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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 2/15/2016 - 2/19/2016

6/6/2016 - 6/10/2016 (Italian Class)

6/20/2016 - 6/24/2016

10/17/2016 - 10/21/2016

Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 hours
Description:

This course will teach students the uses and limitations of bloodstain patterns as they relate to violent crime analysis. Lessons include 16 comprehensive laboratory exercises in our dedicated blood spatter rooms and a workbook with relevant questions related to their findings. Labs include:

  • Falling distances, surface texture, drop volume
  • Presumptive testing
  • Blood in motion, swipes, wipes, transfers, drip trails
  • Stain measurement, distance from target, impact stains
  • Area of convergence, area of origin, peer-review process
  • Luminol and Blue Star Forensic use
  • Documentation, collection, and packaging
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Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 2/29/2016 - 3/4/2016
Time: -
Amount: $0.00
Duration:
Description:

CSI Academy will be hosting a Shooting Incident Reconstruction course on our campus through Forensic Training Source. For those seeking to improve their skills in this area, the course can be extremely beneficial and helpful. With this 40-hour, 5-day course, you can develop an understanding of shooting reconstruction through a combination of classroom learning and practical exercises.

The Shooting Incident Reconstruction covers the following topics:

  • Common shooting reconstruction terminology
  • External, internal and terminal ballistics
  • Range of fire determination
  • Gunshot residueala
  • Identifying / detecting bullet marks
  • Behavior of projectiles on a range of surfaces
  • Correct measuring and documentation of bullet marks
  • Humans and motor vehicle targets
  • Reconstructing flight path
  • Writing reports with analysis and conclusion
  • Providing reconstruction through courtroom testimony

The course also covers a number of other important topics related to shooting crime scene reconstruction, so do not hesitate to sign up!

You can register on Forensic Training Source’s website here:

Shooting Incident Reconstruction registration

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Courtroom Testimony

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 2/4/2016 - 2/5/2016

6/2/2016 - 6/3/2016

10/6/2016 - 10/7/2016

Time: -
Amount: $250.00
Duration: 16 hours
Description: This course will teach the basic rules of evidence for the introduction of crime scene evidence in a courtroom. Students will learn the proper foundations that are necessary to admit a piece of evidence and the required proof regarding chain of custody, how to prepare themselves to answer prosecutorial direct examination questions, and defend his / her processes during defense cross-examination. Participants will prepare documents based upon a mock crime scene and take the witness stand using learned techniques during questioning by Robert A. Rush, a dual-certified criminal and civil trial attorney—1 of only 4 in the state of Florida.
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Crime Scene Management for First Responders

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 2/9/2016 - 2/9/2016

6/14/206 - 6/14/2016

10/11/2016 - 10/11/2016

Time: -
Amount: $125.00
Duration: 8 hours
Description: In this unique course designed for patrol officers, paramedics, fire-rescue personnel, and other first responders, students will learn the basics of crime scene response, security, protection, and documentation. Instructors will use numerous case studies to demonstrate how improper scene security can negatively affect an investigation and review proper procedures via several hands-on mock crime scenes. Basic latent print techniques will be reviewed and practiced along with basic note taking and chain of custody procedures.
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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 3/28/2016 - 4/1/2016

7/25/2016 - 7/29/2016

12/5/2016 - 12/9/2016

Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 hours
Description:

In this advanced course, students will take their basic bloodstain analysis skills to the next level by refreshing learned skills from the Basic 40-hour course and developing investigators' ability to recognize, document, analyze, and collect stains related to clothing and more complicated substrates, multiple impact events, multiple victim / suspect events, and how to categorize bloodstains according to established principles by the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts. Cognitive bias will be discussed along with the importance of objective analysis, the scientific method, and the peer-review process. There will be focus on document preparation and courtroom testimony procedures.

**A 40-hour Basic Bloodstain Analysis course is a required prerequisite for this class.

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Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 4/11/2016 - 4/15/2016

4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

8/15/2016 - 8/19/2016

12/12/2016 - 12/16/2016

Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 Hours
Description:

From the specifics of approaching and securing a crime scene to the presentation of evidence in the courtroom, this scenario-based course will give students exposure to the principles and practices of crime scene investigations. This is the foundational course required for most advanced courses and is groundwork for beginning investigators to understand the basic techniques required for working uncomplicated crime scenes.

