5-Day CSI and Forensic Investigation plus Photography & Adv Documentation (Oct 21-25) Sirchie HQ


This class will be taught at Sirchie's Headquarters in Youngsville, NC  (Monday through Friday) on October 21-25, 2024.

Sirchie is proud to offer this comprehensive CSI and Forensic Investigation course that every Public Safety Official, CSI, Detective, Wildlife Officer, CFI, and Criminal Investigator/Special Agent should attend.

From the patrol officer to the mid-level supervisor, this course will enlighten you and make you confident in your crime scene and evidence capabilities. With dozens of testimonials of officer graduates rating the class a 10 out of 10 and frequently commenting “..best training of my career..” , this course has proven time and again to be extremely beneficial to everyone who has attended.

With advances in technology over the past two decades, what was once reserved to be completed in the crime lab is now possible at the crime scene and agency mini lab. Backlogs and return time on evidence has plagued the industry for decades but through modern techniques and with the proper affordable equipment and appropriate training, crime scene professionals can now identify and process items of interest and entire crime scenes thoroughly via techniques once reserved for processing by forensic labs. Evidence uncovered can become of paramount importance for identification of offenders during the initial first 48 hours of investigations thus increasing efficiency and the solvability of all types of crimes. Upon completion of this course an officer can thoughtfully and logically decide to submit a piece of evidence to the lab for further processing or to do it themselves. Either decision will be made with the understanding of what evidence could or should be present, why it may not be present, and what laboratory processing should be conducted. This understanding will undoubtedly lead to the identification of evidence that would otherwise be overlooked.

With over a quarter million unsolved – cold case - murders in the United States and low solve rates around 50%, proper and meaningful training is paramount in increasing capabilities and competency of all public safety professionals charged with investigations of all types of violations of law.

During this full week of theory plus hands-on training, attendees will become competent and confident at a wide variety of crime scene investigative skills and processes that no detective or CSI should be without.

Starting with a deep dive into crime scene documentation, attendees will learn how to properly utilize any camera to document crime scenes and evidence. Students will be provided full Nikon dSLR camera kits to utilize throughout the week while also being encouraged to bring their duty cameras to learn the functionality and capabilities of each system.

A special session of low light photography will be conducted so all officers will understand the benefits and pitfalls of flash photography and the power of expanded camera sensors that allow for imaging dark scenes with simple camera adjustments or with the aid of speed lights and/or handheld flashlights. After completing this Sirchie training there will be no crime scene or situation that the officer cannot image despite the complexity of the frequently encountered dark scene.

After extensive instruction and exercises with the camera, attendees will learn about 3-D laser scanning, the OSCR360 crime scene capture device, and the RUVIS latent print device that operates with the aid of shortwave UV.

Attendees will continue the week by imaging evidence they identify and develop utilizing a variety of focal lengths and lenses including wide angle, normal perspective, zoom, and the all-important macro lens to bring out critical comparison detail evidence.

This course is designed as a “theory plus” course where the background and theory of the technique or product is provided followed by hands-on exercises conducted by each officer/student. Throughout the week not only will attendees be taught the proper use of the equipment (listed below), but they will also be instructed on various investigative techniques utilized during the instructors’ decades of real-world investigative experience. Each instructor brings with them many years of experience, membership and participation in the leading professional forensic and law enforcement organizations including fire investigation, blood pattern interpretation, cold case homicide, entomology and anthropology training, and the investigation of International, State, and Federal violations of law. Sirchie courses are not presentation only or “check-the-box” driven courses, but are instead robust, dynamic, and flexible courses designed to meet every officer and investigators real world needs.

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

5-day Course Curriculum

Electrostatic Dust Print Lifter and other lifting processes: Students will learn how to locate, image, lift, and image the lift of a dust print using several unique and very effective forensic devices and processes.

Biofoam and Casting: Students will learn proper techniques to locate, protect, image, and collect 3-dimensional foot and tire impressions. 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: A truly powerful, versatile lifting kit for latent prints, toolmarks, and more. Polyvinyl siloxane offers a unique method of mixing and applying liquid silicone for the collection of tool marks, bite marks, blood prints and even developed latent fingerprints. An on-going problem with many silicone recovery methods is proper mixing of compound and catalyst which is eliminated by use of this method. Students will learn about lifting tool marks and processed prints from textured and 3-dimensional surfaces utilizing specialized lifters and processes.

Rubber/GEL Fingerprint Lifters are used exclusively by some of the major investigation bureaus in the world. These lifters feature an exceptional adhesive face designed to pick up all powder traces from developed prints—without adhering to the lifting surface - even if the surface is porous (such as paper). These lifters are especially useful for lifting developed prints off highly grained surfaces, as well as irregular and curved surfaces.

