• Subscribe to the AG's RSS Feed
  • Join the AG's FaceBook
  • Follow the AG on Twitter
  • View the AG's YouTube Channel
  • View the AG's Tumblr Page

A - Professional Communication and Conduct Program

Forensic Statistics

Class Code: 
A401

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
Class is four (4) days of lectures and hands-on exercises with the open-source R/RStudio software and custom software written in R by Dr. Petraco for the course. Course is intended for all forensic disciplines and will include: An introduction common statistical terminology; conducting or evaluating a statistical study; sampling strategies; histograms and the meaning of probability densities/distributions; common ways to summarize data; common summaries of variation, and “Frequentist” vs. “Bayesian” philosophies of probability.
Instructor: 
Dr. Nicholas Petraco
Objectives: 
The purpose of this hands-on course is to acquaint forensic practitioners with statistical methods that are applicable to evidence they encounter, as well as issues and pitfalls to be aware of when applying these methods. The focus of the course will be on statistical methods used to analyze data derived from forensic disciplines other than DNA; e.g., firearms and impression evidence, trace evidence, controlled substances, and toxicology.
Preparation: 
Forensic scientists not familiar with statistical methods of data analysis will be at a severe disadvantage.
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $480.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Ethics in Forensic Science

Class Code: 
A130

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Los Angeles
Class Description: 
This one-day (eight-hour) course focuses on the practical application of forensic science ethics codes to ethical dilemmas encountered in forensic science and offers instruction in the background of ethics codes. The course is not intended to teach individuals to be honest or good, and it is not a forum for an instructor to impose his or her personal views of what constitutes ethical conduct. Instead, the class provides tools to readily access the content of roughly two dozen forensic science ethics codes from around the world and gives individuals the opportunity to apply that content to realistic scenarioes and discuss their results with the class. Lecture materials offer insight into the role of morals, motivations for unethical conduct, the various types of codes, their history, their features and purpose, their differences and similarities, and their enforcement policies. Issues surrounding filing an ethics complaint or being the subject of an ethics allegation are discussed. The target audience is individuals who work with evidence in traditional crime laboratory disciplines or who teach in a forensics science program (for example: criminalists, latent print examiners, questioned document examiners, evidence technicians, and forensic science educators). Class size is limited to fifteen students.
Instructor: 
Carolyn Gannett
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, class discussions, and small-group practical exercises.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to become familiar with the content of ethics codes from several forensic science professional associations, and to complete practical exercises in applying that knowledge to realistic ethical dilemmas.
Preparation: 
Prior to class, students must submit a short scenario (about one paragraph) describing an ethical dilemma in forensic science. The submitter shall redact any identifying information. The instructor will not link student names to those submissions that are used in class.
Materials Fee: 
$25.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-CA DOJ students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST-supported or State of California based law enforcement agencies. A $120.00 tuition fee will be required for all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.

Course Contact:

More Information: 

Technical Writing for Firearm and Toolmark Examiners

Class Code: 
A121

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
A three-day (24-hour) course teaching clarity in technical writing with emphases on organization, sentence structure, grammar, word usage, and punctuation. Each class is limited to 12 students. This course is POST reimbursable, Plan IV.
Instructor: 
Ann Neumann, MA, JD
Teaching Methods: 
A blend of lecture, class discussion, and individual and group work (24 hours); homework assignment for instructor to read and respond to with individual comments for correction and revision.
Objectives: 
Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals by Robert A. Day, Oryx Press, 1996. A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker, Bedford, St. Martin's.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading materials may be assigned and student will be expected to provide exemplar reports.
Materials Fee: 
$75.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Technical Writing for the Criminalist

Class Code: 
A120

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
A three-day (24-hour) course teaching clarity in technical writing with emphases on organization, sentence structure, grammar, word usage, and punctuation. Each class is limited to 12 students. POST has suspended reimbursement for Plan IV until July 1, 2015.
Instructor: 
Ann Neumann, MA, JD
Teaching Methods: 
A blend of lecture, class discussion, and individual and group work (24 hours); homework assignment for instructor to read and respond to with individual comments for correction and revision.
Objectives: 
Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals by Robert A. Day, Oryx Press, 1996. A Writer's Reference by Diana Hacker, Bedford, St. Martin's.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading materials may be assigned and student will be expected to provide exemplar reports.
Materials Fee: 
$75.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $360.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Presentation of DNA Evidence in Court