Topics covered include:

  • How to properly approach, document, and analyze a crime scene
  • Photography basics
  • Techniques to recover latent, patent, and plastic fingerprints and palm prints
  • Basic bloodstain pattern analysis
  • Shoe print and tire track documentation and casting techniques
  • Trace evidence documentation and recovery
  • Courtroom presentation
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Alternate Light Source Applications

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 4/6/2016 - 4/8/2016

7/20/2016 - 7/22/2016

11/30/2016 - 12/2/2016

Time: -
Amount: $375.00
Duration: 24 hours
Description:

Our Alternate Light Source Applications course is designed to introduce students to the use of the visible light spectrum to enhance organic and inorganic substances that otherwise may be overlooked in a criminal investigation. Students will learn how light affects some biological fluids often left at crime scenes, causing absorption, fluorescence, luminescence, and contrast with the target surface. We will also cover documentation, preservation, and collection techniques.

A few topics that will be covered in the course include:

  • How the visible light spectrum works
  • How the VLS can assist investigators in locating evidence
  • Precautions when using UV light
  • Biological fluid location, enhancement, and recovery
  • Filter use and photography techniques
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1-Day Latent Print

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 5/19/2016 - 5/19/2016

9/22/2016 - 9/22/2016

Time: -
Amount: $125.00
Duration: 8 hours
Description:

Students taking this course will learn the essentials of latent print discovery, processing, recovery, and documentation using powders, superglue, and sticky-side tape agents. Locating and recovering latent fingerprints can make all the difference between solving a crime and putting the file into the "no solvability factors" pile. Recovery of a single latent print can lead to multiple case clearances. Students will be given a basic tool kit that includes a fiberglass brush, black powder, tape, and lift cards at the end of the class that will allow them to continue their skills in the field.

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1-Day Photography

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 5/20/2016 - 5/20/2016

9/23/2016 - 9/23/2016

Time: -
Amount: $125.00
Duration: 8 hours
Description:

Students taking this course will learn the basic procedures of crime scene documentation via photography. Showing a fair and accurate depiction of the scene is paramount to photographic documentation. Students will be shown how to correctly format photographs, use the on-camera flash, photograph evidence in situ with and without number placards, and how to photographically place evidence into a crime scene for courtroom presentation.

This class is ideal for police officers responsible for documenting uncomplicated scenes that do not require or fall under the need for a crime scene investigator. Nikon D80 or Canon 20D camera kits will be provided to students for use during this course.

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Advanced Photography

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 5/23/2016 - 5/27/2016
9/26/2016 - 9/30/2016
Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 hours
Description:

In this advanced course, students will be introduced to complex photography skills including nighttime photography, laser trajectory documentation in daylight and darkness, UV / IR photography, alternate light source, macro-photography of trace evidence, oblique lighting skills, painting with light, and multiple off-camera flash use.

Each student is encouraged to bring their own camera and equipment kit to use. Nikon D80 and Canon 20D camera kits will be available to students who may need them for the duration of the course.

**Basic photography skills via Introduction to Crime Scene Investigations or Crime Scene Photography is a required prerequisite for this class.

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Crime Scene Photography

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 5/9/2016 - 5/13/2016

9/12/2016 - 9/16/2016

Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 hours
Description:

Photography is the single most important element of any crime scene investigation. In this course, students will be introduced to the components of a digital, single lens reflex camera and its basic operations. Students will learn how to format an image, terminology, lighting techniques and filter use, alternate light source applications, how to use the flash, low light conditions, and timed exposures. 4 hours will be spent on nighttime photography, requiring students to adjust their hours accordingly. Photographic techniques will be practiced in mock crime scene scenarios located indoors, outdoors, in vehicles, and at night.

Each student will be issued a Nikon D80 or Canon 20D digital camera kit to use for the duration of the class. This unique benefit will give students the opportunity to practice photographic skills during off-campus hours and to document their visit to Florida on a take-home flash drive!