Students will learn how to properly image fingerprints before and after being processed, and upon being lifted.

“Superglue” Processing Techniques: Students will process several different non-porous items utilizing a variety of superglue techniques, so they fully understand the capabilities of fuming individual small items of evidence to large items such as entire vehicles.

Traditional, Magnetic, and Fluorescent Fingerprint Processing Techniques: Students will learn the differences between traditional, magnetic, and fluorescent fingerprint techniques. They will then learn how properly to image these prints with and without Alternate Light Source (ALS) – white, blue (455nm) and UV (365nm) lights. Students will process a variety of different surfaces and items using different processing techniques, different lifting techniques and products, and learn how to overlay powders and processes.

Small Particle Reagent and Sticky Side of Tape Processing: Students will process wet surfaces for latent fingerprints and then experience the power of tape releasing agent. Every investigator has experienced a crime scene where the hood or window of a car has moisture or dew on it. An uninformed or untrained officer may omit the possibility of processing such a surface however recommended by the U.K. Home Office, Scientific Research and Development Branch, SPR is a product that can develop prints on wet surfaces.

When dealing with bindles of drugs wrapped in tape, or a home invasion or other violent crime, the sticky side of tape can easily be discarded as viable evidence containing fingerprints. Through the use of a release agent and developing agent officers will experiment with developing latent prints on the non-sticky and sticky side of tape.

Chemical Development of Latent Prints on Porous Surfaces: Students will process paper and similar exemplars with three laboratory chemicals to learn the possibilities and limitations of developing prints on paper and similar surfaces.

Alternate Light Sources: Students will be instructed on and then utilize ALS during their photographic exercises, including how to search for bones in fire pits, large, wooded areas, and other outdoor scenes. Students will examine a wide range of exemplars containing various biological and trace stains and pieces of mock evidence. During this block of instruction students will understand different types of luminescence and when to deploy ALS for maximum results at a crime scene. The instruction will begin with the theory of light and a basic understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum with emphasis on ultraviolet and infrared energy and there importance in forensic processing of evidence.

DNA, Investigative Genealogy, Entomology, and Presumptive Blood Testing: During this incredibly important and timely block of instruction, students will be instructed on the origins and status of DNA and the impact and status of investigative genealogy databases. A basic background of the study and investigative use of forensic entomology will be explained so attendees will be better suited to respond to human remains cases and more inclined to document and collect insect evidence. Students will conduct “field” tests of various exemplars containing real blood and samples resembling blood to determine the power of field testing of stains believed to be blood related to violent crimes.

Luminol Based Products and LCV – Leucocrystal Violet – Blood Enchancement: 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 LCV and under which circumstances each product should /would be utilized.

Macro Photography of Crime Scene and Fire Scene Evidence: Students will be instructed on and utilize a macro lens to image a wide variety of small evidence, including bullet casings, fingerprint evidence, and wires and switches common in motor vehicle collision fatalities, and other fire related scenes.

Firearms/Ballistics: 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.

Serial Number Restoration: When an investigation uncovers a firearm, vehicle, or piece of equipment with an obliterated serial number the impact can be devastating to the investigation. After being instructed and conducting a serial number restoration of an exemplar, officers will better understand what their supporting forensic laboratory should be able to accomplish if the officer doesn’t complete the restoration themselves.

Courtroom Testimony Preparation: There are three primary types of evidence introduced into criminal and civil trials with physical evidence being the center of training during this course. However, without the proper foundation for forensic processing procedures an investigator or CSI may get tripped up during cross-examination. The foundation of all training begins with an understanding of the theory and science behind the process. This course will provide this very important foundation so all attendees will be better equipped to respond to courtroom examinations via their testimonial evidence. Although a piece of evidence can be physical in nature, it may be offered circumstantially. This course will review and examine each of the 3 types of evidence to prepare all attendees for testimony in the courtroom.

Your Instructors

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.

Andy Parker

Andy Parker is the Assistant Director of the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI).  Since 2002, he has managed the Laboratory Division, the Identification Division, and currently is in charge of the Crime Scene Science Division.  He has also served as a Latent Print Section Supervisor and Latent Print/Footwear Examiner for the CCBI.  Andy has co-authored two forensic resource publications, “Forensic Entomology:  The Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations” and “Methodological and Technological Advances in Death Investigations”.   

Prior to moving to Raleigh, Andy was a Crime Scene Investigator for the Tallahassee Police Department after serving seven years with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Andy is the former president of the North Carolina Division of the International Association for Identification.

Andy is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy Session 262.

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