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Forensic Services Training Schedule

This Training is taught by the Bureau of Forensic Services and will require registration by completing a Forensic Training Registration Application. Upon completion, the application can be emailed to SP, PSP FORENSIC SERVICES  or mail it to:

PA STATE POLICE – BUREAU OF FORENSIC SERVICES
TRAINING & TECHNICAL SUPPORT SECTION – COURSE REGISTRATION
1800 ELMERTON AVENUE
HARRISBURG, PA 17110 

Upon receipt of the application, the applicant will receive a registration confirmation/denial email within 15 business days. The training is at no cost to the student.  Lodging and meals are not provided.

All Applicants must be law enforcement officers with current or anticipated forensic-related duties related to the Course or be an employee of a law enforcement agency and have forensic-related duties. Determinations of acceptance into a Training Course shall be made on a case by case basis by the Supervisor of the Training and Technical Support Section.  


Fall 2019 Training Schedule


Advanced Latent Print Identification

Dates: October 21-November 1, 2019 (Excludes October 26-27)
Location:  Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center, Manheim, PA.
Course Description: This course provides a refresher in the foundation of friction ridge analysis with respect to the history and science of fingerprints, pattern recognition and comparison techniques. Students will conduct challenging latent print examinations and comparisons. Each student will be required to successfully complete a written examination and competency comparison test. Students will observe a mock trial, relating to a mock investigation. Prerequisite for registration: Basic Latent Print Identification (AKA: Basic Fingerprint ID Course) or equivalent PSP approved training.


Basic Latent Print Identification

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.
Dates: November 18-22, 2019
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course is a basic introduction into the science of friction ridge analysis and fingerprint identification. This course provides the foundation in friction ridge analysis covering the history of fingerprints, pattern recognition and comparison techniques.  Practicum included.  Students will need to bring two fingerprint magnifiers with Henry Discs for same to the Course.


Advanced Latent Print Techniques

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.
Dates: December 10-12, 2019
Location: PA State Police - Troop H – Harrisburg Station, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides training in the proper sequencing of latent print processing, utilization of an alternate light source, and practical experience with the use of reagents in the development of latent prints. Requirement: Student must bring a small flashlight. Student must wear safety goggles, provided at Laboratory, at all times while in the Laboratory.


Spring 2020 Training Schedule


Latent Print Photography

Dates: January 28-30, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides training in the photographic documentation of latent print evidence. The training will include: instruction on photographic equipment, lighting techniques, alternate light source photography, and proper scale documentation. Practicum included. Prerequisite for registration: Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.


Basic Latent Print Identification

Dates: February 3-7, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course is a basic introduction into the science of friction ridge analysis and fingerprint identification. This course provides the foundation in friction ridge analysis covering the history of fingerprints, pattern recognition and comparison techniques. Practicum included. Students will need to bring two fingerprint magnifiers with Henry Discs for same to the course.


Advanced Latent Print Techniques

Dates: March 3-5, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Troop H – Harrisburg Station, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides training in the proper sequencing of latent print processing, utilization of an alternate light source, and practical experience with the use of reagents in the development of latent prints. Requirement: Student must bring a small flashlight. Student must wear safety goggles, provided at Laboratory, at all times while in the Laboratory.


Latent Print Photography

Dates: March 24-26, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides training in the photographic documentation of latent print evidence. The training will include: instruction on photographic equipment, lighting techniques, alternate light source photography, and proper scale documentation. Practicum included. Prerequisite for registration: Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.


Basic Crime Scene Photography

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.
Dates:
April 13-17, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides training in the basic principles and fundamentals of a digital camera, lens selection, use of electronic flash, macro-photography and documentation. Requirement: Student must bring a SLR digital camera with manual, memory card/stick, tripod, sync cord, external flash unit, extra batteries for camera, normal lens (example: 50mm or 28-105mm) and macro lens (close-up lens for latent print photography), locking shutter release cable, and flashlight.


Basic Crime Scene Investigation

Dates: April 27-May 8, 2020 (Excludes May 2-3)
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This is an introductory course into crime scene investigation. Course instruction provided in the areas of Physical Evidence, Crime scene Management, types of evidence found at the crime scene, proper collection techniques, submissions to Regional Crime Labs, and courtroom testimony. Each student will participate in the mock crime scenes. Prerequisite for registration: Basic Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.


Basic Crime Scene Photography

Dates: May 18-22, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides training in the basic principles and fundamentals of a digital camera, lens selection, use of electronic flash, macro-photography and documentation. Requirement: Student must bring a SLR digital camera with manual, memory card/stick, tripod, sync cord, external flash unit, extra batteries for camera, normal lens (example: 50mm or 28-105mm) and macro lens (close-up lens for latent print photography), locking shutter release cable, and flashlight.


Advanced Crime Scene Photography

Dates: June 15-19, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course begins with a review of the principles of photography. It transitions to advanced photographic techniques, including, but not limited to, the use and photographic documentation of the Forensic Light Source, Luminol and Bluestar. Practicum included. Prerequisite for registration: Basic Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training. Requirement: Student must bring a SLR digital camera with manual, memory card/stick, tripod, sync cord, external flash unit, extra batteries for camera, normal lens (example: 50mm or 28-105mm), macro lens, locking shutter release cable, and flashlight.


Shoe and Tire Impression Evidence

Dates: June 24-26, 2020
Location: PA State Police - Department Headquarters, Harrisburg, PA.
Course Description: This course provides instruction in the history of shoe and tire impression evidence, search, documentation, and the collection of the impression evidence. Students will participate in several workshops including photography, measuring, and casting impression evidence. Prerequisite for registration: Basic Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.