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40 HOUR CLASSES

  • Title- Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Instructor- Marc Trahan
  • Description- This scenario based course will give students a foundation in the principles and practices of crime scene investigations. By using hand-on techniques, this class is the groundwork for beginning investigators to understand the techniques required for working basic crime scenes.
  • Objectives- Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
    • Learn how to properly approach, document, and analyze a crime scene
    • Use techniques to recover latent fingerprints off of multiple surfaces
    • Identify trace evidence, shoe prints and tire tracks and be able to cast molds for verification
    • Recognize basic bloodstain patterns and photograph evidence for court
    • Speak affirmatively in court about their evidence and know how to present it to a jury
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class. Please bring any equipment your agency is used to working with (i.e. cameras, tripods, etc.).
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  • Title- Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • Instructor- Marc Trahan
  • Description- This advanced course builds on the introductory class by going in depth on complicated crime scene procedures. This class is meant to test your skills and bring new techniques forward to prepare you to investigate your own crime scenes.
  • Objectives- Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
    • Demonstrate that they know how to search, collect, manage and submit evidence in accordance with Florida State Statues
    • Describe the process for recording, preserving and recovering forensic evidence at different complex crime scenes
    • Showcase a knowledge of different chemical products and light sources to use at crime scenes
    • Identify past and present technological advances to better investigate crime scenes
    • Accurately speak in a court setting and use the correct terminology to describe evidence to a jury
  • Special considerations:
    • The 40-hour Introduction to Crime Scene Class is a prerequisite for this course.
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class. Please bring any equipment your agency is used to working with (i.e. cameras, tripods, etc.).
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  • Title- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Instructor- Kim Long, M.S.
  • Description- This course will teach students the uses and limitations of bloodstain patterns as they relate to violent crime analysis. Lessons include comprehensive laboratory exercises in our dedicated blood spatter rooms and a workbook with relevant questions related to their findings.
  • Objectives- Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
    • Describe presumptive testing techniques for blood spatter
    • Test falling distances, surface textures, and drop volume with real blood
    • Use stain measurements and impact stains to locate the position where the blood originated
    • Identify blood in motion, swipes, wipes, transfers, and drip trails
    • Document, collect and package blood evidence
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class. Please bring any equipment your agency is used to working with (i.e. cameras, tripods, etc.).
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  • Title – Advanced Blood Stain Analysis
  • Instructor – Kim Long, M.S.
  • Description – This advanced course will allow students to expand their knowledge and skills concerning blood stain analysis. In accordance with the International Association of Blood Stain Analysts, students will learn to recognize, document, analyze, and collect stains related to clothing and more complicated substrates.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Categorize blood stains into their proper domains
    • Identify blood stain analysis concerning different conflicts
    • Recognize multiple impact, victim, and suspect events
    • Utilize their skills in document preparation and courtroom testimony procedures
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class. Please bring any equipment your agency is used to working with (i.e. cameras, tripods, etc.).
    • The 40-hour Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Class is a prerequisite for this course.

  • Title – Crime Scene Photography
  • Instructor – Marc Trahan
  • Description – This course introduces students to the components of cameras and the science of crime scene photography. Students will learn about and practice photographic techniques involving mock crime scenes of different settings, both indoor/outdoor and in lightness/darkness.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Know the basic operations of a digital, single lens reflex camera
    • Understand photography terminology and how to use lighting techniques, flash, and filters
    • Apply alternate light sources and timed exposures
    • Photograph in low light and difficult settings
  • Special considerations:
    • 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.
    • Four hours will be spent on nighttime photography
    • Time of class is subject to change due to nighttime photography
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  • Title – Advanced Photography
  • Instructor – Marc Trahan
  • Description – This course serves as an in-depth study of crime scene photography and its components. Students will practice more advanced and complex photography techniques in mock crime scene settings.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Document laser trajectory in the daytime and in darkness
    • Use alternate light sources and be able to paint with light
    • Perform UV/IR photography
    • Conduct macro-photography of trace evidence
    • Expand on lighting skills and multiple off-camera flashes
  • Special considerations:
    • Each student is encouraged to bring their own camera and equipment kit to use, but a Nikon D80 and Canon 20D camera kit will be available to students who may need them for the duration of the class
    • Basic photography skills via Introduction to Crime Scene Investigations or Crime Scene Photography is required as a prerequisite for this class

