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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.

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No classes are scheduled at this time.

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