BASIC
CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION

Goal: To provide a working knowledge for first responding personnel in how physical evidence is collected and preserved.

Objective: Trainees will be able to recognize, analyze and preserve evidence found at potential or active crime scenes.

This course will introduce personnel to the various types of physical evidence routinely encountered at crime scenes ranging from simple thefts to homicides. The emphasis of this course will be recognizing and preserving physical evidence. It is essential that first responding personnel understand the significance of physical evidence and how to preserve the evidence so that it can be collected, analyzed and used in judicial proceedings. Due to advances in the field of Forensic Biology, personnel will be introduced to the importance of sterile sampling techniques when dealing with low concentration DNA.

Attendees will be instructed in:

  • Securing the scene
  • Recognizing Physical Evidence
  • Documenting Evidence
  • Collection and preserving of Evidence

All attendees will process a Mock Crime Scene to include documentation of evidence, photography and sketches. Participants will
also demonstrate their ability to collect
items of evidence.




INSTRUCTORS


J. Shane Golden

J. Shane Golden is a Forensic Scientist for the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University and serves as the Technical Leader.  He has been employed with Jacksonville State University since 2012.  He teaches undergraduate level forensic classes for the Department of Criminal Justice.  Prior to his employment at JSU, he was employed at the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in the Implied Consent Division and the Drug Chemistry Division as a Forensic Scientist.  Mr. Golden has over 11 years of crime scene investigation experience. 

Mr. Golden received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Furman University in 2001.  He received an M.S.F.S (Masters of Science in Forensic Science) degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 2004.  He is a Certified Law Enforcement Officer though the Alabama Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission, a Certified Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification, as well as a Certified Fire Investigator I & II through the Alabama Fire College.  

Chris Haney

Chris Haney is an instructor in Criminal Justice. He currently holds a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University and is working on his doctorate degree at the University of Alabama.

Haney worked in the field of law enforcement for twenty-two years. He served time in all areas of police work: patrol, community policing, school resource, investigations, narcotics, and tactical. He worked crimes of sexual and physical abuse and homicide of children for over nine years and spent six years as a supervisor with the Etowah County Drug Task Force. He served as assistant team leader and as the lead hostage negotiator for the Gadsden/Etowah County Joint Special Operations Group. He spent twenty years as a use-of-force instructor. Haney has won several awards including Life-Saver, Public Achievement Awards, and was named Police Officer of the year seven times.

Mark Hopwood

Mark Hopwood is the Senior Forensic Scientist at the Center for Applied Forensics at Jacksonville State University.  He began his career in the forensics field in 1989 as a Forensic Scientist with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences.  In 2012, he transitioned to Jacksonville State University to serve as the Senior Forensic Scientist for the Center for Applied Forensics.  He teaches undergraduate level forensic classes for the Department of Criminal Justice.  He has over 26 years of crime scene experience and still actively processes crime scenes and testifies in judicial proceedings.

Mr. Hopwood received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1988.  He received a M.S.F.S (Master of Science in Forensic Science) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992 and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from Jacksonville State University in 1998.  He is a certified law enforcement officer through the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, a Diplomate through the American Board of Criminalistics, a certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst through the International Association for Identification and certified Fire Investigator I and Fire Investigator II through the Alabama Fire College.


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Cost for this program is $149 and includes a 1 year membership with the ISCPP


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