Advanced Crime Scene Investigation


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Basic Crime Scene Investigation Course is a five-day course taught by Tim Whitfield.  This course includes all the cutting-edge processing for crime scenes.



Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Course is a five-day course taught by Tim Whitfield.  This course includes all the cutting-edge processing for crime scenes.

  • Timothy A. Whitfield Instructor

    Tim Whitfield has been involved in the field of Forensic Science since 1975 when he began his career with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Tim retired from the Sheriff’s Office on December 1, 2004 after serving as the Director of the Forensic Science Section for over 12 years. While in Pinellas, Tim was responsible for a 4-million-dollar forensic budget and commanded a staff of 47 Scientific Investigators – one of the largest forensic response sections in the United States. In July of 2005, after a short retirement, Tim returned to law enforcement and served as the Director of the Scientific Investigation’s Section of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office until his 2nd retirement in 2017. In addition to Tim’s duties in both Pinellas and Hernando, he also doubled as the Team Leader for the Florida Sheriff’s Association State-Wide Forensic Task Force providing major case investigative services to all of Florida’s 67 counties. During Tim’s 42 years in law enforcement, he also served as the State Crime Scene Chairperson for the Florida Division of the International Association of Identification and also sat on the Science and Practices Committee.

    Mr. Whitfield’s background in Forensic Science is extensive. Tim has been an adjunct professor at Saint Petersburg College and St. Leo University where he was instrumental in helping to establish both forensic science programs, having authored and instructed all 6 forensic courses at St. Leo University. Tim has also been an adjunct instructor in Forensic Investigation classes at the Institute of Police Technology and Management out of the University of North Florida since 1987, having taught classes internationally and in over 40 states. Because of his extensive knowledge in the field, Tim has been asked to lecture and instruct classes for numerous law enforcement agencies and organizations to include the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team, the Florida Prosecutor’s Association, the Washington State Police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Rochester Institute of Technology and the United States Treasury Department.

    Tim has had numerous articles published nationally and internationally dealing with such topics as print development on human skin, crime scene analysis, blood print development and applications of light energy.  During Tim’s exhaustive service in law enforcement, he has been accepted in court as an expert in over 10 areas of forensic science to include the physics of light, digital imaging, crime scene analysis, blood stain interpretation, latent print comparison and chemical print development.  As a veteran of over 4 decades in law enforcement, Tim has received numerous awards to include the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office “Excellent Service Award” for his work in the murder investigation of State Wildlife Office Margaret “Peggy Park” and the prestigious “Police Officer of the Year Award” with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Tim was honored in 1998 as the recipient of the Sustained Achievement Award presented by the Florida Division of the International Association of Identification. This honor is one of the most prestigious awards offered by the Association and represents a lifetime of notable accomplishments, excellence and dedication in the field of Forensic Science.

    As a pinnacle to his distinguished career in Forensic Science, Tim was nominated in 2010 by the National Fraternal Order of Police to serve on President Obama’s White House Sub-Committee on Forensic Science in conjunction with the United States Congress.


11 Public Safety Drive, Grand Island, NE

Course Agenda

Day 1
  • Review of Basic Class Information
  • Review of Basic Print Development Methods
  • Review of Presumptive Testing of Body Fluids: Blood, Seminal Fluid Etc,
  • Brief Review of Light Energy Applications at the Crime Scene and in the Lab
  • Latest Information on Private Crime Lab Capabilities (M-Vac, Tooth Enamel, Trace Particles, Etc,)
Day 2
  • Comparison of Basic Latent Print Powders
  • Comparison of Basic Latent Print Luminescent Powders
  • Comparison of Basic Magnetic Powder to Mag Nuclei Powder
  • Time and Conditions for Use of Magnetic Powder versus Chemical Development
  • Comparison of Luminescent Magnetic Powders
  • Comparison of Chemicals Associated with Amino Acid Reactions
Day 3
  • Tool Mark Development and Collection
  • Dust Print Development – Collection and Recording
  • Trace Metal Detection
  • Gun Bluing on Brass
  • Silver Nitrate on Metals
  • Gun Powder Particle Detection
  • Serial Number Restoration
Day 4
  • Print Development on Human Skin Methodology
  • Print Development Methods Using Lipid Association (Attachment/Reaction)
  • Ruthenium Tetroxide
  • Physical Developer
  • Enhancing the Prints Developed by Cyanoacrylate Fuming
  • Vacuum Metal Deposition and RUVIS Discussed
  • Comparison of Methods Used for Print Development on Adhesive Surfaces
Day 5
  • What is Blood, Proteins Stains Versus Heme Reacting Chemicals
  • Leuco Crystal Violet
  • Amido Black
  • Crocein Scarlet
  • Presumptive and Human Factoring of Suspected Blood
  • Species Determination From Blood
  • Luminol Versus Blue Star Versus Blue Star Magnum
  • Final Examination

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