Evidence Collection Accelerated Training Program

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Over the past 50 years, Sirchie has trained thousands of law enforcement professionals from around the globe.  Our Evidence Collection Accelerated Training Program provides you with hands on training with limited class sizes in our state of the art facilities.  This class, commonly known as Crime Scene Technology, covers the scientific methods of collection, identification, evaluation, and preservation of physical evidence.

You need to attend this program if:

  • You process crime scenes
  • You want to learn more about the latest tools and techniques used to process crime scenes
  • You want to find as much evidence as possible at the crime scene

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Special Training Session for Writer's Police Academy Attendees - August 11-15, 2014 


2014 Dates  Status
May 5-9  Open
June 2-6  Full
September 8-12     Open
October 13-17  Open
November 10-14  Open

2015 Dates  
January 5-9 Open
February 9-13 Open
March 9-13 Open
April 13-18 Open
May 11-15 Open
June 8-12 Open
September 14-18 Open
October 12-16 Open
November 9-13 Open

Hands-On Training

State-of-the-art facilities

Limited Class Size

Students practice casting footwear impressions using Hard-Core Blue™ casting techniques.

Students process latent prints through chemical development.

A small student/instructor ratio creates a better learning atmosphere and gives students more individual attention

Course Curriculum

  1. Crime Scene Investigation

    The various types and categories of physical evidence are reviewed with the emphasis being placed on the proper procedures for securing the crime scene and preparing to collect evidence.


  2. Fingerprint Theory

    The fundamental principles of fingerprints are examined, including the basic concepts of ridge pattern development, identification characteristics and classification methods.


  3. Fingerprint Powders

    The proper use of oxide, metallic and magnetic powders is discussed. Students will develop latent prints on a variety of surfaces such as porous and non-porous, glass and polished metals. Photographic techniques are covered along with the use of various print lifting devices such as tape, hinge lifters and rubber lifters.


  4. Locating and Processing Latent Prints

    During this segment, students will develop latent prints on paper and cardboard surfaces, utilizing iodine fuming, ninhydrin and silver nitrate. Chemical fixatives and removers will also be covered as well as the chemical development of latent blood prints. A second period is devoted to the development of latent prints using cyanoacrylate (superglue) fuming techniques. Students will also learn the latest methods of locating and photographing latents without powder or chemical processing with Sirchie’s Krimesite™ Imager. 5.


  5. Fingerprint Taking Techniques

    Students will discuss various techniques for achieving superior results when taking fingerprints and palm prints.


  6. Fingerprint Classification and Comparison

    Students will learn the fundamental techniques of fingerprint pattern interpretation to classify, search and file.


  7. Basic Photography and Crime Scene Sketching

    Various procedures for taking crime scene photographs are discussed as well as the proper techniques for constructing crime scene sketches.


  8. Physiological Fluids

    Students learn to identify physiological fluid stains, including blood and seminal fluid, using various testing methods. Students will use chemical reagents, such as luminol, to detect invisible traces of blood. The proper collection and handling of evidence in rape cases and sex crimes will be covered.


  9. Controlled Substances Identification

    Students will work with presumptive field test kits that offer screening of the most commonly abused drugs and narcotics.


  10. Theft Detection Techniques

    Students learn the uses of visible and invisible fluorescent powders, pastes, dyes, crayons, ink markers and other tagging devices.


  11. Serial Number Restoration

    Working with various metallic and plastic surfaces, students will restore obliterated serial numbers. Liquid and gel reagents are used in conjunction with the electron accelerator.


  12. Firearms Residue Collection

    Students will learn the proper methods for collecting primer and gunpowder residues from the suspected shooter’s firing hand.


  13. Tire, Footprint, Toolmark Casting

    Impression evidence types and their value in criminal investigation will be reviewed. Students will have the opportunity to experience first hand the casting of footwear and tire impressions with various materials. In addition, casting of tool marks and other impressions will be demonstrated.


  14. Course Review and Final Examination

    A comprehensive examination will be given at the end of the course, covering materials discussed and demonstrated  


Course Fee

The course cost is $600.00 per student, including tuition, study materials and lab fees. Transportation, food and lodging costs are the responsibility of the student. 


To enroll, register online at www.sirchie.com or call (800) 356-7311, if you have any questions.


Raleigh is served by several major airlines through the Raleigh/Durham International Airport, which is just a short drive from Sirchie’s training complex. 


There are a number of hotels in the area. Call our Training Director at (800) 356-7311 or email at training@sirchie.


The course is held at Sirchie‘s state-of-the-art manufacturing and training complex in Youngsville, North Carolina.