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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 ra-pspforensicservices@pa.gov 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. 

Course COVID-19 Mitigation/Requirements

Please note that if you are accepted into one or more of our below noted Courses and are sick with COVID-19 symptoms, many of which are outlined at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.htmlwithin 14 days of the start one of our Course(s), have tested positive for COVID-19, and/or have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19, then you are not permitted to attend our Course(s), as we want to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  If any of the above occurs during the length of one or more of our Courses, then you are not permitted to return to or stay at the location of the Course(s).  You will have to reschedule your attendance during a future offering of same for the entire length of the Course(s). 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past and/or have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past, but have recovered and are no longer required to be quarantined, then you may attend our Course(s).   

We will be practicing social distancing as much as possible at our Courses, but there may be times during our Course(s) when that is not followed/practical.  

Masks are required for our Courses.  You will need to bring one and it:

  • Must be worn when entering and exiting a building.
  • Must be worn in the various classrooms and classroom settings, common areas such as break rooms, restrooms and elevators.
  • Must always be worn around others, even if social distancing is maintained.
  • Must be worn when conducting business at the worksites of other entities.
  • May be removed to eat or drink during breaks and lunch periods, however, at those times, social distancing should be practiced.
  • Shall be worn outdoors when unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet

Exceptions to the above face covering requirement are as follows:

  • Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, including those with respiratory issues that impede breathing, mental health condition, or disability.
  • Individuals for whom wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition.
  • Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. 
  • Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance.

Courses


Basic Crime Scene Photography

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.

April 19-23, 2021

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

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.

May 3–14, 2021 (Excludes May 8-9)

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: Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.


Shoe and Tire Impression Evidence

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.

June 8-10, 2021

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: Crime Scene Photography or equivalent PSP approved training.


Advanced Crime Scene Photography

THIS COURSE IS FULL, but we are accepting applications for a waiting list.

June 28-July 2, 2021

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.