Category: Training Events – Page 2

Training Events – 2010

Case Assessment and Interpretation, January 21, 2010  – This workshop, for police investigators, forensic scientists, legal professionals and others in law enforcement presented a high level overview of the concept of Case Assessment and Interpretation (CAI) and demonstrated how CAI could deliver benefit to the law enforcement and judicial system. CAI is a methodology to provide cost-effective forensic services, improve casework response times, and maximize evidential value. The workshop outlined the challenges of implementation and show how CAI is used in practice by investigators and scientists. The workshop will be delivered by leading CAI experts currently with the United Kingdom’s Forensic Science Service, supported by representatives from United Kingdom policing and United Kingdom Government.

Training Events – 2009

Advanced Homicide and Crime Scene Training for Law Enforcement Officers working Indian Country matters, February 2-5, 2009.  Participants for this seminar were limited to FBI and BIA/Tribal Law Enforcement Officers currently working Indian Country matters.  Topics covered included Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Pathology, Forensic Entomology, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Arson, and Case Presentations.  This seminar was co-hosted by the FBI’s Indian Country Unit.

Latent Print Comparisons:  Putting ACE-V Into Words, November 17 and 18, 2009 – This training workshop for latent print examiners and others in law enforcement covered all aspects of the Analysis, Comparison, Evaluation and Verification (ACE-V) methodology, including distortion and the mental process that occurs when analyzing latent prints. The workshop will focus on how to describe the ACE-V process to jury members, attorneys, and other professionals. Blind verification and its impacts on the latent print community will also be covered.  The workshop, sponsored by the Forensic Science Institute, will be taught by two latent print examiners currently with the FBI Laboratory.

Training Events – 2008

Digital Evidence for the First Responder, January 31, 2008 – The Forensic Science Institute hosted the Certified Electronic Evidence Collection Specialist (CEECS) certification course. The CEECS is a basic one-day course offered only to Law Enforcement officers and Law Enforcement support personnel. The course was designed to instruct personnel on how to collect electronic evidence in a forensically sound manner. The course included lecture, a practical exam, and a written exam. Upon successful completion of the written examination, the course attendee was awarded a CEECS certification issued by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialist (IACIS).

Daubert Challenges to Latent Print Testimony, March 11, 2008 – The Forensic Science Institute hosted a seminar by two leading experts in Latent Print Identification.  Heather Webster and Melissa Gische, both examiners with the FBI Laboratory, presented lectures specifically designed for law enforcement and forensic science personnel as well as students and faculty.  This seminar was co-hosted by the Norman, Oklahoma Police Department and the Oklahoma Division of the International Association for Identification.  Topics covered in this seminar included a brief history of significant court cases challenging the scientific reliability of fingerprint evidence; Daubert guidelines- what they are and how to address them in a Daubert hearing; preparation for cross-examination; and current issues (“hot topics”) in the field.

Training Events – 2007

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, January 8-12, 2007 – The Forensic Science Institute along with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation co-hosted this basic bloodstain pattern analysis workshop instructed by Oklahoma’s own Tom Bevel.

Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, March 13-14, 2007 – The Forensic Science Institute and the Oklahoma City Division of the FBI co-hosted this lecture by a leading expert in Blood Stain Pattern Analysis.  Mr. Tony Onorato of the DNA Analysis Unit in the FBI Laboratory presented a workshop with numerous case examples in the use of blood spatter and bloodstain pattern analysis.  This forensic tool has been instrumental in numerous violent crimes around the country.  Mr. Onorato leads a nation-wide effort in the establishment of standards in this discipline.

Training Events – 2006

Microscopic Hair Comparison and Mitochondrial DNA Training, October 16-20, 2006 – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and the Forensic Science Institute sponsored a training school on microscopic hair comparisons and mitochondrial DNA analysis.

Bomb Factories & the First Responder, October 25, 2006 – The Forensic Science Institute hosted one of the world’s leading experts on explosive peroxides. Dr. Kirk Yeager from the FBI Laboratory  presented a lecture specifically designed for the law enforcement, first responder and bomb squad communities. As Dr. Yeager stated, “the newest series of explosives to take hold in terrorist arsenals across the globe has been the peroxide family. Two explosives in particular, TATP and HMTD have emerged as serious threats.” Dr. Yeager has personally responded to scenes around the world following the use of these explosives to include Morocco, Turkey, Israel, Jordan and Uzbekistan. These explosives and precursors have also been encountered by law enforcement in the United States.