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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.

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

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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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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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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Crime Scene Investigation:
Protocols, Procedures & Processes
Hosted by the Kemah Police Department
May 24th — 25th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

Join us for this dynamic 2-day training seminar on crime scene investigations. Through the use of case studies and the best selling “Crime Scene Investigation Procedural Guide”, the author will take you through the protocols, procedures, and processes that are used at crime scenes today. It gives those involved with the investigation, analysis and litigation of crimes the opportunity to see the relationship of evidence in context with an emphasis on determining investigative strategies and developing investigative leads. Seminar tuition includes a copy of “Crime Scene Investigation Procedural Guide” (CRC Press).

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Intelligence Resources & Research Methods:
Catching Crooks & Clearing Cases via Social Media
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
May 19th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

The goal of this course is to improve the capabilities of criminal investigators, patrol officers, intelligence analysts, prosecuting attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals who conduct investigations of any kind. The use of digital and social media internet research yields greater success in obtaining information on their subjects.

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Latent Fingerprint Comparison: Advanced Level
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
May 8th - 12th, 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.

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Blood, Bullets & More:
Investigating Violent Crime Scenes
Hosted by Live Oak Police Department
May 17th to 19th, 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.

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

Basic Criminal Investigation:
Crime Scene to Courtroom
Hosted by Live Oak Police Department
March 27th to 31st, 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.

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Basic Criminal Investigation:
Crime Scene to Courtroom
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
June 19th to 23rd, 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 Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
August 7th - 11th, 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.

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