  • Title – Human Remains Recovery
  • Instructor – Dr. Lerah Sutton
  • Description – This course will describe methods of human remains recovery in outdoor environments including scattered surface skeletal and buried remains. Methods of searching, mapping, measuring, and excavation will be discussed in addition to the utility of forensic taphonomy.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
    • Locate, map, and measure surface skeletal remains
    • Identify differences between recent and extended clandestine graves
    • Learn how to probe and core to identify margins of clandestine graves
    • Systematically map and excavate clandestine graves
    • Establish minimum number of individuals
  • Special considerations:
    • This is a labor intensive, hands-on, outdoor class. Be sure to wear appropriate working attire (t-shirts and long pants) and closed-toe shoes.
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  • Title – Bugs, Bones, and Botany
  • Instructors – Dr. Jason Byrd, Dr. Ann Ross, and Dr. David Hall
  • Description – This course, taught in partnership with the University of Florida, will allow each student to participate in the search, excavation, and recovery of entomological, botanical, and anthropological evidence from a staged “crime scene.” Mornings will be spent in topic specific lectures.  During afternoon practical sessions, the student will work one scene each day to recover evidence from surface scattered and burial scenes.  The workshop will conclude with a student group presentation summarizing the evidence college during the previous workshop days.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
    • Properly document and map skeletal scatter
    • Learn procedures for gravesite excavation
    • Recognize, collect, and preserve botanical evidence
    • Process a simulated death scene for entomological evidence
  • Special considerations:
    • This is a labor intensive, hands-on, outdoor class. Be sure to wear appropriate working attire (t-shirts and long pants) and closed-toe shoes.

  • Title – Animal Crime Scenes
  • Instructors – Dr. Jason Byrd and Dr. Pat Norris
  • Description – This course, taught in partnership with the University of Florida, will allow student participants will learn techniques for the detection and excavation of animal crime scenes involving surface deposition and burial.  Students will attend lectures covering methods for the detection and excavation of a gravesite, as well as mapping techniques for the exhumation of animal remains.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
    • Locate animal graves in a natural environment
    • Properly document, collect, and preserve physical evidence from scenes of animal cruelty, neglect, and death
    • Learn procedures for the excavation of animal burials
    • Become proficient in the general evidence collection and chain of custody requirements
  • Special considerations:
    • This is a labor intensive, hands-on, outdoor class. Be sure to wear appropriate working attire (t-shirts and long pants) and closed-toe shoes.

  • Title – Latent Print Processing
  • Instructor- Derek Schmidt
  • Description- This course serves as an introductory class for students looking to learn more about different types of fingerprints. Students will learn how to pull, compare, and document latent fingerprint patterns.
  • Objectives- Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Know the history of friction ridge comparison
    • Understand fingerprint pattern interpretation and classification
    • Utilize basic comparison techniques, latent print development and latent evaluation
    • Apply knowledge towards courtroom testimony basics.
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire and shoes as this is a hands on class.

  • Title – Shooting Incident Reconstruction
  • Instructor – TBD
  • Description – This course introduces students to a reconstruction of a shooting using gunshot residual techniques and collective analysis of shooting incidents at crime scenes. Students will learn about and practice the fundamentals of reconstructing a crime scene involving shooting incidents by learning in the classroom and completing practical exercises.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Recite common shooting reconstruction terminology in which can be used for courtroom testimonies
    • Identify external, internal, and terminal ballistics from different firearms
    • Determine the range of fire, behavior of a projectile on a variety of surfaces, and the correct measuring and documentation of bullet marks
    • Reconstruct the flight path and determine where the bullet started and ended
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class.
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  • Title – Fire, Arson, and Post Blast Investigations
  • Instructor – TBD
  • Description – This course is designed to teach investigators and
    officers how to process fire, arson, and explosives at crime scenes. These investigations are typically influenced by dynamics uncommon to general crimes and everyday investigations.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be
    able to:

    • Understand the process
      of search and seizure at fire scenes along with fire scene safety
    • Establish a safe environment as well as scene boundaries and security
    • Know how to properly document scenes and the laws governing fire/explosion investigations
    • Understand case preparations and trial concerns
  • Special considerations:
    • Students will need casual work clothes and a computer for case studies.
    • This course of instruction is designed to assist law enforcement, investigators, fire investigators, firefighters and prosecutors.

  • Title- Private investigations
  • Instructor- Mike Thompson
  • Description- This course serves as a comprehensive initiative into investigative matters. It will involve extensive discussion of Florida Statutes that govern the Private Investigator Intern License and will include study and instructional material to help attendees get a comprehensive grasp on investigative matters. In order to attain a PI License, one must complete this 40 hour course and get a recommendation from your mentor.
  • Objectives- Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Apply your knowledge to the private investigations.
    • Utilize your skills for future endeavors and put them towards getting a PI licence
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire and shoes as this is a hands on class.

