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Basic Fingerprint Identification
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Irving Police Department
January 29th - February 2nd, 2018

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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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis:
Basic Level
Hosted by Grand Prairie Police Department
February 12th - 16th, 2018

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 Norman Police Department
February 21st - 23rd, 2018

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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Palm Print Recognition & Identification
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Irving Police Department
February 26th - 28th, 2018

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 Irving Police Department
May 7th - 11th, 2018

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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Digital Police Photography:
Fundamentals to Forensics
Hosted by Southlake Police Department
March 20th - 22nd, 2018

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 26th - 30th, 2018

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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Basic Criminal Investigation:
Case Assignment to Courtroom
Hosted by Frisco Police Department
April 9th - 13th, 2018

The “Basic Criminal Investigation: Case Assignment 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 criminal investigator’s role in the identification, collection and preservation of physical evidence.

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P.R.I.M.E. T.I.M.E.
Interviews & Interrogations
Hosted by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office
April 18th - 20th, 2018

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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Sexual Assault Investigation:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
Hosted by Travis County Sheriff’s Office
May 29th - 31st, 2018

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.

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