NUCPS offers authoritative courses for crime scene specialists, investigators, detectives, and other public safety professionals who are responsible for crime scene investigations:
Forensics & Crime Scene Technology
Bloodstain Evidence 1
In this comprehensive course, students learn how to identify various stains and spatters to determine if the stains are in fact blood. Students observe how blood reacts to motion and force and learn how to document bloodstains and competently testify about the significance of the stains as evidence.
Upcoming Bloodstain Evidence 1 Classes
Bloodstain Evidence 2
This advanced course provides an updated and in-depth review of bloodstain pattern identification and analysis. The course also enhances students’ proficiency in documentation and reconstruction techniques so that bloodstains can be correlated with patterns and body trauma.
Prerequisites: Bloodstain Evidence 1.
Upcoming Bloodstain Evidence 2 Classes
Crime Scene Technology 1
This course explores the fundamentals of evidence evaluation and processing. Students use the latest techniques of evidence development and enhancement in the application of sensitivity and specificity, and examine the different techniques used to gain the most from available evidence.
Upcoming Crime Scene Technology 1 Classes
Crime Scene Technology 2
This hands-on course on the development and enhancement of techniques for physical evidence collection explores a variety of applications and applied methods. Students experiment with many types of equipment and chemicals to determine the most effective application for a given situation.
Prerequisites: Crime Scene Technology 1 is highly recommended.
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Crime Scene Technology 3
This advanced-level course features chemical and light-source application and enhancement techniques, as well as the methodologies and procedures used in documentation and preservation of trace evidence. By experimenting with complex circumstances, students obtain experience in a true chronology of processing techniques and applications used in the field and the laboratory.
Prerequisites: Crime Scene Technology 2.
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This course covers all facets of violent death investigation, including duties and responsibilities of the first responder, investigation at the scene, sketching and photographing the crime scene, estimating time of death, identifying the victim, and determining the mode of death.
Upcoming Death Investigation Courses
Forensic Art Techniques: Mastering Composite Drawing
This course features hands-on practice sketching composites and performing other relevant drawing exercises. Unlike other forensic art courses, this course demonstrates how to use an opaque projector and freestanding easel instead of a tabletop. Topics covered include facial anatomy, biological variations of race, age and gender and the use of courtroom testimony.
Fracture Match Identification
This three-day course presents the scientific basis for fracture match identification and is designed for criminalists who are actively pursuing or plan to pursue court qualification for testifying as to fracture match identifications.
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Forensic Photography 1
This hands-on course covers many of the foundational principles of photography while delving into digital applications in the forensic field. Students receive instruction in the digital format, camera operation, file types, archiving, lighting techniques, and the control and printing of digital images. Participants also gain working knowledge in the digital evidence process and preparing for testimony.
Forensic Photography 2: Night Operations
Acquire the advanced skills required for night and low-light assignments! Students learn to adjust for variables for real-life settings, including calculating low-light-level exposures, multiple flash exposures, and "painting with light" or combination exposures. The two-day course is held in the late afternoon and evening hours intended to ensure variations of light including darkness.
Prerequisite: Digital Forensic Photography.
Fingerprint and Specimen Photography
Learn to document fingerprints and specimen evidence that cannot be adequately collected or preserved. Macro and close-up photography will be defined, demonstrated, and practiced in hands-on assignments. This unique course also covers documentation requirements for visible, invisible, and fluorescent applications, among other topics.
Required Equipment: Students must bring a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, appropriate macro or close-up lenses, remote, barrier filters, polarizing screens, external flashes, and tripod. A laptop is highly recommended.
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Forensic Science Certification Programs
Interested in obtaining an authoritative certificate in your area of forensic expertise? NUCPS is excited to offer three Forensic Science certification programs — Crime Scene Forensic Investigator, Forensic Blood Stain Investigator, and Forensic Police Photographer.
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