  • Title – IAI Crime Scene Certification Prep Course
  • Instructor – TBD
  • Description – This course prepares students to pass crime scene certification level examinations and certifications for the IAI. It gives an overview of all of our classes and provides test preparation materials and simulations to help you pass the tests.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Understand courtroom testimonies and crime scene safety procedures
    • Document evidence through measurements, sketches and note taking techniques
    • Collect different types of evidence according to state laws including physical, biological, trace, and latent impressions
    • Perform proper evidence packing techniques
  • Special Considerations:
    • Please refer to the IAI website for current books to read, certification application, and specific requirements that will be referred to in the class.

3 DAY CLASSES

  • Title – Alternate Light Source Applications
  • Instructor – Marc Trahan
  • Description – This course is designed to introduce students to the use of visible light spectrum in order to enhance organic and inorganic substances that may otherwise be overlooked in criminal investigations. Students will learn how light affects biological fluids, causing absorption, fluorescence, luminescence, and contrast with the target surface.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Understand how the visible light spectrum works
    • Take precautions when using UV light
    • Know how the visible light spectrum can assist investigators in collection of evidence
    • Apply filter and photography techniques to assist in courtroom testimonies
    • Identify biological fluid location, enhancement and efficient recovery
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class.
    • Each student is encouraged to bring their own camera and equipment kit to use, but a Nikon D80 and Canon 20D camera kit will be available to students who may need them for the duration of the class
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  • Title – Animal Hoarding and Fighting Investigations
  • Instructor – The Human Society of the United States
  • Description –  Students will learn techniques for evidence handling and documentation of animal hoarding and fighting cases.  Simulated animal hoarding and fighting scenes will be staged and students must identify, photograph, and document scene and animal conditions.  Students will learn how to work with law enforcement officials for the prosecution of animal hoarding and fighting cases.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Learn how to work with law enforcement agencies during the investigation of animal hoarding and fighting cases
    • Properly process multiple scenes of animal hoarding and fighting for physical evidenc
    • Learn about the unique aspects of animal hoarding and fighting scene
    • Learn about environmental and live animal documentation
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class

  • Title – Mass Fatality Management
  • Instructor – Dr. Jason Byrd, Jason Wiersema, and Elias Kotanis
  • Description – Course participants will become aware of federal and state assets available for mass fatality incident response, how response plans differ for transportation, criminal, and natural disasters.  Protocols and policies for data management and victim identification will be discussed.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Learn about federal and state assets for mass fatality incident response
    • Become aware of NTSB/DMORT and other federal agreements for response
    • Discuss policies in data management
    • Gain awareness of victim identification programs and incident management softwar
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class

  • Title – Sexual Assault Investigations
  • Instructor – Jimmy Watson
  • Description – This course is designed for all investigators and first responders to enhance their skills of sexual assault crimes. Students will learn about the victim’s possible feelings of self-blame, offender identification, location, and interview/interrogation, which are key elements to an investigation. Students will also be educated on victim/offender relationships, statutory rape cases, substance-facilitated sexual assault, initial response, collection and packaging of various types of physical and biological evidence.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Understand techniques of interviewing the victim
    • Apply consent and search warrant protocols
    • Work with SANE/SARC personnel
    • Prepare for a trial
  • Special considerations:
    • Disclaimer: this class contains sensitive material that is not meant for all audiences.
    • This course of instruction is designed to assist law enforcement, investigators, fire investigators, firefighters and prosecutors. (For exceptions to these policies, contact our director of admissions)

  • Title – Firearm Technology and Specialist Training
  • Instructor – TBD
  • Description – This course will cover areas in the field of firearms, ammunition, latest firearm technology trends, as well as criminal-trends in firearms. Firearm professionals will learn to make an accurate determination as to an item’s origin, status under the law, and method of mechanical operation. There is an emphasis on understanding ammunition, the accurate identification of guns and ammunition, and the ability to competently explain methods of operation.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Safely clear and accurately identify firearms or ammunition
    • Make determinations as to GCA and NFA status
    • Learn how to avoid misidentification due to unfamiliarity of the firearm field
    • Avoid unsafe practices in firearm operations
    • Stay within ATF guidelines
  • Special considerations:
    • 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).
    • This course is intended for all law enforcement personnel, licensed firearm dealers and manufacturers, Attorneys, military, and security personnel. (For exceptions to these policies, contact our director of admissions)

2 DAY CLASSES

  • Title – Introduction to the Forensic Sciences
  • Instructors – Dr. Lerah Sutton
  • Description – This course will address the various disciplines within the forensic sciences. Specifically, this course will focus on the application of the medical and natural sciences to forensics.  The development of the medical examiner, coroner, and crime laboratory systems within the United States will be discussed as well as the scientific and non-scientific methods used to establish human identity, and the pathological conditions commonly found in forensic casework.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
    • Understand how various scientific disciplines can be applied to criminal and civil proceedings in a court of law
    • Differentiate legal and clinical requirements for certification of death
    • Understand methods for human identification
    • Explain how various disciplines in the forensic sciences work together to investigate and solve crimes

