Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for those in an investigational or scene evidence collection/documentation roll. The purpose of the course is to aid these individuals in recognizing various bloodstains and bloodstain patterns encountered at scenes involving bloodshed and what information those patterns may provide to the investigation. The class will include bloodstain pattern analysis history, terminology, bloodstain pattern analysis reports, experiments, mock scenes, and case study. Since various experiments will be performed with blood and mock scenes examined, students are encouraged to wear casual clothing (PPE will be provided).
INSTRUCTIONAL HOURS: 3 Days / 18 Hours
INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES: At the end of this course of instruction, the students will be able to:
- Understand basic bloodstain pattern terminology
- Recognize basic bloodstains and bloodstain patterns
- Understand the underlying principles behind bloodstain pattern analysis and what bloodstain pattern analysis can offer to an investigation
- Understand the limitations of bloodstain pattern analysis to include bloodstain pattern analysis from photographs only, environmental factors, and proper scene documentation
- Understand testing for blood that may be performed at the scene and at the laboratory
- Recognize and select the best samples for subsequent serology and DNA analysis
- Read and understand the elements of a bloodstain pattern analysis report
COURSE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS: Attendance during the class and participation during presentations, experiments and discussions.
AUDIENCE: PSP Enlisted (also includes Forensic Scientists); MP; LEO
MPOETC CLEE Hours: 18 - CLEE ID # - CLE01497
Registration: Please register for the classes below using form SP 8-130. All applications must be received 7 days prior to the course start date.
Locations: For a list of all training centers and directions, please visit the Training Center Page.