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Bloodstain Patterns on Fabrics & Clothing

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 6/28/2016 - 6/30/2016

10/3/2016 - 10/5/2016

Time: -
Amount: $375.00
Duration: 24 hours
Description:

In this crime scene investigation course, students will learn how to properly discover, document, analyze, and interpret bloodstains on clothing and other fabrics. This course utilizes short, pointed lectures and numerous laboratory exercises designed to give students hands-on experience with bloodstain patterns.

This CSI Academy course is centered on the following subjects:

  • Photography and documentation of clothing, both in situations and on persons
  • Differences between man-made and natural fabrics and their interaction with blood
  • Macro photography of minute stains
  • Differentiation between stain patterns and the possible mechanical causation
  • Packaging and handling of bloodstained clothing
  • Interpretation of stains and cognitive/confirmation bias will be discussed
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Human Remains Recovery Course

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 7/11/2016 - 7/15/2016

11/14/2016 - 11/18/2016

Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 hours
Description:

Students will participate in lectures that cover the basic methods for estimating the post-mortem interval, basic human osteology, and the role of the forensic anthropologist in medico-legal death investigations. Students will learn how to identify, record, and recover human remains that have been scattered on the surface and buried. Two days are dedicated to lecture and hands-on laboratories in the classroom with the remaining 3 days dedicated to recovery methods in the field.

Topics covered include:

  • Medical examiner history and law
  • Search techniques, probing, metal detection
  • Identification of human remains
  • Human vs. non-human
  • Mapping, sketching, triangulation, and electronic measurement techniques
  • Missing and unidentified persons cases
  • Mass fatality incidents

Students will gain hands-on experience in approaching the outdoor crime scene that includes suspected human remains. Then the class will take a step back to review recovery efforts and student decisions, which will then be followed up by a Q&A session.

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Firearm Technology and Specialist Training

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 7/6/2016 - 7/8/2016
Time: - 4:30pm
Amount: $400.00
Duration: 24 hours
Description:

The goal of the training is to make you, the firearm professional, a competent Firearm Specialist, and put you on a pathway to becoming a subject-matter expert. Post-seminar testing is available, which makes the attendee a Certified Firearm Specialist, upon passing.

Attendees will be able to encounter a varied collection of firearms and ammunition, and be able to safely clear, accurately identify and classify, and competently categorize any firearm or ammunition, even the oldest obscure foreign military examples, and do so within ATF guidelines. You will be confident in making determinations as to GCA and NFA status, and avoid overlooking violations and items which are illegal contraband. The issues of misidentification, unfamiliarity with obscure facets of the firearm field, and unsafe practices will be solved, avoiding the misinformation and lack of information which plagues law enforcement and the industry.

The course is designed to enable firearm professional to immediately interpret what he or she sees, and to apply their knowledge in making an accurate determination as to an item’s origin, status under the law, and method of mechanical operation. All areas of the field of firearms and ammunition will be examined and discussed thoroughly, and Federal law and ATF rulings will be cited to prove all points taught.

The latest firearm technology trends within the industry, as well as criminal-trends in firearms will be explained. These will help the professional become acquainted with technical concepts not familiar to the beginner, and which will help the gun professional become acquainted with concepts such as clandestine silencers and full-auto conversions, Curios and Relics, home-built firearms, ATF Tracing, etc... There is an emphasis on understanding ammunition, the accurate identification of guns and ammunition, and the ability to competently explain methods of operation.

Audience: This course is intended for all law enforcement personnel, licensed firearm dealers and manufacturers, Attorneys, military and security personnel.

Methods: The course is a 3-day session. The expert Instructor makes liberal use of photographs. Hand-on examination of real firearms is also employed, as well as a question and answer session with a former ATF National Academy firearm-staff member. Numerous handouts are used as instructional aids, and attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. This training is also approved by the IAI, ABMDI, NMLEA, NSSF, Sonoran Desert Institute and Brighton College.

