Basic Crime Scene Investigation
(June 17 – 21, 2019)


Dates: June 17th – 21st, 2019

Location: Grand Island, NE

Instructor: Tim Whitfield

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.

Course Agenda

  • Definition of Evidence
  • Two Types of Evidence
  • Two Classes of Physical Evidence
  • The Associative Triangle
  • The Locard Exchange Principle
  • Crime Scene Search Methods – Line, Grid, Spiral, Pie or Wheel, Zone or   Quadrant
  • Location of Evidence – Baseline, Rectangular Coordinate and Triangulation
  • Buccal Swab Collection
  • The History of DNA
  • Presumptive Blood Testing
  • Presumptive Testing of Seminal Fluid
  • Gunshot Residue Collection
  • Packaging of Evidence
  • Introduction to Crime Scene Photography
  • Two Reasons to Take Photographs: To Tell a Story and Evidentiary Comparison
  • Sequential Photography
  • Relationship Photography
  • Casting and Recording of Shoe and Tire Impressions
  • Collection of Tool Marks and Casting of Impressions Using Mikrosil
  • Photography of Impressions
  • Collection of Plant Material for Botanist
  • Collection of Insects for Entomologist
  • The Science and History of Fingerprints
  • Recognition of Ridge Detail
  • Comparison of Ridge Detail
  • 3 Types of Ridge Detail
  • 3 Ways to Develop Prints
  • 3 Conditions That Lead to Print Deterioration
  • Fingerprint Development Using Powder
  • Methods of Lifting Prints
  • Latent Labeling
  • Fingerprint Development Using Magnetic Powder
  • Print Development Using Chemistry
  • Small Particle Reagent
  • Sudan Black
  • Iodine Fuming
  • Ninhydrin
  • Silver Nitrate
  • Oil Red O
  • Ruthenium Tetroxide
  • Print Development on Adhesive Surfaces
  • Cyanoacrylate Fuming
  • Applications of Light Energy
  • Lasers
  • Alternate Light Sources
  • Ultra-Violent Energy
  • Infra-Red Energy
  • Dye staining
  • Processing with Luminescent Powder
  • Introduction to Blood
  • Introduction of Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation
  • Development of Prints in Blood
  • Blood Protein Specific Chemicals
  • Heme – Reacting Chemicals
  • Final Examination

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Tim Whitfield is a seasoned veteran in the field of Forensic Science. He holds degrees in both Forensic Science and Criminology. He has worked for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office for 29 years, managing the Forensic Science Section for 12 years. In 2005 Tim moved to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office where he was the Director of the Scientific Investigations Bureau. He recently retired but continues to teach.