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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

INVESTIGATION & RECONSTRUCTION OF SHOOTING INCIDENTS:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
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.

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

Aquatic & Equivocal Death Investigation Course
Hosted by The University of South Florida
October 10 - 12, 2017

The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences (IFAAS) and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office at USF is hosting a 3-day course on methods and best practices for investigating equivocal deaths, with special attention on water-related deaths and homicidal drownings. Numerous case studies will be presented throughout the course.

Visit http://www.forensics.usf.edu for more information.

Search Strategies for Clandestine Burials
Hosted by The University of South Florida
November 1 - 3, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology & Applied Sciences (IFAAS) and the Pasco Sheriff’s Office at USF is hosting a 3-day course (24 hours) to provide detectives and crime scene technicians with the skills necessary to locate human remains from surface scatter and clandestine burials. This course will provide classroom instruction and hands-on fieldwork; participants will search an area in the FIRST Outdoor Forensic Facility and learn how to effectively use ground-penetrating radar (GPR).

Visit http://www.forensics.usf.edu for more information.

SOLVING COLD CASE HOMICIDES
Hosted by The University of South Florida
December 4 - 8, 2017

It is estimated that there are more than 240,000 unsolved homicides in the United States since 1980! This course is intended to provide attendees with information that could assist in organizing, investigating, prosecuting, and bringing these cases to a successful resoluton. The seminar will bring together some of the nation’s leading experts in cold case investigation and prosecution. Topics will include how to form and sustain a cold case unit, behavior analysis of the crime scene, and how to conduct interviews in a cold case investigation using DNA and blood patterns, 3D visualization and historic imagery, and prosecution strategies in no-body cases. The Vidocq Society will review your case! As a special feature, members of the world-renowned Vidocq Society will be on hand to review and consult on some of your cold cases. NOTE: To arrange for your case to be reviewed, or for more details about the seminar, contact: Tom McAndrew at thmcandrew@gmail.com or 570-233-3212.

Visit http://www.forensics.usf.edu for more information.

Advanced Training For Cold Case Sex Assault
Hosted by The University of South Florida
December 4 - 7, 2017

This course is designed to provide attendees with the best practices and standards for developing cold case investigative strategies, including case management, cold case review, crime scene interpretation, case linkage, forensic evidence, CODIS hit follow up, interviewing strategies, proper case closure, and court preparation/prosecution. Attendees will participate in a cold case review/table top activity to practically apply the knowledge gained throughout the sessions. The training will also provide critical information on victim impact in and how to develop strategies to provide support for survivors. The Vidocq Society will review your case! As a special feature, members of the world-renowned Vidocq Society will be on hand to review and consult on some of your cold cases. NOTE: To arrange for your case to be reviewed, or for more details about the seminar, contact: Tom McAndrew at thmcandrew@gmail.com or 570-233-3212.

Visit http://www.forensics.usf.edu for more information.

Child Death Investigations:
A Team Approach
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
September 15th, 8AM — 5PM

This is a one-day comprehensive overview of the proper response to a child death scene. The investigator will gain the perspective of the Prosecutor, Medical Examiner and Child Protective Services. The team approach is a unique method utilized in the investigation of child injury and death. The investigator will learn what is required for prosecution of cases involving children as victims. The investigator will learn about cause of death findings in cases in sudden natural deaths including infectious diseases and inherited conditions. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome will be covered in depth, with emphasis on important interview questions, scene investigations, and autopsy findings. The information will be taught through visual presentation of cases, including scene findings, and autopsy findings.

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

Crime Scene Reconstruction
Hosted by the Mesquite Police Departments
September 26th - 28th, 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.

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

Latent Fingerprint Comparison: Intermediate Level
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
October 2nd - 6th, 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.

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

Basic Homicide Investigation:
Protocols & Procedures
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
October 13th, 8AM — 5PM

This is a one-day intensive death investigation course. Death investigations are complex and unique. No other type of criminal investigation is as demanding on an agency’s resources nor draws more public attention than death investigations. This course provides criminal justice professionals with the requisite basic knowledge required to successfully investigate a death investigation. The training focuses on proven techniques and procedures to manage, investigate, and successfully prosecute homicide cases. The course is designed for personnel with little or no experience investigating death cases and provides a step by step process for investigators to follow in order to bring the case to a successful conclusion.

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

Latent Fingerprint Comparison: Advanced Level
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Denton Police Department
November 13th to 17th, 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.

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

Sexual Assault Investigation:
FORENSIC PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
November 14th - 16th, 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.

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

Palm Print Recognition & Identification
Part of our Friction Ridge Evidence Series
Hosted by Denton Police Department
December 11th - 13th, 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.

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

Officer–Involved Shooting Investigations:
Protocols & Procedures
Hosted by Texas City Police Department
December 15th, 8AM — 5PM

The purpose of this course is to teach the procedures and investigative techniques that are necessary for conducting a thorough investigation into an officer involved shooting. This includes the criminal aspect of the investigation conducted by investigators, as well as the administrative investigation conducted by Internal Affairs investigators. These are two separate, but necessary investigations and each has its unique characteristics, requirements, and limitations. This course will provide instruction on how to begin an officer involved shooting call out by gathering information, making assignments, and notifications. It will provide instruction on how to conduct on-scene responsibilities and how to effectively cooperate with all investigative agencies, such as the District Attorney, Police Integrity Division and the Medical Examiner's Office. The course is designed to provide an understanding of both the criminal and internal aspects of an officer involved shooting.

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