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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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Blood, Bullets & More:
Investigating Violent Crime Scenes
Hosted by the Temple Police Department
August 1st - 3rd, 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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Special Topics in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis:
Documenting, Reporting, & Presenting
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
October 16th - 20th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This 40-hour course was designed upon request from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Its primary goal is to make the experienced crime scene investigator comfortable and proficient with discussing and presenting Bloodstain Pattern Analysis theory and evidence as it relates to the scene investigation. The students will learn which elements comprise the best photographs possible and apply it to scene analysis, and then incorporate them into a Bloodstain Pattern Analysis report, knowing full well the findings could be discussed in court. The students will also create and construct demonstrative aids to assist in providing testimonial evidence before the court. PREREQUISITE - Students must have completed a 40-hour Bloodstain Pattern Analysis class.

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Crime Scene Reconstruction
Hosted by the Mesquite Police Department
September 26th - 28th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

Join us for this dynamic 3-day training seminar/practicum on crime scene reconstruction. Through the use of case studies and the student workbook, the student will become familiar with the basic principles of logic, logical fallacies and event analysis. They will learn those situations where a reconstruction is indicated and how to organize the case materials for a reconstruction effort. Students will have the opportunity, through case files in their workbooks, to complete a series of guided exercises. These exercises utilize the principles learned during lecture and their application as a skill set to incrementally more challenging reconstructions problems.

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Investigative Statement Analysis:
“The Truth is in the Lies”
Hosted by Richardson Police Department
October 23rd - 25th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This course is the structured examination of a person’s verbatim words for indicators of truthfulness and deception. It is an investigative tool which helps determine a subject’s indicators of deception. Just as in an interview setting, we have “tells” that give us away in writing. Wouldn’t you like to be able to read a written statement or listen to a 911 call and quickly identify whether the person making the statement was being truthful? That’s what ISA will teach you. It gives you tools to prioritize your cases and increase your clearances. This program is used by the FBI and many other law enforcement agencies with great success. It has been refined over decades of development and thousands of statements.

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Cold Case Investigations:
Pursuing Delayed Justice
Hosted by the Southlake Police Department
December 12th - 13th, 2017, 8AM — 5PM

This two-day seminar is designed to provide investigators with a comprehensive overview of cold case homicide investigations. The instructor will fully explain and evaluate methodology and established protocols for conducting cold case investigations. The instructor will use case studies to highlight lessons learned and best investigative practices. Upon completion of the seminar, investigators will be equipped with the necessary tools to successfully conduct previously unresolved murder investigations. Each student will receive a copy of the book “Delayed Justice – Inside Stories from America’s Best Cold Case Investigators” (2011) by Mary Bransom.

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Hosted by Southlake Police Department
August 21st - 25th, 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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