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MFRC Training at a Glance

Upcoming Events


Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

Dates: March 31-April 4, 2014
Northeast Forensic Training Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Instructors: Toby Wolson, MS and LeeAnn Singley, MS


This advanced level course is designed for practitioners who have
successfully completed basic instruction in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
and desire to build on that fundamental knowledge while working toward
expertise in the discipline. This workshop will begin with a brief
review of the basic concepts and will continue with the student applying
those concepts in mock crime scene settings. The crime scenes with the
associated clothing and physical evidence will be
completely analyzed through documentation and stain selection, report
writing and verbal presentation and defense of findings. In doing so,
the entire BPA methodology will be practiced and employed, including the
consideration of autopsy findings and forensic biology reports. Case
specific limitations, quality
assurance and context bias will be addressed throughout the workshop.

For more information, follow this link to a more detailed class
description
, or,
contact LeeAnn Singley or Andy Kehm:

LeeAnn Singley
Grayson Singley Associates, LLC
717-554-3739
lsingleygsa@msn.com

Andy Kehm, Program Director
Northeast Forensic Training Center
484-201-1054
akehm@northampton.edu

 

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Fabrics Workshop

Dates: March 24-28, 2014
Northeast Forensic Training Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Instructors: Mark Reynolds, PhD. and Ted Silenieks


This advanced level course is designed for practitioners who routinely
examine bloodstained fabrics and other textiles and are required to
assess, interpret and report on bloodstain patterns as part of those
examinations. The course builds upon fundamental knowledge of the
forensic discipline of BPA and is designed to facilitate an improved
level of examination, interpretation and reporting with respect to those
bloodstain patterns.  Subject content will review the underpinning
principles of BPA, and apply these principles to the analysis and
interpretation of bloodstains on fabrics and other textiles. The primary
focus of the course is to develop those skills required for the
examination of bloodstain patterns found on clothing items commonly
encountered in an investigation.
Prior completion of a 40 hour basic workshop in Bloodstain Pattern
Analysis is required for admittance into this course.
 
For more information, follow this link to a more detailed class
description
, or,
contact LeeAnn Singley or Andy Kehm:

LeeAnn Singley
Grayson Singley Associates, LLC
717-554-3739
lsingleygsa@msn.com

Andy Kehm, Program Director
Northeast Forensic Training Center
484-201-1054
akehm@northampton.edu

 

An Introduction to Digital Imaging

November 13 - 15, 2013
Lincoln, Nebraska
Sponsored by: Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab (collaborating with Foray technologies)

This three-day course provides hands-on training focused on the basic concepts and techniques for analyzing forensic digital images. The class will deliver the firm foundation of digital imaging concepts analysts need to understand and convey digital image enhancement, as well as significant hands-on experience with the most commonly used image enhancement tools. Students will learn: how to scale digital images for accurate life-size outputs, the recommended procedures for enhancing various types of images for maximum image quality and contrast, how and when to apply different techniques to remove background noise, and how to enhance contrast to bring out image detail that is barely visible to the human eye. They will also prepare proof sheets, court exhibits and more. The class covers the fundamental forensic digital imaging concepts and how these concepts can aid in the investigative process; and participants will be asked to apply this learning in practical exercises using their own forensic images.

The instructor for the class is David Witzke. He has more than 20 years of digital imaging and AFIS experience, and is considered an expert in forensic digital image processing technologies, techniques and training. Register soon as class size is limited. Registration will close mid-October.

For more information, contact:

Lynn Slaughter, Foray Technologies, (619) 858-1360, ext 517

Or, see the registration forms here or at Foray.com here.


National Traffic Safety Summit:  Bringing Law Enforcement, Crime Labs and  Prosecutors Together

OCTOBER 14-17, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sponsored by:  the National Criminal Enforcement Association, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office;

During this one-of-a-kind training event:  a section of Interstate 44 between Tulsa and Claremore, Oklahoma will be closed and the roadway will be used to stage a live car crash. Participants will watch the crash, investigate it thoroughly, and prepare for court.  Participants will see the live crash, will work with crash data all week, and look at it from the perspectives of law enforcement disciplines, forensic sciences, and officers of the court. This will involve the staged live vehicle crash itself, accident scene photography, electronic scene mapping, evidence collection and preservation, post-collision vehicle inspection, vehicle data recovery, working with forensic laboratories , case file preparation, courtroom preparation, courtroom testimony, and more.  The collected data, photographs , crime lab reports, analysis of serology, imprinting on air bags, and crash data recorders will be uploaded into a drop box account for participants.

