3-Day CSI and Forensic Investigation plus Photography (Sept 17-19, 2024) Sirchie HQ


This class will be taught at Sirchie's Headquarters in Youngsville, NC  (Tuesday through Thursday) on September 17-19, 2024.

Back by popular demand - Sirchie is proud to announce the return of the Essentials of Crime Scene Processing, Photography, and Forensic Investigation Course formally known as Crime Scene Technology.

This course should be attended by all public safety officers responsible for conducting initial or follow-up investigations including patrol operations, misdemeanor, and felony criminal investigations, as well as fire investigations.

Covering a wide range of topics and skill sets required to process any crime scene, this course includes the theory behind various forensic techniques followed by intensive hands-on exercises, and is structured around Sirchie’s 5-day course, but is designed to keep you away from your agency for fewer days.

Public safety professionals will be trained in a wide range of skills required to increase efficiency at a crime or fire scene, help clear and solve cases, while also ensuring that your agency is up to date and properly trained to identify, document, and collect evidence needed to effectively work all crime scenes.


Basic to Advanced Photography including Low Light Photography
Students will learn the effects of lighting, flash, and how to take their cameras from AUTO to Manual Mode while following industry standards for documenting crime scenes. Attendees will have Nikon DSLR cameras to utilize but are encouraged to bring their own cameras to utilize during training. Students will utilize shutter release cables, CPL filters, and other advanced photo techniques. During this session students will learn the difference between dSLR and mirrorless cameras, and 2 and 3-dimensional scanning and documentation devices utilized in the industry.

Electrostatic Dust Print Lifter and Other Impression Evidence Photography and Collection Methods
Students will learn how to locate, image, and lift a dust print using the ESDL and other very effective forensic techniques.

Biofoam and Casting
Students will create a 3-dimensional impression, photograph the impression, and then cast the impression utilizing dental stone or an equivalent casting material. Students will image the cast the following day.

“SirchSil” and Gelatin Lifters
Students will process and then lift fingerprints on textured surfaces and create a 3-D mold of a mock piece of evidence utilizing this piece of specialized equipment. Students will learn how to properly image fingerprints before and after being processed, and upon being lifted.

Traditional, Magnetic, and Fluorescent Fingerprint Powder Processing Techniques
Students will learn the differences between traditional, magnetic, and fluorescent fingerprint techniques by developing fingerprints on over two dozen different surfaces. They will then learn how properly to image these prints with and without ALS – Alternate Light Source – white, blue and UV lights.

Chemical Processing Techniques
Students will process mock evidence with two commonly utilized latent fingerprint on porous surfaces chemicals – Iodine and Ninhydrin – and the various techniques associated with each process.

Wet Surface and Latent Print from Tape Processing
Students will conduct exercises to develop fingerprints from wet surfaces and duct tape commonly found in violent persons crimes.

“Superglue” Processing
Students will learn the various techniques of superglue fuming from the most simplistic to elaborate processing measures including fire scene evidence such as fuel containers.

Presumptive Blood Testing
As one of the least understood crime scene techniques, presumptive bloodstain testing can alleviate months of waiting for forensic laboratory reports pertaining to substances believed to be blood at crime scenes. After a presentation on the theory and science behind presumptive blood testing, students will test 3 provided samples of “presumptive blood” with field test kits to determine to a high degree of certainty that the substance is or is not blood. This technique is of paramount importance in abduction, murder, home invasion, and other violent crimes.

Alternate Light Sources
Students will be instructed on and conduct exercises utilizing ALS during their photographic exercises, including how to search for bones in fire pits, large, wooded areas, and other outdoor scenes. Special emphasis will be placed on blue and UV light energy. During this session students will understand how to quickly scan a scene for human remains bone evidence.

Luminol Based Products and Leucocrystal Violet (LCV) Blood Enhancement
Students will be instructed on the various luminol based products utilized to search for latent blood at crime scenes. Students will then be given luminol and exemplars containing latent blood to image. Students will be shown the difference between Luminol and other luminol based products, as well as LCV and under which circumstances each product should /would be utilized.

Macro Photography of Crime Scene and Fire Investigation Evidence
Students will be instructed on and utilize a macro lens to image a wide variety of small evidence, including fingerprints, bullet casings, wires, and switches.

Serial Number Restoration
As one of the courses most intriguing exercises that relates to firearms, vehicle and 4-wheeler thefts, and other serial numbered property crimes, students will process a piece of metal to restore the obliterated serial number.

