Forensic Bomb Blast Recovery Course • May 11-12, 2018 (Gettysburg, PA)

Documentation and Recovery of the Large-Scale, Multiple-Fatality Disaster Scene will be held for two-days in Gettysburg, PA. This two-day course will serve a primer on how to properly process a large-scale, multiple-fatality disaster scene, including large-vehicle (plane, trains, bus crashes), and bomb blast incidents. Topics to be covered include: overview of explosive devices, proper search, documentation and recovery techniques, technological advances in large-scale forensic scene processing, discussion of the variety of evidence to be expected in these incidents, prioritizing evidence notation and recovery.

Day 1 will be lecture-based and will cover the basics of mass disaster, multiple- fatality incident scene processing that will include detailed descriptions for both the National Weldon Spring and Clarence Center Disaster Scene Protocols; cover basics of mapping the disaster scene with electronic Total Stations, Trimble R-8 survey-grade GPS unit, drones and 3D Laser Scanning instruments. Basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), will also be covered.

Day 2 will start off with a detonation of explosives in a car containing animal proxies. Students will have an opportunity to participate and use all of the mapping and documentation equipment, and perform duties as note-takers, photographers, and bar-code scanners and etc., during the processing of the scene.

Participants will receive a course manual and certificate of attendance.

The price is $595/student.

To register for this course, CLICK HERE.

Outdoor Forensic Scene Processing Protocols for LE: Part I • July 9-11, 2018 (Gettysburg, PA)

This 3-day course will demonstrate the basics of processing outdoor forensic scenes with a focus on surface-scattered human remains. In-depth lectures and discussion of past forensic cases will be mixed with ample hands-on opportunities to practice documentation and recovery techniques. The course will focus on law enforcement issues.

Day 1 will provide an introduction to the fields of forensic anthropology, archaeology and taphonomy as a way to approach the complex outdoor forensic scene in order to best reconstruct past events (including estimation of PMI) at the scene. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will introduction participants to outdoor scene mapping procedures ranging from hand-drawn maps, to electronic total stations and GPS maps.

Day 2 will include discussion of effective and efficient search techniques, provide an introductory guide to the determination of forensic significance (e.g., human v. animal tissues); discuss strategy and goals of processing the surface-scattered remains, hands-on opportunities to use the total station and survey-grade GPS units, grid and baseline mapping.

Day 3 will focus on the recovery of a mock outdoor forensic scene. Participants will conduct all of the roles and duties required of the properly processed outdoor, surface-scattered scene. A review of procedures will be conducted at the end of the exercise.

The price is $595/student.

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Outdoor Forensic Scene Processing Protocols for LE: Part II • July 12-14, 2018 (Gettysburg, PA)

Locating, Documenting and Interpreting the Buried Body Feature.

This 3-day course will demonstrate the basics of processing the clandestine grave containing decomposing human remains. In-depth lectures and discussion of past forensic cases will be mixed with ample hands-on opportunities to practice documentation and recovery techniques. The course will focus on law enforcement issues.

Day 1 will provide a review of the fields of forensic anthropology, archaeology and taphonomy as a way to approach the complex outdoor forensic scene in order to best reconstruct past events at the scene. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will review outdoor scene mapping procedures ranging from hand-drawn maps, to electronic total stations and GPS maps. Extensive discussion of past forensic cases involving decomposing buried bodies.

Day 2 will include discussion of effective and efficient buried body documentation methods, as well as excavation techniques that maximize data collection, discuss strategy and goals of processing the buried boy feature, and initial processing of the mock burial feature. Hands-on opportunities to use the electronic total station and survey-grade GPS units, will be provided.

Day 3 will focus on the recovery of a mock outdoor forensic scene that includes a buried body. Participants will conduct all of the roles and duties required of the properly processed outdoor, forensic scene.

The price is $595/student.

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Outdoor Forensic Scene Processing Protocols for LE: Part III • July 26-28, 2018 (Gettysburg, PA)

Documenting and Interpreting the Fatal Fire Scene.

This 3-day course will demonstrate the basics of processing the forensic scene containing a fatal fire victim. In-depth lectures and discussion of past forensic cases will be mixed with ample hands-on opportunities to practice documentation and recovery techniques. The course will focus on law enforcement issues.

Day 1 will provide a review of the fields of forensic anthropology, archaeology and taphonomy as a way to approach the complex outdoor forensic scene in order to best reconstruct past events at the scene. Lectures and hands-on demonstrations will review outdoor scene mapping procedures ranging from hand-drawn maps, to electronic total stations and GPS maps. Extensive discussion of past forensic cases involving fatal fire victims will be presented.

Day 2 will include discussion of effective and efficient fatal fire victim documentation methods, as well as recovery and excavation techniques that maximize data collection, discuss strategy and goals of processing the fatal fire victim. Hands-on opportunities to use the electronic total station and survey-grade GPS units, will be provided.

Day 3 will focus on the recovery of a mock car fire that includes a burned animal carcass proxy. Participants will conduct all of the roles and duties required of the properly processed forensic scene.

The price is $595/student.

To register for this course, CLICK HERE.