Bullet Path and Impact Assessment

This advanced course prepares students to draw conclusions in regard to shooting incidents. Conclusions that can be drawn after completing this course include: direction of force (entry vs. exit), shot sequencing, and angle of impact (both horizontal and vertical). The effects of bullets as they pass through various surfaces as well as the effects of various surfaces on bullets will be studied. In this course the student will learn the correct terminology to be used in regard to shooting incidents as well as the correct way to document, photograph, and measure impact sites.

Required Materials:
Digital camera (DSLR or point and shoot), tripod, flashlight.  For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.

Additional Information:
​Class size is limited to 12 students.
​Casual attire is suggested.

This course has been approved for 6.5 hours of Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

Basic Crime Scene Investigation Techniques
(Lectures Only)


This four day course is designed for individuals who want to learn about the theory of crime scene investigation techniques, but have no need for the hands-on practical portion, such as command staff, medical examiners, lawyers, or students. The course consists of the same lectures that are covered in the hands-on course, however, there are no practicals conducted.  This course covers the same areas as listed above, including:

Crime Scene Photography
Evidence Identification, Collection, and Preservation
Latent Fingerprint Processing
DNA processing
Impression Evidence Recovery
Legal Issues
Crime Scene Management
Note-Taking and Report Writing
Bullet Path and Impact Analysis

Required Materials:
None

Additional Information:
Class size is only limited to the number of seats available in the classroom.
Business casual attire is suggested.

Crime Scene Basics

This course covers the fundamentals of crime scene investigation every investigator should know and provides a solid foundation for any investigator.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for two (2) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

Fingerprint Evidence Recovery

This course covers the fundamentals of fingerprint evidence including what it is, where it is most commonly located, how to properly locate and process items for it and how to properly recover it.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for four (4) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

Advanced Crime Scene Photography

This one day course is designed for individuals who have a basic understand of their camera functions, but would like a more in-depth knowledge of how to properly use their camera and deal with common issues.  The course consists of photography lectures followed immediately with practical exercises to reinforce the lecture material.  This course covers photography topics such as:

Advanced Camera Functions
Special Circumstances Photography

Required Materials:
Digital SLR camera, standard 18-50mm or 18-100mm lens, 50mm Macro lens, external flash, flash sync cord, tripod, and flashlight. For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.

Additional Information:
Class size is limited to 15 students.  Early enrollment is recommended.
Casual attire is suggested.
This course has been approved for six (6) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

​​Basic Crime Scene Photography

This two day course is designed for individuals who need less of the scene processing skills and more of the photography skills. The course consists of photography lectures followed immediately with practical exercises to reinforce the lecture material. This course covers photography topics such as:


Basic Camera Functions

Flash Photography
Crime Scene Photography Composition

Required Materials:
Digital SLR camera, standard 18-50mm or 18-100mm lens (or equivalent), external flash, flash sync cord, tripod, and flashlight. For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.

Additional Information:
Class size is limited to 15 students.  Early enrollment is recommended.
Casual attire is suggested.
This course has been approved for fourteen (14) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.


 
 


Scale and Lowlight Photography

This two day course is designed for individuals who have a basic understand of their camera functions, but would like a more in-depth knowledge of how to properly use their camera to capture comparison quality images to be used to make identifications.  Additionally, the course also focuses on how to properly use your camera in low-light and night-time conditions and how to deal with common issues in these environments.  The course consists of photography lectures followed immediately with practical exercises to reinforce the lecture material. This course covers photography topics such as:

Scale Photography
Low-light Photography

Nighttime Photography

Required Materials:
Digital SLR camera, standard 18-50mm or 18-100mm lens, 50mm Macro lens, external flash, flash sync cord, tripod, and flashlight. For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.

Additional Information:
Class size is limited to 15 students.  Early enrollment is recommended.
Casual attire is suggested.
This course has been approved for eight (8) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

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​​In-House Training

Many of the above listed courses are offered as an in-house training also.  If you have employees in need of training we can bring our training to you.  This type of training is great for larger departments with multiple crime scene investigators, but the expense of sending them to training is prohibitive, as well as smaller departments that simply cannot allow their few officers/crime scene investigators to go to training due to man-power issues.  If you are in either of these situations and would like to host a training then feel free to contact us for more details.  We will do our best to accommodate your schedules and still provide quality training.


Note-Taking and Report Writing

This course covers the fundamentals of on-scene note-taking and how to adequately relay those notes into a comprehensive, understandable report to be used in trial.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for one (1) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hour.

Basic Bloodstain Pattern Documentation

This basic course introduces the students to the various concepts and techniques utilized in bloodstain pattern analysis. Accurate reconstruction cannot be achieved without appropriate documentation at the scene. In this course the student will learn the different types of patterns that are typically associated with blood-shedding events as well as the correct way to document, photograph, and measure the patterns so the best possible reconstruction can be achieved later.

Required Materials:
Digital camera (DSLR or point and shoot), tripod, flashlight. For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.

Additional Information:
​Class size is limited to 12 students.
​Casual attire is suggested.

This course has been approved for four (4) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

2-D & 3-D Impression Recovery

This course covers the documentation and recovery of impression evidence at crime scenes including: shoe impressions, tire impressions, bitemarks, and toolmarks in dust, mud/dirt, and sand.  Upon completion of the course, students will be able to accurately document and recover impressions using a variety of techniques such as casting and gelatin lifters.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for three (3) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.


​​​To register for any of our courses please complete the registration form below and email it to training@optimumforensics.com


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​​Basic Crime Scene Investigation Techniques
(Lectures and Practicals)


This two-week course is designed for both new and experienced crime scene investigators, officers, detectives, medical investigators, students., or anyone assigned with the task of processing crime scenes. The course consists of lectures which are immediately followed by practical exercises designed to reinforce the concepts/techniques the students learn during the lecture.  This course covers multiple areas of crime scene investigation including:

Crime Scene Photography
Evidence Identification, Collection, and Preservation
Latent Fingerprint Processing
DNA processing
Impression Evidence Recovery
Legal Issues
Crime Scene Management
Note-Taking and Report Writing
Bullet Path and Impact Analysis

Required Materials:
Digital SLR camera, standard 18-50mm or 18-100mm lens, 50mm Macro lens, external flash, flash sync cord, tripod, and flashlight. For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.

Additional Information:
Class size is limited to 16 students. Early enrollment is recommended.
Casual attire is suggested.
This course meets requirements for Missouri P.O.S.T. credit hours.

Sequential Processing

This course covers the basics of crime scene processing and the systematic and methodological approach that should be taken during the processing of a crime scene.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for one (1) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hour.


 

Sketching and Diagramming

This course covers the art of crime scene sketching and measuring relevant items of evidence.  It also covers the creation of computer-based diagrams that accurately depict the scene as it was found.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for four (4) Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.

DNA Evidence Recovery

This course covers the fundamentals of DNA evidence including what it is, where it is most commonly located at a crime scene, how to properly recover it, and how to properly package it.


Required Materials:

None


Additional Information:

This course has been approved for 1.5 Missouri P.O.S.T. training credit hours.