Firearms/Ballistics, Medicolegal Death Investigation, DNA, Investigative Genealogy, Cold Cases, and other Investigative Concepts
Throughout the course students will be instructed on medicolegal death investigation terms and concepts including those related to firearms and ballistics. Mass, Velocity, and Kinetic Energy, types/construction of bullet/projectiles, and wounding principles (penetration/perforation, temporary and permanent wound paths) will be discussed and explained. Concepts of reconstructing bullet trajectory will be discussed and demonstrated utilizing a green laser which students will capture via DSLR camera in a dark environment. Students will learn about the different DNA processing techniques and how genealogy has revolutionized the investigation of cold cases.

Each student will receive a kit to use during hands-on exercises, and to keep.

OST250KIT Contents:
1- Perforated Notepad, 8 1/2” x 11”
1- Biofoam Impression Kit
5- Tissue Paper, #15 weight
1- Blood Evidence on Plywood
1- PIC001 Photo Scale/ID Card, 8 1/2” x 11”
1- Crime Scene Documentation Forms
2- 131WL1 Hinge Lifter, 2” x 4”, white
6- FC343 Reversible Backing Cards, 3” x 5”
2- Orange Evidence Marking Pointers
1- 101L Silk Black Fingerprint Powder, 2 oz.
1- 107L Copper Fingerprint Powder, 2 oz.
1- SB201L Silver/Black Fingerprint Powder, 2 oz.
1- M114L Black Magnetic Fingerprint Powder, 1 oz.
3- 122L Standard Fiberglass Brush
1- 123LW Marabou Feather Brush, white


1- 125L Magnetic Powder Applicator
1- 127LW Rubber/GEL Lifters, 2” x 4”, white, 12 ea.
1- 145L 1.5” Frosted Lifting Tape
4- Index cards, 3” x 5”
1- SBQ100 Fingerprint Lifting Squeegee
1- SNR100K Serial Number Restoration Kit
1- PPS800 Forensic L-Scale, 105mm x 105mm
1- PPS600 Reversible Forensic L-Scale, 300mm x 150mm
1- LTF200PR Zero Edge Protractor
1- Hemastix Blood ID Reagent Strips, 10 ea.
1- Toothbrush
1- Ballpoint Pen, black ink
1- #2 Pencil
2- Cotton Balls


2- Ziptop Bag, 9” x 12”
1- Orange Acrylic Square, 4” x 4”
1- 379M Attached case Magnifier
3- SDM100E Disposable Evidence Markers, inches
2- Wooden Paint Stirrers
3- Terry Cloth Towel
6- Cotton-Tipped Swabs
1- GLT101W GELifters, 5.2” x 7.2”, white, 10 each
1- HCB1002 Hard-Core Dental Stone, 2 lbs.
1- KCP247C Sterile Water, 3ml vial
1- OSTBK100 Blood Evidence Samples on paper
5- PBID1005 Blood ID Tests, Kastle Meyer Reagent
1- PBID2001 Blood ID Tests, McPhail’s Reagent
1- PSID1001 Seminal Fluid ID Test

Your Instructor

Dave Pauly

David G. Pauly, Professor, Forensic Science Program, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC, retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special Agent-in-Charge/Commander, Paratrooper, and Forensic Science Officer.

Dave performed duties in numerous U.S. States and foreign countries and frequently worked with local, state, and other federal agencies, as well as various non-U.S. law enforcement entities in Panama, South Korea, Afghanistan, Haiti, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Canada, Guam, and Nigeria.

Prof. Pauly holds a Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University where he taught summer sessions for several years while also developing the Forensic Science Program at Methodist University from its inception to a thriving program where young students learn a comprehensive curriculum involving crime scene forensic science and criminal investigations.

Dave graduated the FBI National Academy (Session 195), Canadian Police College - Major Crimes Course, Miami-Dade Police Department - Bloodstain Interpretation Course, and National Fire Academy - Arson Investigation Course, and has completed numerous other courses, seminars, symposiums, and classes in criminal investigations, forensic science, and other law enforcement related topics.

Dave is an active Fellow of The American Academy of Forensic Science, and is a current, or past member of the International Association of Identification, North Carolina Chapters of the IAI and FBINAA, International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association, The Vidocq Society, American Investigative Society of Cold Cases (AISOCC), and various other professional law enforcement and/or forensic science associations.

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