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Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program

The Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program (CSTCP) is a series of six fundamental courses that introduce vital components of crime scene investigation. Participants are required to attend and successfully pass all six courses to receive their certificate. Upon completion of the program, participants will have exceeded the minimum requirements necessary to apply for national crime scene certification.  All six courses of the program will be held at the Criminal Justice Institute.

The application period for the current 2018 session of this class has ended. However, nomination letters for the 2019 session can be submitted to Dr. Cheryl P. May from your Chief of Police, Sheriff, Department Head or Director indicating how your participation in this program will benefit your agency, that your agency will provide all required photography equipment, and that he/she will support your attendance as well as ensure, to the best of their ability, your participation in all six courses. Nomination letters for the 2019 session should be submitted no later than October 12, 2018.

WEEK ONE: Crime Scene Management/Crime Scene Photography
WEEK TWO: Impression Evidence
WEEK THREE: Latent Print Processing
WEEK FOUR: Biological and Trace Evidence
WEEK FIVE: Crime Scene Sketching, Note Taking and Report Writing
WEEK SIX: Crime Scene Investigation

CSTCP Photography Equipment Requirements:
Photography skills are critical in crime scene and evidence documentation. each department must provide its agency representative a minimum amount of photography equipment to ensure successful participation in the program. The minimum photography equipment required for participation in CSTCP are:

• Adjustable Digital Camera
• Camera Manual
• Tripod
• Detachable Flash
• PC Cord
• Cable Release
• Spare Batteries for Camera and Flash
• Macro lens
• Filters (yellow, orange, red, and polarizing)

o This is a 135 hour class.
o This class earns credits in our Degree Program.

For more information, call Annette Tracy: (501) 570-8061 and