The case will be worked from crash to prosecution, by law enforcement, crime lab personnel, and prosecutors, cradle to grave, over the four days.

For more specific information on the event, please click the following links:
Course Registration Information | Event Description | Day-by-day Class Schedule

 

 Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop 

September 23-27, 2013
Instructors: Toby Wolson, MS and LeeAnn Singley, MS
Northeast Forensic Training Center, Bethlehem, PA

This advanced level course is designed for practitioners who have successfully
completed basic instruction in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, and who desire to
build toward greater expertise in the discipline. The workshop will begin with a
brief review of the basic concepts of BPA and will require the student to apply
those concepts in mock crime scene settings. The crime scenes, with their associated
clothing and physical evidence, will be completely processed. This will involve BPA
documentation,stain selection, bloodstain pattern analysis, report writing, verbal
presentation of findings, and defense of those findings. In this way, the entire range of
BPA methodology will be practiced and employed. Some cases will involve the
consideration of autopsy findings and forensic biology reports. All cases will involve
discussion of case specific analytical limitations, quality assurance and context bias.

For more information, click here, or, contact LeeAnn Singley or Andy Kehm:

LeeAnn Singley
Grayson Singley Associates, LLC
717-554-3739
lsingleygsa@msn.com

Andy Kehm, Program Director
Northeast Forensic Training Center
484-201-1054
akehm@northampton.edu

 

Shooting Incident Reconstruction Course

August 28-30, 2013 3 Days (24 hrs)
Instructor: Michael G. Haag [ www.forensicfirearms.com]

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Criminalistics Laboratory
11890 Sunset Drive, Olathe, Kansas 66061

This 3-day course is designed for Crime Scene Investigators, Criminalists, Firearm Examiners, ID Techs and Crime Scene/Homicide Detectives. This course has frequent LIVE-FIRE components to it! You will see exactly how the evidence at shooting scenes is generated.

The course will cover: practical, hands-on trajectory measurement techniques and comparison of known impact angles to measured angles in walls, cars, other objects and materials; training in correct usage of trajectory analysis equipment (rods, lasers, protractors, and more); a review of the small arms ammunition and projectile design characteristics critical to shooting reconstruction; a review of common questions and issues in shooting incidents (with numerous case illustrations); instruction in shooting incident investigation and reconstruction procedures; the properties of specific terminal ballistic events (shot sequence, direction of fire, etc.); examination of the projectile penetration, perforation, and deflection characteristics of: sheet metal, glass, wall materials, wood, tires, and more!; laboratory examination of recovered bullets from a reconstructive standpoint – and more.

For more information on: class content, student-supplied class materials, certificates, testing and other matters, please follow this link to a background PDF/class announcement and follow its instructions.  Or, contact

Ryan M. Rezzelle, MFS, CSCSA
Supervisor, Crime Scene Investigation Section
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Criminalistics Laboratory
11890 S. Sunset Drive     Olathe, KS 66061
Ryan.Rezzelle@jocogov.org       http://www.jocosheriff.org
(W) 913-826-3268   (C) 816-210-5433   Fax 913-826-3286

 

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Fabrics

July 29- August 2, 2013
Instructors: Mark Reynolds, PhD. and Ted Silenieks
Northeast Forensic Training Center, Bethlehem, PA
First time offered for open enrollment in the United States!

This advanced level course is designed for practitioners who routinely examine
bloodstained fabrics and other textiles,  and who are required to assess, interpret and
report on bloodstain patterns as part of those examinations. The course builds upon
fundamental knowledge of the forensic discipline of BPA and is designed to
facilitate an improved level of BPA examination, interpretation and reporting.
The primary focus of the course is to develop the skills required
for the examination of bloodstain patterns found on clothing items commonly
encountered in an investigation. Prior completion of a 40 hour basic
workshop in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis is required for admittance into this course.

