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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.

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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.

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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.

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Death Scene Investigation:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
Hosted by the Southlake Police Department
May 2nd - 3rd, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

Join us for this dynamic 2-day training seminar on death scene investigations. Through the use of case studies and the best selling “Death Scene Investigation Procedural Guide” the author will take you through the protocols, procedures, and processes that are used in death scenes today. Perfect for the new detective, death investigator, crime scene investigator or supervisor. A very effective refresher and introduction to new techniques for the experienced investigator. Seminar tuition includes a copy of “Death Scene Investigation Procedural Guide” (CRC Press).

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Digital Police Photography:
Fundamentals to Forensics
Hosted by Live Oak Police Department
June 13th - 15th, 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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P.R.I.M.E. T.I.M.E.
Interviews & Interrogations
Hosted by Live Oak Police Department
July 25th - 27th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This class provides an in-depth look at the P.R.I.M.E. T.I.M.E. interview techniques utilized when questioning witnesses and suspects. Attendees will participate in an interactive training with current confession clips and class exercises that will provide useful tools and build confidence needed in the interview room. The Houston Police Department has instituted this school as mandatory training for all new detectives. The instructor has been featured on 20/20 and has travelled the United States training officers in this approach. The investigator or detective who is not proficient in this skill is as handicapped as a surgeon who cannot use a scalpel. The professional interrogator requires a substantial amount of knowledge to develop his\her art, an appreciation of the human condition, and the society in which we live, an in-depth awareness of the psychology of human behavior, a mastery of criminal investigation procedures and principles; an understanding of the criminal statutes, and expertise in the operation of the jurisprudence system. PRIME TIME will have you ready.

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Examining Documents Requiring a Multi-Faceted Approach
by D/Sgt. Todd Welch (Michigan State Police).

This workshop and following in the footsteps of longtime presenter of this workshop, Brian Lindblom, will focus on disputed documents that by their nature or components are complex and require a combination of examination techniques. The evidence derived from microscopic, infra-red, indentation and other testing will be considered in the context of questions raised about a document’s integrity and authenticity. There will be a lecture format followed by hands-on analysis of various single and multi-page documents; working within groups. Equipment will be available for use by the participants. An open discussion of the results will conclude the session (check www.mafs.net to confirm date).

Covert Communications and Concealment Techniques
by Mr. Peter Belcastro (FBI) & Mr. Gregg Mocrzycki (FBI).

This presentation will discuss various types/methods of concealed communications and the role they play in criminal and intelligence investigations. Focus will be placed on the detection, development, preservation, and demonstration of various types of covert communications that have been encountered in actual questioned document case scenarios. Equipment, chemicals, and other tools utilized during the examination of such cases will be discussed as well as various "offensive forensic techniques" that can be utilized in these types of investigations. Particular attention will be paid to techniques utilized by prisoners to communicate and transmit information secretly; including ways prisoners create and utilize concealments. Hands on exercises will be conducted concerning the creation of various types of concealment tradecraft and the detection of these items (check www.mafs.net to confirm date) .

The Forensic Examination of Original and Copied Signatures
by Dr. Linton Mohammed.

The examination of signatures comprises much of the caseload of most Forensic Document Examiners. Quite often, the FDE is tasked with comparing signatures that are copies of varying quality. These copies are generally pdf files, fax copies, or photocopies. This workshop will look at what is lost in the various copying processes with different resolutions in comparison with the original signatures. The strength of opinions in cases involving copies will be discussed. Attendees will examine both original and copied versions of signatures, and discuss their observations in groups or individually (check www.mafs.net to confirm date).

Forensic Science Research: How to Make Your Proposals Competitive
by Mr. Gerry LaPorte (National Institute of Justice).

Scientific research is often characterized as basic or applied. Basic research is defined as a systematic study directed toward fuller knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind; applied research is defined as a systematic study to gain knowledge or understanding necessary to determine the means by which a recognized and specific need may be met. As well, “Development” is often associated with research, but is not commonly recognized as a separate function, which is the application of knowledge or understanding, directed toward the production of useful materials, devices, and systems or methods, including design, development, and improvement of prototypes and new processes to meet specific requirements. Undoubtedly, rigorous research and development is the cornerstone of accurate, reliable, and valid methods used in forensic science laboratories. However, gaps can exist when research involving forensic science - an application of various sciences to address matters of law - does not include a rigorous research design or consideration of practical limitations and applicability.

Practical casework in the forensic sciences varies from structured research in a controlled environment, but the need to understand limitations with respect to interpreting data from any forensic analysis is critically important to ensure forensic scientists are communicating their findings and conclusions unambiguously. This can be a challenge when proposing research and applying for grant funding. This workshop is intended to be interactive to share ideas about creating research partnerships, strengthening a research grant application, involving student researchers, and considering research and development that can be integrated into an operational laboratory without a significant disruption to casework (check www.mafs.net to confirm date).

Deciphering Complex Impressions with Adobe Photoshop
by D/Lt. Mark Goff (Michigan State Police).

This workshop expands on previous methods of tracking sourced impressions and imaging techniques to easily track and account for impressions recovered in documents using Adobe Photoshop imaging techniques. The presenter will demonstrate how creating layer masks of available writing can be used to account for impressions from multiple documents, remove embossed writing, show their orientation when created, and reveal unsourced impressions in complex documents. This workshop is paced to maximize the amount of time spent working with hands on examples to ensure these techniques can be used when the attendee returns to their work site. Graphic step-by-step walkthrough instructions will be provided for future reference (check www.mafs.net to confirm date).

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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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.

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