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Comprehensive Evidence Photography, Shooting Reconstruction & Serial Number Restoration (Hampton Bays, NY) Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2021 New

Comprehensive Evidence Photography, Shooting Reconstruction & Serial Number Restoration (Hampton Bays, NY) Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2021

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Crime scene photography remains a fundamental and permanent method of recording crime scenes and physical evidence. Properly formatted photographs can prove to be invaluable days, months, and even years after the crime scene has been released by law enforcement, cleaned, or destroyed. Surveys of those charged with documenting crime scenes continually reveal the lack of basic skills in operating a digital camera and thus obtaining well-thought-out photographs suitable for presentation in court proceedings.

This Special 5-day course is designed specifically for law enforcement, crime scene, and laboratory personnel who are charged with taking high quality crime scene and/or evidence photographs, 2 and 3-dimension impression evidence, photography outside the visible spectrum (UV and IR for biological evidence, GSR, and obliterated writings/ink), and documenting the trajectory path of firearm projectiles related to shooting cases with the power and simplicity of a laser.

Special emphasis will be placed on the proper photography of fingerprints, and two and three-dimensional impressions, typically found in dust and soil.

Students will be instructed on the fundamentals of trajectory reconstruction prior to conducting trajectory reconstruction with lasers, and capturing their findings by use of painting with light photographic concepts.

Attendees will also receive instruction on the theory behind wound ballistics and the role that bullet mass, velocity, and kinetic energy play in creating temporary and permanent wound paths in tissue.

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of cameras and the all-important exposure triangle. Upon completion of the course, attendees will understand how to properly photograph 2 and 3-dimensional foot impression evidence, the proper use and photography of luminol, LCV, and dust prints.

The course is taught with classroom lecture, followed by hands-on exercises. Nikon photography kits will be provided for use during the course, so that time is not wasted in determining camera settings for many different brands and models of cameras used in the field by the attendees. All concepts discussed and practiced will be easily applied to the student’s agency issued camera equipment.

Students will leave the course with a high-level of understanding of digital cameras, techniques for capturing quality images under various situations, acceptable standards for documenting crime scenes and physical evidence via photography, the imaging of lasers capturing the trajectory of projectiles, and specific techniques for imaging footwear and tire impression evidence, and how to properly utilize and capture presumptive blood evidence via photography.

Day 1

Introduction and Registration

Basic Crime Scene Documentation, Legal Standards, implications of the NAS Report and Certification for Crime Scene Photography

This lecture will review crime scene documentation concepts and the legal standards for admissibility of photographs in court.

Photography Concepts, Terminology, Basic Camera Operation, Compression Settings, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images

During this lecture the student will learn basic camera concepts, formatting a proper image, lighting techniques, terminology, and common settings on the digital camera, and the impact of compression settings. Students will learn how to take the camera out of the “automatic” mode so they can maximize the capabilities of the digital camera.

F/Stops and Aperture, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images

During this lecture the student will be taught the importance of f/stops, the effects on the photographic image, and conduct exercises to reinforce the lecture. Following the exercise students will self-critique their images in the classroom.

Shutter Settings, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images

During this lecture the student will be taught the effects of changing shutter speed, and conduct exercises designed to reinforce the lecture. Following the exercise students will present their images to the class and discuss techniques utilized during the capture of their images.

Day 2

ISO, Lighting, Filter Selection, Painting with Light, Body Panoramic Images, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images

This lecture will expose students to the concepts and effects of various lighting, ISO settings, dark scene photography and painting with light, as well as taking photographs of victims of crime.

Luminol (blood print imaging), Impression Evidence Photography, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images

This lecture will expose students to the concepts of photographing chemically enhanced blood evidence (luminol based and related products), foot and tire impression evidence commonly found at crime scenes.

Day 3

Applying concepts learned in Days 1 and 2, and expanding to capturing 2 and 3 dimensional impression evidence (footwear/tire/fingerprints, etc..), and learning how to image details of large evidence, and/or macro level details of small evidence. Students will be exposed to the abilities of an Infrared camera to capture GSR, blood on complex or dark surfaces, and obliterated writings.

Day 4

Review and application of concepts learned in previous 3 days of training. This curriculum builds upon each of the previous day(s) in order to learn the theory and then immediately apply it to actual hands-on situations.

Day 4 will expand upon all techniques of processing fingerprints with a wide- variety of traditional and magnetic dusting techniques and while learning about “stick and slip” surfaces so the appropriate powder is used on the proper crime scene surface. Various chemical processing techniques will also be discussed and completed during class. After each technique is taught the student will image the resulting fingerprint using macro photography techniques.

Day 5

Fundamentals of Wound Ballistics - Mass, Velocity, Bullet Construction, Target Placement, and Kinetic Energy, Imaging Projectile Trajectory/Path by use of the DSLR Camera and Green Laser, Practical Exercise, and Review of Images

Students will be exposed to and conduct hands-on practical exercises pertaining to: Fundamentals of Wound Ballistics - Mass, Velocity, Bullet Construction, Target Placement, and Kinetic Energy, Imaging Projectile Trajectory Path by use of the DSLR Camera and Green Laser.

Presumptive GSR Testing

Students will learn about modern GSR testing and conduct a presumptive test in the classroom.

Serial Number Restoration

Students will learn the theory behind restoring obliterated serial numbers commonly encountered in firearms cases, automobile, farm and construction equipment thefts, and the theft of ATV, motorcycles, and other small motor vehicles. Upon completion of the classroom portion of the class, students will restore an obliterated SN from a piece of metal machined by Sirchie.

Course Summary, Critique, Issuance of Training Certificates, and Discussion

 

Dave Pauly

Your Instructor

Dave Pauly retired from The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command as a Special
Agent-in-Charge/Commander and Forensic Science Officer. He performed duties
in over a dozen states and frequently worked with local, state, and federal agencies.
He holds a Master of Forensic Science degree from The George Washington University,
is a 1998 graduate of the FBI National Academy, and is currently the Director of
Applied Forensic Science at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C.

 

Minimum enrollment will be 18 students with a maximum enrollment of 25 students. The cost per student is $595.00. 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.