Day One:

  • Firearm Safety and Clearing (rules of safe handling, clearing procedures, safety precautions, active and passive safety devices, test-firing cautions, jammed firearms)
  • Firearm Classification (5 categories of Gun Control Act firearms, definitions of “firearm” and “antique” [non-gun], forearm-braces, vertical fore-grips, 80% receiver blanks, dummy guns, home-made guns)
  • Markings (manufacturer, importer, proof, obliterated serials, double serials, double importers, trademarks, ATF variances, hidden serials, Nazi codes, catalog guns, foreign military gun-ID, ATF Tracing)
  • Nomenclature (ID of parts necessary for safety and/or location of markings)

Day Two:

  • Ammunition (components, ID, technology, interstate nexus, chamber pressure, headspace, SAAMI)
  • Cycle of Operation (the function of each step of mechanical operation) ? Mechanical Types of Operation (breech and muzzle-loaders, self and manually-loaded firearms, action types, open and closed-bolt, semi and full-auto)
  • Curios and Relics (collector status granted by ATF, C&Rs vs. antiques)
  • Machineguns (eleven most common clandestine conversions, field testing, bump-firing, Gatling guns, DEWATS, re-welds, methods of destruction)


Day Three:

  • Silencers (recognition, soda-bottle and oil-filter adapters, solvent traps, fakes)
  • NFA Rifles/Shotguns (short barreled, weapons made from rifle/shotgun, shoulder-stocked handguns, sub-caliber inserts)
  • Any Other Weapon [AOW] (disguised firearms, smooth-bore handguns, handguns w/vertical fore-grip, Marble Game-getters)
  • Destructive Devices (bombs, mines, grenades, bores over .50 caliber, Street-sweeper, USAS-12, Molotov cocktails, IEDs, exceptions)
  • Court Testimony (15 points on preparation, writing a Curriculum Vitae, and the pitfalls of testimony)

Additional testing is available for accreditation after the seminar as a Certified Firearm Specialist . Cost for the series of 14 online tests for CFS certification is an additional $100.

To register for this course contact IFSA at (813) 422-4674, or email us at Info@GunLearn.com. To learn more about IFSA/GunLearn, go to www.GunLearn.com.

Attendees are cautioned that the course includes the handling of firearms, and as a result, no live ammunition is allowed in the classroom. Prior arrangements should be made for safe storage of duty weapons and ammunition. Due to the inherent handling of firearms in the class, attendance is restricted to those who are not prohibited from possession of a firearm or ammunition under Title 18 U.S. Code, 922 (g).

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Forensic Death Investigation

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: 8/29/2016 - 9/2/2016
Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 Hours
Description:

Education in the realm of Death Investigations is critical for any law enforcement officer, medicolegal death investigator, detective and crime scene investigator in order to understand the cause and manner of death, the complex process of death, wound analysis and working with the Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office. In this course, students will receive detailed information regarding death investigations to include:

  • Detailed Examination and Assessment of the Body at the Scene
  • Natural Diseases and Death
  • Identification Processes
  • Gunshot Wounds
  • Sharp Force Trauma
  • Blunt Force Trauma
  • Thermal Injuries
  • Child Abuse
  • Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Autopsy Procedures

** This course is limited to students currently employed with a law enforcement agency or Medical Examiner's Office only. **

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Shooting Scene Investigation

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: Coming Soon -
Time: -
Amount: $625.00
Duration: 40 hours
Description:

In our new Shooting Scene Investigation course, students will earn 40 credit hours over 5 days. This course will introduce students to the techniques required to properly document evidence at crime scenes involving firearms.

What You Will Learn

Ballistics refers to the analysis of three components inherent in a shooting incident: internal, external, and terminal ballistics. Students will gain a basic understanding of the mechanical action of a firearm, bullet flight and target impact associations. Terminology associated with shooting incidents will be introduced and participants will perform laboratory exercises to determine angle of penetration, shot sequencing, muzzle-to-target distance estimation, and gunshot residue testing procedures.

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Latent Print Processing

Location Alachua, FL
Dates: TBA -
TBA
Time: -
Amount: $0.00
Duration:
Description:

In this introductory course, students will spend the majority of their time completing hands-on exercises designed to challenge their skills in latent print identification, documentation, and recovery techniques. Exercises involving powder techniques, chemical processing, protein stains, 'superglue' techniques, alternate light source use, and preservation methods will be completed as well as an introduction to courtroom testimony procedures.

Topics covered include:

  • Biology and formation of friction ridge evidence
  • Mechanical processes using powders and sticky-side tape agents
  • Chemical processes using ninhydrin, small particle reagent, amido black, superglue
  • Mikrosil and AccuTrans casting techniques
  • Alternate light source applications and enhancement techniques
  • Documentation and photography techniques
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