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Blog Posts in 2015

  • Available Jobs for Forensic Investigators

    || 15-Dec-2015

    At CSI Academy, we train students in the fundamentals and cutting-edge developments of forensic investigation. In our state-of-the-art facility, we train citizens, private detectives, and law enforcement professionals in the best practices of crime scene investigation as well as providing accurate and effective testimony. But what jobs are available to our course graduates? Below, we have outlined ...
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  • Headed to the 2015 FDIAI Forensic Training Conference

    || 16-Oct-2015

    We are excited to be heading to the FDIAI 2015 Educational Training Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida this weekend. The conference will be covering educational forensic training from October 18 th through the 22 nd. The annual conference covers a variety of subjects, providing extensive forensic education and review to attendees. As a gold sponsor of the FDIAI conference, CSI Academy is ...
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  • Becoming A Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst

    || 24-Sep-2015

    In previous crime scene training blogs, we covered the requirements for crime scene investigative certification and crime scene analyst certification in Florida. The next step, and perhaps the most important, is Senior Crime Scene Analyst Certification (CSCSA). Standards for the International Association for Identification’s (IAI) Crime Scene Certification in any position are high, but ...
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  • Restoring Civility After Officer Shootings

    || 21-Sep-2015

    Recent clashes with police have continued to escalate; within the past few weeks, four officers were fatally shot while performing their job. Some have described the situation as one where citizens don’t trust police, and police face the possibility of violence from vigilante citizens. Others continue to stress that the evidence of police brutality cannot continue to be denied, and the ...
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  • We Say Goodbye to Instructor Karen Smith

    || 28-Aug-2015

    CSI Academy of Florida is sad to announce that instructor Karen Smith will be leaving us. Karen has made the difficult decision to leave our staff, in order to pursue her PhD. Her passion has always been academia and she will set aside teaching to once again be a student. Karen was incredibly knowledgeable and skilled in what she brought to our staff. She was a huge asset to our team and will be ...
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  • How to Attain a Crime Scene Analyst Certification in Florida

    || 14-Aug-2015

    In order to receive certification in crime scene analysis, an individual must have an extensive understanding of numerous topics regarding crime scenes. A certain level of intellect and technique is required for this career, which is why the industry has established qualifying factors that each individual is mandated to meet. In order to become a certified crime scene analyst in Florida, one must ...
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  • Our Managing Partners Donate $1,500 to Help Children in Need

    || 24-Jul-2015

    CSI Academy of Florida’s managing partners, Tom and Phyllis Sperring and Robert Rush recently assisted the Gainesville Police Department's Operation Backpack—a charity event established to help local kids. The Sperrings and Mr. Rush donated $1,500 to the cause and are happy to play a role in something that will impact the lives of so many children in need throughout the Greater ...
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  • How to Attain a Crime Scene Investigative Certificate in Florida

    || 17-Jul-2015

    Crime scene investigation is a complex career that requires an individual to have an extensive knowledge base and an understanding in a number of topics. A crime scene investigator must apply scientific methods and techniques within the constructs of the law system to examine crime scenes and evidence. Because of the high caliber of intellect needed for this career, the industry has set high ...
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  • Instructor Focus: Marc Trahan

    || 16-Jul-2015

    Greetings! My name is Marc Trahan. I am an instructor with the CSI Academy. For the last 30 years I have worked as a Police Officer for the Gainesville Police Department in Gainesville, Florida. The last 24 of those years were spent as a sworn Crime Scene Investigator in the Forensic Crime Unit. I retire from the Gainesville Police Department at the end of October 2015. Off duty I’m an ...
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  • Students Complete Basic Bloodstain Analysis Course

    || 13-Jul-2015

    New alumni of the CSI Academy successfully completed 16 laboratory exercises for their certificates in Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Students spent the vast majority of time creating bloodstain patterns commonly found at violent crime events and learned how to reconstruct the possible cause using scientific principles. The next Basic Bloodstain Analysis course is scheduled for October 5-9, ...
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  • David Thomas Talks with The Heat About Police & Community Tension

    || 26-Jun-2015

    With the media covering recent story after story about unarmed African American citizens killed by police officers, followed by an outcry for justice, it seems like there is still a serious need for a real solution to be implemented. Many believe that hiring more African Americans to serve on the police force can help to ease tensions between police officers and the communities they serve, but is ...
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  • Our Own, David J. Thomas in GQ Magazine

    || 9-Jun-2015

    With the increased attention to psychological screening for police officers, GQ Magazine reached out to CSI Academy of Florida 's own, David J. Thomas for some insight into the mental health of those in the field. Mr. Thomas is a therapist, former cop, and provides counseling and therapy services to law enforcement officers. Read the full article here!
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  • Alumni Focus - Lauren Nabut

    || 29-May-2015

    "During these past 6 short months working as a Crime Scene Investigator for the City of Miami Police Department, I have been exposed to so many different types of cases that I never would have imagined. Ever since I was a little girl, I was determined to practice law in my adult life... only until I chickened out from applying to Law School and instead was hired as a CSI from a pool of 675. I ...
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  • The CSI Academy of Florida's tradition continues! Join us in Sacramento, CA on Monday, August 3 from 4-7pm at the opening reception and have a beer (or 2) and pretzel (or 2) with us! Raise your glass and celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the IAI! See you there! PROST!
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  • The Real 'Dirt' In Forensic Science

    || 20-May-2015

    Dr. Lorna Dawson sees the value in something most of us find annoying; dirt on a person's shoes. By studying the differences in soil samples and using sophisticated laboratory analysis, Dr. Dawson has spent the past 30 years transforming the landscape of soil analysis and has closed cases that otherwise may have remained cold. Read the full article here!
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