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Basic Criminal Investigation: Crime Scene to Courtroom
Hosted by Southlake Police Department
February 6th - 10th, 2017, 8AM - 5PM

The “Basic Criminal Investigation: Crime Scene to Courtroom” program prepares the attendee for the transition from their current position to an investigative assignment such as Detective or Criminal Investigator. The BCI course prepares officers to manage a wide variety of common criminal investigations from the initial scene response to case preparation and presentation for prosecution. An emphasis is placed on the preparation of affidavits, preparation and execution of search and arrest warrants, interview and interrogation procedures, and the identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence.

Visit http://www.txfact.com to register.

Basic Fingerprint Identification: Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Denton Police Department
March 13th - 17th, 2017, 8AM - 5PM

This course is for criminal justice personnel, officers and laboratory technicians who
work with fingerprints and is designed for beginners. No experience is necessary. The
objective is to train the student in fingerprint pattern recognition and to compare and
identify fingerprints. Instruction on the history of fingerprints, basic physiology of friction
ridge formation, the taking of inked fingerprints, basic tools/ methodology used in
fingerprint comparison and basic courtroom testimony dealing with enhanced punishment
(pen packet testimony) is included. Note: This course does not include work with
latent prints.

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Digital Police Photography: Fundamentals to Forensics
Hosted by Southlake Police Department
February 15th - 17th, 2017, 8AM - 5PM

This is a hands-on course designed to teach the basic fundamentals, as well as forensic
applications, of digital photography at various types of scenes. The participant will be
taught how to use their department camera equipment, focusing on manual modes,
manual adjustments, digital SOP’s, flash operation and many other practical applications.
A variety of photographic assignments will be covered to challenge each student
and help prepare them for any situation they may encounter as a crime scene specialist,
crime scene investigator or forensic scientist involved in investigative photography.

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INVESTIGATION & RECONSTRUCTION OF SHOOTING INCIDENTS:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
Hosted by Dallas County Sheriff’s Office
March 13th to 17th, 2017, 8AM—5PM

This is a hands-on course designed to teach the forensic investigation and reconstruction of
shooting incidents. Live-fire demonstrations will be utilized to illustrate the physical characteristics
and dynamics of bullet impacts on metal, glass and other common substrates. Mock
crime scene assignments and exercises will be used to challenge each student and help prepare
them for any situation they may encounter as a crime scene specialist, criminal investigator,
death investigator, or forensic scientist involved in shooting scene investigations.

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Latent Fingerprint Comparison: Intermediate Level
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Denton Police Department
July 10th - 14th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This course provides an extensive practical application of Friction Ridge Comparisons using
both fingerprints and palm prints. Instruction also encompasses the scientific methodologies of
examinations on friction ridge impressions as well as the scientific basis for friction ridge identification
(individualization). Students will be trained in the presentation of expert testimony as
well as courtroom demeanor. The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court
presentations.
PREREQUISITES:
Each student must have completed Basic Fingerprint Identification prior to attendance.

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Palm Print Recognition & Identification: Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Dallas Police Department
May 3rd - 5th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This course is for criminal justice personnel, officers and laboratory technicians who work with
friction ridge evidence. A basic knowledge of fingerprint recognition and identification is required.
No previous experience working with palm prints is necessary. The objective is to train
the student in the recognition and identification of the friction ridge detail present on the
palms.
NOTE: The student must have completed a Basic Fingerprint Identification class prior to attending
this program.

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis:
Basic Level
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
April 24th - 28th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This is a 40-hour basic course of instruction in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. The course is designed for investigators, crime scene technicians, forensic scientists, and others involved in criminal, medical, or legal investigations crime scene analysis and reconstruction. This course takes a hands-on approach to understanding bloodstain patterns. Approximately 50% of the course consists of experiments and practical exercises. It provides basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis and the fundamentals of bloodstain pattern interpretation, documentation and reporting. This program has been evaluated by the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and meets or exceeds the minimum standards recommended by the IABPA for a Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Basic Course.

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Sexual Assault Investigation:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
Hosted by Southlake Police Department
March 7th - 9th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This program is taught from a practitioner’s point of view. It benefits the investigator or patrol officer assigned to investigate sexual assault cases from initial report to completion. Techniques to resolve these cases in a way that will give the best chance of successful prosecution for the guilty and to protect the rights of the innocently accused are stressed. A “holistic” approach to the resolution of adult and child sexual assault cases making use of stakeholders and using common sense tactics as resources to find the truth is taught. Tactics for resolving sex cases with delayed outcries through interview of victims/witnesses and interrogation of suspects will be demonstrated to the attendees.

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Blood, Bullets & More:
Investigating Violent Crime Scenes
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
February 22nd - 24th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

The program is taught from a hands-on point of view from investigators and forensic practitioners active in the field. The class is intended for law enforcement officers, crime scene investigators, evidence technicians and crime laboratory personnel involved in the investigation, identification, collection and preservation of evidence at violent crime scenes. The objective is to provide information needed to ensure critical pieces of evidence will be collected, fewer cases will be jeopardized by mishandled evidence and more cases will be solved through the proper use of these advanced investigative techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge with practical exercises.

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