This training program is delivered in four modules:
- Types of Evidence.
- Crime Scenes.
- Evidence Collection.
- Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).
Those modules introduce and describe the following key concepts:
- Types of physical evidence frequently encountered at a property crime scene.
- Methods used to maintain the integrity of evidence.
- Types of crime scenes and the methods used to search and document crime scenes.
- Process used to collect, mark, and package biological evidence.
- Crime scene reporting.
- CODIS operated databases
The objectives of the course are to educate senior-level law enforcement decisionmakers on the policy and practice issues associated with the effective use of DNA analysis so they will have the knowledge to:
- Streamline investigative processes
- Implement best practices for handling "cold hits"
- Identify the probative value of evidence and prioritize DNA evidence
- More effectively leverage limited resources
- Interact more efficiently with crime laboratories to set expectations and manage caseloads
- Understand the time and resources required from the lab to test different categories of evidence
- Avoid the steep costs that can impact the agency, the public and the practitioner's career if procedures aren't properly implemented.
Certificate of Completion available. No credits offered.