For more information, click here, or,
contact LeeAnn Singley or Andy Kehm:

LeeAnn Singley
Grayson Singley Associates, LLC
717-554-3739
lsingleygsa@msn.com

Andy Kehm, Program Director
Northeast Forensic Training Center
484-201-1054
akehm@northampton.edu

 

Bugs and Bones Forensic Workshop

July 15th — July 18th, 2013

Instructors:
BUGS: Dr. Neal Haskell, Ph.D. [http://www.saintjoe.edu/academics/biology/haskell.html]
BONES: Dr. Michael Finnegan, Ph.D. [http://ksuanth.weebly.com/finnegan.html]

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Criminalistics Laboratory
11890 Sunset Drive, Olathe, Kansas 66061

This 4-day course addresses ENTOMOLOGY AND ATHROPOLOGY — and the information they may provide to forensic investigations. This class is designed as an introduction,  and is geared towards Crime Scene Responders, Medical Examiners, Coroners, Death Investigators, Detectives, Forensic Nurses, Attorneys, and others seeking greater understanding of the forensic use of BUGS AND BONES. Participating students will receive information on: proper scene documentation (photography and measurements); documentation of climate, weather and environmental conditions; procedural steps in the collection and documentation of BUGS AND BONES; the impact of entomology and anthropology on a forensic investigation; and, case examples presented by the instructors. HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES will occupy about 1/2 of the total class time.

Please follow this link to a background PDF/class announcement, and follow its instructions.

For additional information, please contact:

Ryan M. Rezzelle, MFS, CSCSA
Supervisor, Crime Scene Investigation Section
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Criminalistics Laboratory
11890 S. Sunset Drive     Olathe, KS 66061
Ryan.Rezzelle@jocogov.org       http://www.jocosheriff.org
(W) 913-826-3268   (C) 816-210-5433   Fax 913-826-3286


Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

June 3-7, 2013
Instructor: LeeAnn Singley, MS
Northeast Forensic Training Center, Bethlehem, PA

This introductory workshop provides the foundation for bloodstain
pattern analysis. During this 40 hour course, the participant will learn
the basics of bloodstain pattern analysis and gain an understanding
of how valuable this forensic discipline can be to investigations
involving bloodshed. Hands on experiments and practical exercises will
be conducted throughout the week and will be supplemented with lecture
in order to sufficiently convey the material.The course curriculum conforms
to therecommended basic course standards established by The International
Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA).

For more information, click here, or,
contact LeeAnn Singley or Andy Kehm:

LeeAnn Singley
Grayson Singley Associates, LLC
717-554-3739
lsingleygsa@msn.com

Andy Kehm, Program Director
Northeast Forensic Training Center
484-201-1054
akehm@northampton.edu

 

June 4-5, 2013 on NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland or via Webcast

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a free workshop & webcast for forensic science professionals.

There will be no registration fee to attend or view via live webcast.
A draft agenda is posted for this event.

Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference & Live Webcast

The Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis Conference will take place on June 4-5, 2013, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. This meeting will be to enhance the current state of forensic handwriting analysis through the use of advancements in measurement science and the latest research investments in quantitative analysis capabilities. NIST is coordinating the event in collaboration with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences – Questioned Document Section, the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners; the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, the National Institute of Justice, and the Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination.

For more information and to register to attend or view the webcast go to:

www.nist.gov/oles/handwriting.cfm

If you wish to attend the onsite workshop, you will be responsible for your own travel, lodging, and per diem.

 

 

April 30 – May 1, 2013 on NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland or view via live webcast

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a free upcoming workshop & webcast for forensic science professionals.

There will be no registration fee to attend or view via live webcast.   A draft agenda is posted for this event.

DEA/NIST collaboration Emerging Trends in Synthetic Drugs Workshop & Live Webcast

On April 30-May 1, 2013, we will explore the emerging trends in the forensic analysis of three types of designer drugs: synthetic cannabinoids, substituted cathinones, and novel hallucinogens. NIST is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in this workshop to highlight: current efforts to regulate synthetic drugs; the types of synthetic drugs being encountered across the country; methods employed to validate physical standards for emerging synthetic drugs; different databases available to assist with synthetic drug analysis; current research studies in the synthetic drug analysis arena; and pitfalls commonly encountered during analysis and interpretation.

For more information and to register to attend or view the webcast go to:

www.nist.gov/oles/synthetic_drugs.cfm

If you wish to attend the onsite workshop, you will be responsible for your own travel, lodging, and per diem. 

 

 

April 12, 2013 on NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland or via live webcast

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is offering a free workshop & webcast for forensic science professionals.

If you decide to attend the onsite workshops, individuals will be responsible for their own travel, lodging, and per diem.  A draft agenda is posted for this event.

