This course will teach an understanding of the fundamental theories of physical evidence, practical application; and the legal consideration involved in its collection, preservation and presentation in court.
The solution of crime focuses increasingly upon the discovery of various forms of physical evidence at crime scenes and subsequent scientific laboratory analysis. There is a need to improve knowledge of law enforcement personnel in regard to physical evidence. These personnel should be skilled in the recognition of physical evidence and be capable of preserving it for laboratory processing.
The course will culminate with a practical exercise whereby the class will utilize a team approach at a realistic crime scene. Team members will present all their findings the following day to Criminalists who will critique their work. This is a true judge of how well the participants have learned the skills and techniques given in the course.