California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
This one-week (40-hour) course presents the scientific principles relating to the analysis of blood, breath, and urine samples for alcohol content as well as the effects of alcohol on a person?s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. This course meets the requirements of Section 1216.1(e)(2) of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations to waive the two years experience necessary to qualify as a Forensic Alcohol Supervisor. The course will include the following subjects: (A) Value and purpose of forensic alcohol analysis, including breath alcohol; (B) Physiology of alcohol; (C) Pharmacology and toxicology of alcohol; (D) Laboratory methods of alcohol analysis; (E) Instruments and procedures for breath alcohol determination; (F) Practical laboratory demonstration of the student?s ability to perform alcohol analysis; (G) Interpretation of blood alcohol results; correlation of levels with observations of behavior and demeanor; and of levels with amount of ingested alcohol; (H) Court testimony; (I) Court decisions regarding chemical tests of alcohol; and (J) Requirements of Title 17.
Classroom lectures, audiovisual presentations, and demonstrations.
Students will be able to relate impairment with blood alcohol concentration, describe the metabolism and elimination of alcohol in humans, design and perform their own impairment studies, and be conversant with current California regulations controlling alcohol testing.
Forensic Alcohol Analyst.
Pre-course reading material and project.
No cost to California public crime laboratory personnel. A $600.00 tuition fee will be required of all other public agency, private sector, or out-of-state applicants.