This CA POST certified 16-hour course was designed as a refresher or preparatory course for all personnel having evidence collection and documentation responsibilities. The course participants will experience the latest in adult learning methods used to facilitate their understanding of how to accurately investigate and document crime scenes while preserving evidence from the initial response to disposition. Learners will apply our Crime Scene Fundamentals to effectively and efficiently document the scene and conduct a better scene investigation with a more careful eye for Evidence Collection and Documentation. Furthermore, through written, oral, and demonstrated assessments, students will leave confident with their abilities to identify items having evidentiary value, deploy appropriate preservation techniques, and to prepare crime scene related reports successfully.
Any witness statements? Where were the witnesses at time of incident?
Photograph/Video Scene Documentation
Photographs of a crime scene record exactly how the scene appeared at the time and how the evidence was found at the scene
Visual record of scene, evidence, and elements
Preliminary Crime Scene Investigation
Collect all available information necessary to document crime scene
Identify and preserve evidence- Inner Perimeter and Outer Perimeter
Listen to the debrief, then look beyond. Often evidence is missed. Expand scene and walk through it. Reevaluate.
Crime Scene Search
A search is a systematic, coordinated effort conducted to locate physical evidence
Do not limit yourself to collecting items you think are evidence. Keep in mind that everything found in a crime scene should be considered evidence.
Search the area again
Evidence and Packaging (Chain of Custody)
Issues to consider with packaging: Wet Evidence, DNA Preservation, Weapons, and Fingerprint Issues
Handling and Collection of Evidence
General Collection Rules
Blood Stain Samples and Controls
DNA Sample Swabs
Buccal Swab (Oral Swab)
Collect a reference DNA swab from suspects and victims.
Date, time, location, description
DNA-Deoxyribonucleic Acid is a substance that is found in the chromosomes in the nucleus of all human cells. It provides the genetic coding information that determines characteristics that are unique to everyone. Blood (Body Fluids)
Hair and Fiber Collection
Weapons Packaging and Processing
GSR- Gun Shot Residue Collection Tips – When and How
Evidence Item Identification – Number Stands
Documentation of Vehicles
Basic report outline
Document dates and times throughout investigation
Weather and lighting conditions at time of incident and changes upon your arrival
Briefing of known circumstances at the time and personnel involved
Scene personnel upon arrival
Outer and inner perimeter units and crime scene tape locations
Personnel as they arrive on scene
General Scene Description
Streets surrounding scene
Compass directions of streets
Area description (residential, commercial, etc.)
Scene Specific description
Specific location description (address, driveway, room etc.)
Evidence location, descriptions, and assigned E/I numbers
Lieutenant Stan McFadden has been with the San Jose Police Department since 1993. Stan is currently assigned to the Bureau of Administration as the Training Commander overseeing In-Service Training, Range Training, and carries the dual role as the San Jose Police Department’s Academy Director. Stan’s previous assignments include: Patrol Watch Commander, Child/Elder Abuse Detective, Gang Investigations Detective, Investigator and Supervisor in the Homicide/Crime Scene Unit, Field Training Officer, and Violent Crimes Enforcement Team Officer.
Crime Scene Fundamentals Instructor
Wakana Okuma has worked as a police officer for the San Jose Police Department since 2001. Wakana is currently assigned to the Homicide/Crime Scene Unit where she investigates homicides, officer-involved incidents, suspicious deaths, and child deaths. She has also previously worked in the Metro Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit. Wakana has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University.
You two are an effective teaching team, and your presentation of the material was consistently interesting, and intelligent without being too intellectualized.
—Michele Keller, Deputy Probation Officer, County of Alameda
Your class gave me the confidence and tools to interview the suspect for over 5 hours and to bring a closure to the case.
—Daniel Phelan, San Jose Police Department
I highly recommend this training for any Probation staff who have the necessity to interview/interrogate individuals for investigation purposes.
—R. Bret Fidler, Santa Clara County Probation Department
Your instructional style is engaging and your tag-team style is highly effective.
—George Laing, Fire Prevention Captain, Investigator
The information that they have presented is highly relevant to my job, and was presented in a manner that was highly organized and very easy to digest.
—Michael McGarvey, California State Prison, San Quentin
Your class has made the greatest and most direct impact on my assignment of any training class that I've taken.
—Ken Gelskey, National City Police Department
...Provides useful tools necessary for assessing the veracity of a suspected child abuser, which goes a long way in helping to protect children.
—Sunny Burgan, MSSW, LCSW, Social Work Supervisor, Santa Clara County DFCS
This was, by far, one of the most useful classes I've attended since becoming an investigator.
—Steven Aiello, Antioch Police Department
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend the Interview and Interrogation training presented by Paul Francois and Enrique Garcia.
—Todd Almason, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office
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—Kimberly Meyer, Washoe County Sheriff's Department