images using enhancement techniques from Photoshop software.
Instructor: Buren Foster
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Post-Blast Crime Scene & Tool Mark Identification - FRN 7852-01 (32 Hours)
This course will introduce students to methods used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel and forensic firearm/tool mark examiners in regards to processing a crime scene involving an explosive. This four day course consists of class room instruction on explosive devices and tool mark related evidence as well as numerous hand on practical exercises. One half day will be spent at the bomb range where students will have to gather evidence after an explosion and identify tool markings related to the case. This class was created after the Boston Marathon Bombing to help police departments quickly identify and gather evidence which may help to identify an offender.

Profiling and Processing Homicides - FRN 7936 (24 hours)
This 3 day class will provide practical skills for detectives and crime scene investigators in the investigation of complex violent crime. The focus will be hon behavioral aspects of offenders, the evidence they leave behind and coordination between CSI and detectives. The background on behavioral aspects with different murder cases, arson and other violent crimes will be covered. Students will evaluate cold cases and cases left with only photographs to work with in reconstructing their case. This case includes lecture and hands-on exercises in a realistic mock crime scene.
Profiling Sex Crimes - FRN 7935 (16 Hours)
This 2 day course will provide practical skills for detectives and crime scene investigators in the investigation of various sex crimes. The focus will be on behavioral aspects of offenders, the evidence they leave behind and coordination between CSI and detectives through the completion of the case. The background on behavioral aspects with different sex cases, assaults and other violent sexual related crimes will be covered. The student will evaluate cold cases and cases left with only photographs to work with in reconstructing their case. This case utilizes both lecture and realistic mock crime scenes.

Recovery of Footwear and Tire Track Evidence - FRN 7801 (24 Hours)
In this hands-on course, students will learn how to identify, develop, collect and interpret impression evidence from different types of surfaces and substrates using a variety of techniques.
Instructor: TBA

Serial Number Restoration Techniques - FRN 7827 (16 Hours)
This is a two-day course designed for forensic firearm and tool mark examiners, crime scene technicians, police investigators, police detectives, attorneys, insurance investigators, and college students.  The course will provide students with the basic, advanced and technical principles of serial number restoration/identification, metallurgical aspects of various alloys and the various methods and techniques associated with the restoration of obliterated serial numbers/markings. The students will learn how to use various restoration methods including chemical, electrolytic and magnetic particle while also learning of the importance of safety and proper laboratory protocols.  Additionally, the students will learn about the identification and tracing of firearms recovered in criminal cases and proper documentation along with the completion of the ATF National Tracing Center Form. The course will consist of various classroom lectures and numerous practical exercises involving obliterated/altered serial numbers/markings on firearms; firearm parts and accessories; various types of tools; electronic equipment and other components.
Instructor: Don Mikko

Sexual Assault and Evidence Collection - FRN 7930 (40 Hours)
This four day workshop enhances the skills of the criminal investigator. Focus is placed on scene investigations; child sexual abuse; normal genitalia; forensic evaluation of children and adults; differential diagnosis; sexually transmitted diseases; violence and rape; special settings; and documentation.
Instructor: TBA

Additional Classes Offered Online


Officer Involved Shooting - FRN 7932 (24 hours)

This course will enhance investigators, CSIs and supervisors’ knowledge of the ability to complete a thorough investigation of an officer involved shooting incident. Multiple shot incidents with multiple shooters are covered along with the basics of shooting reconstruction. In addition, the course covers media, crime lab, politicians and supervisor issues, and pressure involved with this type of investigation.  Witness statements, evidence collection, and court preparation are discussed. Instructors cover numerous officer involved shootings from various states along with subject videos, photos and sketches. Trace evidence recognition, cartridge case ejection patterns, and terminal ballistic properties are covered in this 24-hour course.

Instructor: Eddie Howell


Criminal Profiling for the Violent Crime Scene:  Understanding the Behavior Aspects of Violent Crime - FRN 7933 (40 hours)

This unique 40-hour course will provide practical skills for detectives and crime scene investigators in the investigation of complex violent crime. The focus of the instruction will be on the behavioral aspects of offenders, the evidence they leave behind and coordination between CSI and detectives through the completion of the case. The background on behavioral aspects with different murder cases, sexual assaults, arson, and other violent crimes will be covered. The student will evaluate cold cases and cases left with only photographs to work with in reconstructing their case. This intensive course will provide both classroom lectures and realistic mock crime scenes that are real world applicable to both detectives and crime scene investigators.

Instructor:  Bo Barton and Paul Larosa,  SLED