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Basic Crime Scene Processing

Course Description:  Processing a crime scene requires numerous skills.  This three-day course will employ hands-on exercises focusing on the recognition, documentation, recovery, and preservation of physical evidence. Practical application of the techniques and procedures learned will be demonstrated through a mock crime scene exercise conducted on the last day of the program.  This course will benefit patrol officers and new members of crime scene specialty units with minimal crime scene investigation experience.

Instructors:   John Brooks and Annette Tracy
Mr. John Brooks
is retired from the Fayetteville Police Department, where he worked as a Crime Scene Investigator for fifteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Sociology from the University of Arkansas. He is a Certified Law Enforcement Instructor and has extensive training in diverse areas of crime scene investigations, including certifications through the Advanced Crime Scene Certificate Program, the International Association for Identification (IAI) as a Level II Crime Scene Analyst (CSA), and the Criminal Justice Institute's Crime Scene Investigators Certificate Program.  Mr. Brooks taught Crime Scene Investigation and Criminalistics at the Northwest Arkansas Community College. He currently teaches Criminal Investigation at the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Mr. Brooks is a former President of the Arkansas Division of the International Association for Identification and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He is also members of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.

Ms. Annette Tracy is the Education and Training Administrator for Forensic Science, Illicit Drugs, and Computer Training for the Criminal Justice Institute.  She was previously employed by the Little Rock Police Department, where she worked as a Crime Scene Specialist for twenty years.  She was also employed as a California Highway Patrolman in South Los Angeles.  Ms. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from California Polytechnic University.  She is a Senior Crime Scene Analyst (CSCSA) and Certified Latent Fingerprint Examiner (CLPE) through the International Association for Identification (IAI).

Target Audience: Patrol officers, new members of crime scene specialty units with minimal crime scene investigation experience, forensic science specialists, and seasoned investigators.

Course Prerequisites/Equipment: To enhance their learning experience, students are required to bring a digital camera (digital SLR preferred), standard lens (if using SLR), Macro lens, batteries for camera and flash, digital media, off camera flash, remote flash cord, tripod (if available), a flash light, and a basic fingerprint dusting kit. In addition, students should wear appropriate casual clothing that may become soiled and/or ruined by chemical practical exercises conducted both indoors and outdoors.

• This class is 21 hours.
• This class is included in our membership program.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:  Registrants must fax or email a scanned copy of a signed and dated verification letter on agency letterhead within five days of submission of the registration request form to 501-565-3081 or, which includes the following statement:  This letter will verify that I, (name of registrant), am an employee of (agency name) and hold the position of (sworn/non-sworn) (position title), located at (address) and have registered for (name of class) on (date).


May 13-15, 2019
Searcy Police Department          
Searcy, AR

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