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Gunshot Residue and Distance Determination
E440
This is a 5-day (40 hour) course.  Students will learn how to document, preserve, and interpret Gunshot Residue patterns on a variety of materials.  The course will be broken up into lecture, practical exercises, mock case scenarios - which they will process and write reports detailing their findings and opinions.  The following topics will be covered:  History of processing items for distance determination; Current literature relating to distance determination and GSR pattern testing; Documentation techniques (traditional and digital) for processing evidence items; Preparation of chemicals and reagents to be used in analyzing items for GSR patterns; Evaluation of different paper types available for the Modified Griess Test; Cleaning techniques for removing blood from materials; Variability in patterns based on type of firearm used, material the pattern is on, angles of the firearm and material when the firearm discharged; Examining the variability in ammunition styles including Lead-Free ammunition; Evaluation of possible scenarios based on the examination and analysis of the evidence; Report writing styles and range of conclusions; and Incorporating uncertainty into Distance Determination to meet ANAB standards.  Students will process items of mock evidence and document their findings using:  Modified Griess test; Sodium Rhodizonate test; Dithiooxamide test; Conventional photography; Infrared photography; Microscopy; and worksheets and notes.

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Dates Dates: Next class is Nov 4-8, 2019 in Rancho Cordova. Please add your name to the waitlist so we can determine student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 40 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 178 wait spaces available
Ammunition Reloading- Forensic Identification Issues
E451
A three-day (24-hour) course teaching forensic identification issues related to reloaded ammunition. This class is for the experienced/
journey level firearm-toolmark examiner. A blend of lecture, class discussion, individual exercises, and factory tours make up this course.

Objectives: Recognize reloaded and remanufactured cartridges. Assess uniqueness of toolmarks produced by reloading tools. Assess uniqueness of toolmarks produced by bullet molds.

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Dates Dates: Next class is Aug 27-29, 2019. Please add your name to the waitlist so we can determine student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 24 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 183 wait spaces available
Analysis of Explosives
C152
This is a 5-day (36 hour) class. The class is for beginners and those with some experience or background in explosives analysis. The class will demonstrate how to handle a case involving low explosives or intact high explosives from start to finish. The content will include the starting point, analysis of intact explosive materials, show to recover analyte from post blast debris samples, how to identify common oxidizers and select fuels, how to process and interpret analytical data, how to form and evaluate conclusions, and recommendations on generating a report. Practical laboratory exercises will be emphasized. Evidence storage, preservation, and safety considerations will also be addressed. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic scientists employed by law enforcement or public safety agencies who currently perform or will be performing analysis of oxidizers and fuels in pyrotechnics and low explosives, post blast low explosive products, and intact high explosives. This course will not cover post blast high explosives.

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Dates Dates: Please add your name to the wait list for this course so we can gauge student demand.
Credits Credits: 36 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 188 wait spaces available
Analysis of Ignitable Liquids
C151
This is a 4-day class. It is a class for beginners. This class will demonstrate how to handle a case involving ignitable liquids and/or fire debris from start to finish. It will address how to get started, how to recover analyte from fire-related debris samples, how to identify common ignitable liquids using GCMS, how to process and interpret analytical data, how to form and evaluate conclusions, and how to generate a report. Practical laboratory exercises will be emphasized. Evidence storage and safety considerations will also be addressed. This course is intended for criminalists and forensic scientists employed by law enforcement or public safety agencies who currently perform or will be performing analysis of ignitable liquids and debris from fire scenes.

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Dates Dates: Putting your name on the wait list allows us to gauge student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 32 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 188 wait spaces available
Analysis of Synthetic Cannabinoids
C205
This two day course presents methods via instrumentation (GCMS, FTIR) to analyze synthetic cannabinoids using synthetic cannabinoid drug reference standards. Class work also consists of data review.

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Dates Dates: Next class is scheduled for Sept 30- Oct 1, 2019 in Ripon, CA. Please add your name to the waitlist so we can gauge student interest in order to schedule more classes.
Credits Credits: 16 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 182 wait spaces available
Basic Practical Microscopy
M101
This one-week (38 hour) course will familiarize students with the microscopy equipment common to most modern crime labs. The course will enable students to select the most appropriate equipment and techniques and to make basic observations of the physical and optical properties of common evidential materials. This class will focus on the proper use and operation of the compound microscope. This course is intended for criminalists involved in microscopy and trace evidence work. Note: This class or its equivalent is a prerequisite for CCI courses on Hair, Fiber, and Advanced Microscopy classes.