Forensic DNA Mixture Interpretation Workshop & Live Webcast

On April 12, 2013, NIST will host a free eight-hour workshop & webcast on interpreting forensic DNA mixtures in casework.  Topics to be covered include: why working with DNA mixtures is difficult, what approaches are being used around the world to cope with complex mixtures, how validation studies should guide mixture interpretation protocols, and what statistical methods are appropriate in different situations. Multiple examples will be worked during the workshop/webcast to illustrate the fundamental principles of mixture interpretation.

For more information and to register to attend or view the webcast go to:

www.nist.gov/oles/forensics/dna-analyst-training-on-mixture-interpretation.cfm

If you wish to attend the onsite workshop, you will be responsible for your own travel, lodging, and per diem. 


Monday April 08, 2013 – Friday April 12, 2013 (8am – 4 pm)
Introduction to Composite Art

Sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff Forensic Services Division in Omaha, NE
Instructed by Charles T. Jackson - Patrolman / Forensic Artist

Introduction to Composite Art includes exposing students to all aspects of getting a composite art unit started, the tools of the trade, interview techniques specific to the skill, and emphasizes the transition of selected reference images by a victim or witness into a composite image with a heightened degree of effectiveness. 40 hours of training in all.

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MFRC Training and Transitions

The MFRC provides forensic science training, professional development, and forensic technology transition opportunities in the Midwest and around the nation.

Its training function has delivered existing training, and has also initiated innovative training and professional development projects. The MFRC’s Transition projects are run in partnership with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence. This is managed by RTI (the Research Triangle Institute, International) under an agreement with the National Institute of Justice.

MFRC Training and Transitions are developed and delivered in collaboration with working forensic scientists and forensic science organization.

Transitions

MFRC Transitions projects reduce the risks that forensic scientists and laboratories may perceive, when faced with the need to implement new instruments, analytical techniques, laboratory processes or other innovations. It does this by webcasting technology transition roundtables in which men and women who work in forensic laboratories describe their experiences implementing the new. 

 

Training Provided

The MFRC has provided training to individuals who work in publicly-funded crime laboratories and law enforcement.

  • Most of the MFRC’s training programs were delivered in the Midwest, to increase regional access to professional development and training opportunities.
  • The MFRC covered trainees’ costs of registration, per diem, travel and lodging; both to contribute to the professional development of the field and to reduce the overall cost of training for crime laboratories and forensic scientists.
  • Training programs were suggested for delivery or development by members of the MFRC’s Advisory Group, the MFRC’s crime laboratory partners, individual forensic scientists, and forensic professional associations. 
  • On average, the MFRC delivered one training program per month.  
  • Past training includes: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Forensic Toxicology, Crime Scene Reconstruction, FTIR Analyses, Footwear Impression Evidence, Forensic Applications of Molecular Chemical Imaging, Textile Fiber Examination, Forensic Applications of Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectroscopy(DART), Distance Determination via Gunshot Residue Analysis, Basic Hair Examination, Analysis of Low Explosives, Business Process Mapping for Laboratory Quality Assurance Managers, and Basic Courtroom Testimony.

 

Training Developed

The MFRC developed training that addresses new topics, improved existing programs, or employed innovations in training delivery; most of this in collaboration with its training partners.

  • Training programs were suggested for development by members of the MFRC’s Advisory Group, the MFRC’s Midwest crime laboratory partners, individual forensic scientists, and forensic professional associations.
  • Examples of collaboratively-developed classes include: an Advanced Trace Evidence Symposium, Forensic Applications of Molecular Chemical Imaging Technology, a Symposium on Forensic Drug Chemistry, the Forensic Analysis of Low Explosives, Application of Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometry to Forensic Analyses, Raman Spectroscopy for Forensic Scientists, Measurement Uncertainty in Forensic Laboratories, a Symposium on Advanced Issues in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, and Best Practices in Crime Laboratory Management.
  •  Examples of training developed for DVD and download include: High Speed Images of Four Blood Spatter Experiments, Questioned Documents at the Crime Scene, Video Highlights of Bloodstain Formation by Common Bloodletting Mechanisms, Forensic Analysis of GHB and 1,4 - BD, an  Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Capillary Electrophoresis, Crime Laboratory Ethics, Mass Spectrometry, Crime Laboratory Quality Assurance for Managers and Supervisors, and Fundamentals of Expert Witness Direct Examination. 

 

Program Manager: Todd Zdorkowski -  Ph:(515) 294-5640   Fax: (515) 294-4748
Program Assistant: Melinda Schlosser   -  Ph:(515) 296-6372   Fax: (515) 294-4748