Introduction to Crime Scenes - "From Scene to Courtroom"

Introduction to Crime Scenes - “From Scene to Courtroom”

Date(s) - Sunday, August 8th – Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Time(s) 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Location:

MLEOTA

3791 Hwy 468 W

Pearl, MS  39208

This is course is designed for officers responding to crime scenes, including violent crime scenes.  The officer will be exposed to various crime scene processing techniques, including fingerprint processing, photographing the scene both in daylight and night time and low-light conditions, including tire tread and shoe tread impressions utilizing oblique lighting techniques. 

Officers will learn the proper means of securing the crime scenes, recognizing potential evidence, proper collection and packaging of evidence, including trace evidence.  Officers will learn the importance of establishing crime scene protocols, documentation of the scene(s)-including sketching/diagramming the crime scene.  Officers will learn how to articulate in written reports, evidence, witnesses/suspect(s), climatological conditions of a scene, as well as bullet/projectile trajectories.  Officers will also learn the importance of blood spatter/cast-off blood and basic interpretation it carries. 

Officers will have instructors with years of experience in crime scene and forensic arenas, including instructors working with the Mississippi Forensic Laboratory, and an instructor from the nationally-acclaimed “National Forensic Academy” located at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville- (home of the famed Body Farm.)  This is a 4 day course, wherein each student will receive classroom materials that can be used as reference material when they return to their agencies to work.  Prosecutors will also instruct on the various courtroom procedures involving testimony, the admittance of items of evidence into court. 

Students report to MLEOTA on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.  

This course is directed to police and sheriff departments.

On a “first-come, first-serve” basis.  This class will fill quickly.

Class is limited to 30 students.

 Cost: $300.00*/per student

*Cost subject to change on July 1, 2021, for new fiscal year

Contact: Mr. Greg Eklund 

Phone (601) 933-2101

Fax (601) 933-2200

Email: GEklund@dps.ms.gov