California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
This POST-approved course will be directed to the forensic investigator responding to complex crime scenes that expand to multiple jurisdictions or involve multiple (high count) fatalities. In addition, the class in advanced reconstruction and major scene logistics focuses on techniques relevant to the investigation of the serial criminal and long-duration investigations involving the “at-large and unknown perpetrator,” often the seed of what becomes an unsolved homicide. The course helps students develop practical skills to effectively process extraordinary scenes and to support the reconstruction of the perpetrator(s)’ activities. Students will participate in a mock scene investigation involving multiple or mass deaths occurring at multiple locations.
This course involves classroom time and outdoor processing of crime scenes. Rain or shine, a complex major scene with multiple body count will be processed. Be prepared for the weather.
Students should come to class prepared to discuss the specific human and material resources within their jurisdiction that are available to support a crime-scene response requiring several days of on-site processing. Examples of such events include areas of high-count homicides in densely populated public areas or linked events involving multiple investigating agencies and/or recovery of illicitly buried bodies.
Students should bring a basic crime scene kit including: measuring devices (at least a 20-foot tape and/or 100-foot tape), scene-sketching materials, field-use fingerprint materials (brush, powder, lift tape and cards), packaging materials and note-taking materials and camera with flash.
$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.
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.