  • Title – Courtroom Testimony
  • Instructor – Robert Rush, P.A.
  • Description – This course will teach the basic rules for the introduction of crime scene evidence in a courtroom. 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.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Admit a piece of evidence and the required proof regarding chain of custody
    • Prepare themselves to answer prosecutorial direct examination
    • Defend his/her processes during defense cross-examination
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class.
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  • Title – Background Investigations
  • Instructor – Detective Sergeant Jimmy Watson
  • Description – This course will enable investigators to uncover more about an applicant’s past. Through a systematic approach to the investigation, students will become better prepared to spot important discrepancies.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Utilize analysis techniques and document criteria regarding background information
    • Understand federal requirements for background investigations
    • Deal with legal issues regarding background information
    • Understand and analyze background reports
    • Build a life history of a suspect
  • Special considerations:
    • This course of instruction is designed to assist law enforcement, investigators, fire investigators, and prosecutors. (For exceptions to these policies, contact our director of admissions)
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1 DAY CLASSES

  • Title – Forensic Entomology
  • Instructors – Dr. Jason Byrd and Dr. Lerah Sutton
  • Description – This course will cover a basic introduction to the science of forensic entomology and entomological techniques used in the laboratory.  Additionally, collection, preservation, and shipment of insects and arthropods to a qualified forensic entomologist will be covered.  A hands-on field component will also be included in which participants will conduct a proper entomological collection from a mock crime scene.  Proper collection equipment, educational literature, and insect collections will be available for examination by the participants.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
    • Recognize the pattern of insect driven decomposition
    • Understand insect response to trauma
    • Understand the colonization patterns of insects on human and animal remains
    • Understand the scope and applications of forensic entomology
  • Special considerations:
    • This is hands-on, outdoor class. Be sure to wear appropriate working attire (t-shirts and long pants) and closed toe shoes.

  • Title- Crime Scene Management for First Responders
  • Instructor- Marc Trahan
  • Description- This course is tailored to patrol officers, paramedics, fire-rescue personnel, and other first responders for learning proper crime scene management.
  • Objectives- Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Demonstrate proper scene security, response, protection and documentation
    • Know how this can affect an investigation
    • Know basic latent print techniques
    • Understand basic note taking and chain of custody procedures
  • Special considerations:
    • This course is designed for first responders only. All others should take Introduction to the Forensic Sciences or Introduction to CSI.

  • Title – Crime Scene Course for Attorneys
  • Instructor – Robert Rush, P.A.
  • Description – This course will delve into the general processes of the crime scene investigator and their role in the courtroom. This course is set up as a lecture with a didactic exchange and the application of all skills taught through scenario-based exercises. Students will also be introduced to the ethical, moral, and legal obligations and conduct of a crime scene investigator.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Work with impression evidence
    • Photograph evidence and scenes
    • Understand techniques involving photography
    • Take latent fingerprints
    • Preserve and package evidence (DNA and blood evidence)
  • Special considerations:
    • This course is designed for attorneys. (For exceptions to these policies, contact our director of admissions)
    • 7.0 General CLE Credits Awarded
    • Certification Credits
      • Criminal Appellate Law 7.0
      • Criminal Trial Law 7.0

  • Title – Latent Print Techniques
  • Instructor – Marc Trahan
  • Description – Students taking this course will learn the essentials of latent print discovery, processing, recovery, and documentation. 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.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Use powders, super glue, and sticky-side tape agents for latent fingerprinting
    • Locate and recover fingerprints through a basic tool kit
    • Understand the appropriate equipment for recovery
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class.

  • Title – Introduction to Forensic Photography
  • Instructor – Marc Trahan
  • 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. 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.
  • Objectives – Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Format photographs and the different operations on a camera
    • Use on-camera flash and alternative light sources
    • Photograph evidence in situ with and without numbered placards
    • Know how to photographically place evidence into a crime scene for courtroom presentation
  • Special considerations:
    • Please wear appropriate work attire with closed toes shoes as this is a hands-on class.

COURSE PRICES

  Student/Civilian Law Enforcement Partner Agencies
1 day $250+ $125+ $100+
2 day $500+ $250+ $200+
3 day $750+ $375+ $325+
40 hour $1250+ $625+ $500+

For questions about additional information on pricing and registration or to become a partner agency please contact our Director of Admissions at (386) 518-6300 or debbie@csiacademyflorida.com

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Many of our courses can be taught on-location at your agency or department.  We can also create and/or customize classes to meet your agency’s specific needs.  For more information or to set up an on-location training contact us by phone at (386) 518-6300 or via email at debbie@csiacademyflorida.com

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