Class Code: 
A109

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory / CCI Richmond
Class Description: 
This 2-day (16-hour) course is intended for criminalists with prior training and qualifications in forensic DNA analysis, such as casework, missing persons, or data bank programs, who are or may be called to testify in court. The first day will have detailed presentations on the courtroom process followed by presentations on courtroom style and strategies. The second day will be dedicated to moot court exercises. Students will be asked to bring examples of their work that will be used to make direct and cross examinations relevant to their current analytical work. Each class is limited to 12 students.
Instructor: 
Michael Chamberlain, California Department of Justice
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures on Day 1. During Day 2, moot court for each student, consisting of a 15-20 minute moot court, followed by feedback and follow-up moot court. Students will be required to provide an updated CV and a laboratory report for training purposes.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in providing testimony in a moot court setting.
Prerequisites: 
At least six months experience as a forensic or law enforcement specialist who might be called as a witness for the court.
Preparation: 
Pre-course reading materials.
Materials Fee: 
$50.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to California public crime laboratory personnel. A $240.00 tuition fee is required for all other public agencies, private sector, or out of state applicants.

Course Contact:

Forensic Science Overview

Class Code: 
A108

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Sacramento
Class Description: 
Forensic Science Overview is a five-day (38-hour) course designed to give criminalists with a moderate amount of experience a methodical approach to the more complex cases to which they are likely to be assigned. Students will learn practical tools to triage the complex investigation and to develop a tactical (analytical) approach to the evidence. Limited to 20 students per class. Not yet POST certified.
Instructor: 
Joseph Rynearson, California Department of Justice
Teaching Methods: 
Lecture, Guest case presentations, in-class practical exercises and discussions.
Objectives: 
Attendees are exposed to the broad spectrum of forensic disciplines, specific analytical procedures, and ultimately their function and interactions within an active investigation. Students will discuss, review, and evaluate major complex investigations presented by the instructor and guest lecturers. Students will learn to recognize the evidence most critical to the investigative process and to interpret the significance of physical evidence analyzed within a variety of forensic disciplines. Students will apply knowledge gained in lectures and discussions to exercise assignments that require them to triage cases.
Prerequisites: 
Criminalists with a moderate amount of experience who are likely to be assigned the more complex cases
Materials Fee: 
$35.00 Materials fee will be charged to all non-BFS students. This charge is due at the beginning of the class. Make check(s) payable to the California Department of Justice.
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

Presentation of Courtroom Evidence

Class Code: 
A103

Subject Area:

Class Location: 
California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
Class Description: 
This two-day (16-hour) course focuses not so much on technical issues, but rather on communication methods employed by expert witnesses form effective testimony. The two-day workshop uses video taping and solid constructive critiquing. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn and practice the key elements to improve their overall testifying skills and become more confident. Witness effectiveness is increased by enhancing positive skills and modifying subconscious behaviors that interfere with the goal of successful public speaking. This is intended for criminalists, toxicologists, latent print and questioned document examiners, investigators, crime scene and identification technicians, and law enforcement specialists called to testify in court (applies for all levels of experience).
Instructor: 
TBA
Teaching Methods: 
Classroom lectures, student presentations and viewing of recorded testimony from criminal trial.
Objectives: 
Students will be required to present their qualifications, give presentations and provide testimony on an actual case that either they or a colleague has worked
Prerequisites: 
While previous court testimony experience is useful , attendees need not have any prior court appearances.
Preparation: 
Before the start of the class, the students will provide a sample report to be used in the testimony portion of the class. Also, students will wear appropriate court attire to class.
Materials Fee: 
$0
Tuition: 
No cost to POST supported or State of California based Law Enforcement agencies. A $240.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.

Course Contact:

More Information: 

Megan's Law

California Registered Sex Offender Database

Search Now

Megan's Law information is also available in these languages:

Site Navigation

Translate Website

  • Google™ Translation Disclaimer

This Google™ translation feature is provided for informational purposes only.

The Office of the Attorney General is unable to guarantee the accuracy of this translation and is therefore not liable for any inaccurate information resulting from the translation application tool.

Please consult with a translator for accuracy if you are relying on the translation or are using this site for official business.

If you have any questions please contact:Bilingual Services Program at (916) 324-5482

A copy of this disclaimer can also be found on our Disclaimer page.

Select a Language Below / Seleccione el Idioma Abajo

Close this box or use the [ X ]