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FY2001 Specialized Forensic Science Training Program.

September 1, 2000

Dear Recipient:

I am pleased to provide the FBI Laboratory's Forensic Science Specialized Training Program Catalog for 2001.

This catalog is a compilation of specialized forensic courses offered by the FBI Laboratory to crime laboratory and law enforcement personnel throughout the world. Included in this catalog are an overview of this year's program, course offerings and descriptions, application instructions, and an application form.

The FBI Laboratory continues to enhance the training program, as well as the student record-keeping and selection procedures for its specialized courses. This year, 18 new courses have been added to the program, and three of these are distance learning-based courses. All applications from federal, state, and local crime laboratory and law enforcement individuals must be submitted through their agency supervisors. Applications will be accepted once a year and will remain active only during that training year. Applications must be post-marked no later than October 31, 2000, to be included in the selection and class coordination process. Please review the catalog carefully as there are some programmatic changes that have been implemented for the upcoming year.

I trust that this catalog will be helpful in planning your training program and enable us to help meet the needs of the forensic community.

Dr. Donald M. Kerr

Assistant Director

Laboratory Division

FBI Forensic Science Training Unit Mission Statement and Objectives

To facilitate and provide high quality training and information exchange in the forensic sciences to the FBI, DEA, National Academy, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including crime laboratories.

One objective of the Specialized Forensic Science Training Program is to coordinate state-of-the-art forensic science and crime scene instruction for federal, state, and local law enforcement investigators and crime laboratory scientists and/or technicians.

A second objective of the program is to ensure equitable allocation of training resources.

Goals

Goal 1: Provide a training program that meets the needs of the forensic science and law enforcement community.

As currently offered, the Specialized Forensic Science Training Program is not able to fully meet the needs of the forensic science and law enforcement community. Implementation of an allotment application system has improved the process. However, each year there remain some applicants who are not selected for training.

The revisions to the FY2000 program and extra efforts from instructors have significantly decreased the number of applicants who applied for, but did not receive, training. We will continue to work toward our goal of fulfilling 100 percent of the allotted training slots.

As was the case last year, the allotment system will remain a part of the application process. However, the number, date, and location of courses will not be scheduled until after the application deadline. The schedule will be constructed to meet the training needs identified by the received applications. Although under-enrolled courses will not be offered, affected agencies will be provided a re-enrollment opportunity to avoid loosing the allotted training position.

Goal 2: Build strong relationships with local and state law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories.

Academy bed space and student travel funding limitations are barriers that have resulted in reduced training opportunities. Coordination with local and state agencies in centralized geographic areas will be pursued as host locations for off-site training courses. This cooperative effort will allow for additional training and reduction of costs.

Road schools will no longer be provided through special requests, but they will be coordinated to meet the needs of the Forensic Science Specialized Training Program applicants.

Goal 3: Develop new and provide expanded training opportunities through distance learning (e.g., computer-based training).

The 2001 training program includes several distance learning pilot courses. The initiative was taken to help

* accommodate the growing demand for continuing education,

* reduce travel costs,

* minimize the time a learner is away from their agency, and

* utilize new, innovative teaching methods.

FY2001 Training Courses (Click on course number for description)

Arson

* CTU 101 Laboratory Analysis of Fire Debris

* FST 101 Basic Arson Crime Scene Investigation

Bombing

* EXP 101Post-Blast Investigators

Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis

NEW DISTANCE LEARNING

* FSR 100 Fundamentals of Forensic Chemistry

* FSR 102 Chromatographic Methods in Forensic Science

ROAD SCHOOL ONLY

* FSR 115 Scanning Electron Microscopy in Forensic Science

* FSR 130 Infrared Spectrometry for Trace Analysis

* MAT 101 Forensic Analysis of Paint

NEW

* MAT 103 Forensic Analyses of Pressure Sensitive Tapes

* MAT 111 Instrumental Analysis of Explosives and Explosive Residues

Crime Scene

* FST 135 Investigating Child Abuse and Exploitation Training Seminar

DISTANCE LEARNING

* FST 137 Forensic Evidence in Child Abuse Cases

NEW DISTANCE LEARNING

* FST 139 Fundamentals of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

* FST 140 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis for Examiners/Analysts

NEW

* FST 145 Bloodstain Pattern Analysis for Documentation and Collection of Blood Evidence

* FST 150 Crime Scene Survey, Documentation, and Diagramming

DISTANCE LEARNING

* FST 165 Basic Crime Scene Management

NEW

* FST 170 Rape and Serial Rape Investigations

DNA

NEW DISTANCE LEARNING

* DNA 150 Fundamentals of Forensic Biology

* DNA 164 Short Tandem Repeat (STR) Analysis by Capillary Electrophoresis

* DNA 170 Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis

Documents

* DOC 103 Fundamentals of Handwriting Examinations

* DOC 104 Fundamentals of Office Equipment and Printing Processes

NEW

* DOC 105 Moot Court/Daubert Instruction for Questioned Document Examiners

Fingerprints

* LFP 103 Administrative Advanced Latent Fingerprints

NEW

* LFP 105 Latent Print Development Techniques

NEW

* LFP 110 Procedures for Recording Inked Prints

* LFP 120 Fingerprint Expert Testimony

DISTANCE LEARNING

* LFP 130 Friction Ridge Examiner Training

Firearms Identification

NEW ROAD SCHOOL ONLY

* FTU 101 Gunpowder and Gunshot Residue

NEW

* FTU 105 Moot Court for Firearms Examiners

* FTU 111 Techniques in Firearms Identification

* FTU 121 Bullet Trajectory Analysis

Footwear Identification

* DOC 121 Examination of Footwear Impression Evidence

Forensic Support Topics

* SPS 102 Forensic Facial Imaging

* SPS 120 Polygraph Examinations

Forensic Videography

NEW

* AVU 110 Introduction to Forensic Video Technology and the Law

NEW

* AVU 120 Digital Forensic Video Analysis

NEW

* AVU 130 Crime Scene Videography

Photography

* FST 142 Police Photography

* FST 145 Surveillance Photography

* FST 148 Forensic Photography

* FST 160 Digital Imaging of Evidentiary Photography

* LFP 112 Latent Fingerprint Photography

Quality Assurance and Safety

* FSR 150Forensic Laboratory Quality Assurance

* FSR 155 Performing Effective Audits

NEW

* FSR 160 DNA Auditing

NEW

* FSR 165 Forensic Laboratory Health and Safety

Trace Evidence

NEW

* FSR 170 Statistics for Trace Analysis

* MAU 102 Introduction to Hairs and Fibers

NEW

* MAU 130 Fundamentals of Glass Examination

Jane M. Homeyer

Unit Chief

Forensic Science Training Unit

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Quantico, Virginia
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Date:Oct 1, 2000
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