Forensic Investigation with Arson Investigation & Photography (Willow Park, TX) July 24-28, 2023


With the cooperation of the Willow Park Police Department Sirchie is offering its comprehensive hands-on Forensic Investigation Training at the Willow Park Department, 101 W Stagecoach Trail, Willow Park, TX 76087.

This 5-day course covers state-of-the-art methods of identifying, recording, processing and preserving various types of evidence found at the scene of the crime. The program is geared for Hands-on use of equipment, materials and supplies necessary for a thorough and comprehensive forensic investigation mission.


Forensic Investigation (Evidence Discovery, Collection, Processing & Preservation)

The goals and objectives of the Crime Scene Investigator is the collection, preservation, packaging, transportation, and documentation of physical evidence left at the crime scene.  With this evidence, a connection can be made between the victim, the scene, and the perpetrator of the crime. The base goal of this course is establishing methods and best practices for assessing, developing, collecting, and preserving the physical evidence.

Attendees learn proper set-up and crime scene documentation including photography and evidence marking / identification.  Through lecture and practical exercises, proper methods are taught for discovery and lifting of latent fingerprints using powders, applicators, tape, chemicals, and other tools.  Footprint and footwear evidence, often overlooked, is reviewed and methods for search and recovery are taught. Discovery and sampling of biological evidence, so critical in today’s forensic investigations for its DNA content, is reviewed with practical exercises with best practices for collection and preservation. Attendees also learn the proper packaging and preservation of various types of evidence, including bagging, boxing, labeling, and other methods. The course covers the forensic toolbox and the factors that lead to choosing certain methods.

  • Crime scene documentation:  photography, marking, logging
  • Evidence collection: types, proper packaging, documentation
  • Latent print development: fingerprint powders, applicators, chemicals, lifting devices
  • Biological fluids including blood: search, discovery, testing, sampling
  • Footwear impressions: search, development, collection

Arson Investigation (with an Emphasis on Low Light Photography)

Arson scenes pose unique challenges to criminal investigators, CSIs, and arson investigators in that much or all of the pertinent physical evidence is damaged or destroyed by thermal effects and /or residual soot deposits. Imaging fire scenes challenge even the most talented photographer as reflected light is minimized and dark soot covered and burnt items are difficult to focus on and capture without understanding the exposure triangle and taking the camera out of Automatic Mode.
Without a basic understanding of how fire behaves the novice investigator may be overwhelmed at suspicious fire scenes. During this block of instruction attendees learn fire terminology, fire dynamics, and the basics of Origin & Cause investigations, so they can better interact with Certified Fire Investigators (CFI’s), understand fire investigation, how best to document findings via notes, sketches, and photographs, and how to properly collect arson evidence including control samples in either nylon lined or unlined arson evidence containers. Attendees learn medicolegal death investigation terminology and common findings in fire scene decedents/victims. Attendees review and experience how to properly document an arson scene using low-light photographic techniques utilizing hands on exercises.


Advanced Photography (Forensic Investigation Techniques including ALS, UV and IR)

Photography is used to document most crime scenes today, yet only the most basic techniques are sometimes utilized missing possible key evidence or not providing the true story of the crime scene or evidence.  Moving beyond this, attendees of this instruction module learn how to properly document in the preferred – manual mode, and learn to control the exposure triangle in various situations using techniques that reveal evidence once hidden.  Utilizing the triangle, dark scenes, shadows, and bright ambient light can all be overcome with specific techniques to show the scene as the investigator sees it.

Attendees through hands on exercises using DSLR cameras and various lenses combined with filters explore various lighting possibilities, using a variety of alternate light sources and filters to build contrast and reveal pattern evidence. Light sources outside the visible spectrum, such as ultra-violet and infrared, reveal body fluids and pattern evidence of gun shot residue and bodily fluids not visible to the naked eye. The camera is shown to be a tool to gather much more evidence than can be seen or documented with any other method.

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, 35ml 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

Minimum enrollment will be 18 students with a maximum enrollment of 25 students. The cost per student is $650.00. All materials, supplies and equipment will be supplied by Sirchie. Students will be responsible for their own transportation and related per diem expenses. Individuals must register on-line no later than 5 days prior to the class, Sirchie reserves the right to cancel this class if the minimum number (18) students has not been met.

For more information contact:

Sergeant J. Ramirez
PD# 817-441-9747
Direct# 817-566-8831

Area Hotels:

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Weatherford Willow Park (Recommended)

500 Shops Blvd.
Willow Park, TX 76087
(817) 458-8100

Hampton Inn

2524 S Main St.
Weatherford, TX 76087
(817) 599-4800

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