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Dates Dates: Please add your name to the wait list so we can gauge student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 38 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 184 wait spaces available
Biological Evidence Examination
R109
This 5-day (40 hour) course is designed to teach the analyst the methods used to locate and identify body fluids. The course will cover the tests commonly used in the forensic field: description and scientific basis, strengths and weaknesses, choice of testing procedures (analytical scheme), test interpretation, and preservation of biological evidence. The course will emphasize the testing of blood, semen, and saliva, but sweat and urine will also be covered, and vaginal secretions and fecal material will be discussed.

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Dates Dates: Next scheduled classes are Nov 18-22, 2019 in Rancho and May 18-22, 2020 in LA. Please add your name to the waitlist so we can gauge student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 40 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 186 wait spaces available
Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation
S201
APPLICANTS MUST BE EMPLOYED AS A CRIMINALIST OR FORENSIC SCIENTIST IN AN ACCREDITED LABORATORY OR A TECHNICIAN WITH A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY ASSIGNED TO CRIME SCENE PROCESSING.
This one-week (38-hour) course is designed to provide the student with the concepts of bloodstain pattern examination and interpretation. Students will learn the processes of observation, description, documentation, and the processes employed to determine how bloodstain patterns originate and how they can be used in crime scene reconstruction.
Topics will include: the history and legal issues surrounding the science of the bloodstain pattern interpretation, commonly used descriptive terms, foundational knowledge of blood dynamics, bloodstain patterns and their origins, how different surfaces affect bloodstain patterns, documentation of patterns through written and photographic methods, and the considerations of weapon/wound correlation including aggression and the responses to aggression.
Students will be expected to bring a camera with storage medium in order to document the many bloodstains and patterns generated during the class.
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Dates Dates: Next class is May 4-8, 2020 in Rancho Cordova. Please add your name to the wait list so we can gauge student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 38 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 142 wait spaces available
Butane Honey Oil Laboratories
C115
This 1-day (six hour) class will present information on butane honey oil (BHO) laboratories. The class will discuss what BHO is, facts regarding BHO lab investigations, explosions, and BHO trends. The instructors will discuss the extraction methods, including closed loop systems, and will have displays of paraphernalia commonly found in laboratories. The class will discuss safety precautions that should be taken at a BHO laboratory. The instructors will share their experience in what is needed for successful prosecution of BHO labs, including evidence collection.

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Dates Dates: Adding your name to the wait list allows us to gauge student demand for this course and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 6 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 165 wait spaces available
Case Approach Workshop
R107
This workshop provides conceptual tools for the forensic practitioner to use in making the everyday decisions upon which the development of sound and defensible scientific information rests. Doing a thorough job on a case does not mean examining everything or doing all possible analyses. Upon completion of this workshop, the participants should have the principles -- and a logical framework -- for making decisions about the focus, priority, and sequence of examinations and when the work can be considered done. The suggested approach is grounded in understanding the case context and is directed toward providing information that addresses the overall case issues.

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Dates Dates: Please add your name to the waitlist so we can gauge student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 8 CE Contact Hours
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Status Status: 185 wait spaces available
Cognitive and Human Factors in Forensic Decision Making
A180
DESCRIPTION: The course covers brain and cognitive issues relating to forensic science. It then connects the cognitive issues to practical and specific issues in forensic decision making. In addition to knowledge about the cognitive factors in forensic decision making, the course also provides practical solutions to address weaknesses, as well as best practices to enhance forensic practices. More details are available at: www.cci-hq.com

INTENDED AUDIENCE: This course is aimed at forensic examiners, quality assurance units, crime scene investigators, and managers across the forensic science domains. The training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level staff.

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Dates Dates: This class will be offered twice in April 2020: Once at CCI-Los Angeles; and once at BFS Richmond. Please add your name to the waitlist so we can gauge student demand and schedule future classes.
Credits Credits: 16 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 159 wait spaces available
Courtroom Presentation of DNA Evidence
A109

This 2-day (16-hour) course is intended for criminalists with prior training and qualifications in forensic DNA analysis, such as casework, missing persons, or data bank programs, who are or may be called to testify in court. The first day will have detailed presentations on the courtroom process followed by presentations on courtroom style and strategies. The second day will be dedicated to moot court exercises. Students will be asked to bring examples of their work that will be used to make direct and cross examinations relevant to their current analytical work.

Course provides students with the communication methods employed by expert witnesses for effective testimony.

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Dates Dates: 2019 class dates to be determined. Waitlisting yourself indicates the student demand for the course and may affect how many classes we can offer.
Credits Credits: 16 CE Contact Hours
Location Location:
Status Status: 165 wait spaces available
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