TxFACT LLC - dba Texas Forensic Associates - Consulting and Training © 2014


Texas Forensic Associates

A professional consortium comprised of subject matter experts in a wide range of scientific and investigative disciplines providing forensic education, training and consultation.

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Truth Through Evidence


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The program is taught from a hands-on point of view by investigators and forensic practitioners active in the field.  The class is intended for law enforcement officers, crime scene investigators, evidence technicians and crime laboratory personnel involved in the investigation, identification, collection and preservation of evidence at violent crime scenes.  The objective is to provide information needed to ensure critical pieces of evidence will be collected, fewer cases will be jeopardized by mishandled evidence and more cases will be solved through the proper use of these advanced investigative techniques.   Participants will have the opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge with practical exercises.   

BLOOD, BULLETS AND MORE  24 HRS

TxFACT Training

Our training classes are hosted by colleges, law enforcement agencies and training academies across Texas and in surrounding states. Visit our home page for a class near you.


At TxFACT, we focus on developing skills the attendee can use.

“Forensics Without Fluff”


***For information about how your agency can host a class, contact us!***


Training

This is a hands-on course designed to teach the basic fundamentals, as well as forensic applications, of digital photography at various types of scenes. The participant will be taught how to use their department camera equipment, focusing on manual modes, automatic modes, digital SOP’s, flash operation and many other practical applications.  A variety of photographic assignments will be covered to challenge each student and help prepare them for any situation they may encounter as a crime scene specialist, crime scene investigator or forensic scientist involved in investigative photography.

***Required Equipment***  

A digital SLR camera, tripod, shutter release cable, external flash with sync cord and flashlight are required for the practical exercises.  Students should also have the camera user manual. (Point and Shoot Cameras are not acceptable.)

DIGITAL POLICE PHOTOGRAPHY  24 HRS

This is a 40-hour basic course of instruction in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.  The course is designed for investigators, crime scene technicians, forensic scientists, and others involved in criminal, medical, or legal investigations. This course takes a hands-on approach to understanding bloodstain patterns. Approximately 50% of the course consists of experiments and practical exercises. It provides basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis and the fundamentals of bloodstain pattern interpretation, documentation and reporting. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed the requirements as described by the IABPA and IAI for a 40 hour basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis course.


*Note: Attendance in this course will not qualify you as an expert in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Only a court or certifying entity can designate an expert.


YOU WILL LEARN:

 To recognize and identify bloodstain pattern evidence at the scene.

 To properly document and preserve bloodstain evidence.

 To identify the various bloodstain patterns constituting evidence at the crime scene.

 To properly collect and preserve suspected blood samples to be submitted to a qualified crime laboratory for confirmatory testing.

 The proper evaluation of the bloodstain evidence and patterns.

 To document their observations in written reports.

 To properly identify mechanisms by which specific stains may have been created.

 Equipment selection and use for investigating crimes scenes with bloodstain evidence.

 Investigative protocols for violent crime scenes.

 Recognize biohazards and personnel safety procedures.

BLOODSTAIN PATTERN ANALYSIS  40 HRS

This is a hands-on course designed to teach the forensic investigation and reconstruction of shooting incidents.  Live-fire demonstrations will be utilized to illustrate the physical characteristics and dynamics of bullet impacts on metal, glass and other common substrates.  Mock crime scene assignments and exercises will be used to challenge each student and help prepare them for any situation they may encounter as a crime scene specialist, criminal investigator, death investigator, or forensic scientist involved in shooting scene investigations.

YOU WILL LEARN:

Firearm safety and nomenclature

 Impact angle calculation using elementary geometry and basic physics

 Bullet pathway identification using lasers, trajectory rods and string

 Interpretation of bullet impacts on different objects such as a vehicle and walls

 Photographic documentation for shooting scenes

 Bloodstain patterns at shooting incident scenes

 Collection of shooting incident scene evidence

  Fundamentals of interior, exterior, and terminal ballistics

 Examination of bullet holes and measurement of impact angles

 Shot sequencing in certain substrates

 Determine likely locations of victim(s) and suspect(s) based on evidence

 Measuring methods and devices


INVESTIGATION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF SHOOTING INCIDENTS   

40 HRS

This course is for criminal justice personnel, officers and laboratory technicians who work with fingerprints and is designed for beginners.  No experience is necessary.  The objective is to train the student in fingerprint pattern recognition and to compare and identify fingerprints.  Instruction on the history of fingerprints, basic physiology of friction ridge formation, the taking of inked fingerprints, basic tools/ methodology used in fingerprint comparison and basic courtroom testimony dealing with enhanced punishment (pen packet testimony) is included.  Note: This course does not include work with latent prints.

YOU WILL LEARN:

Introduction to Fingerprints

Fingerprint History

Fingerprint Physiology

Fingerprint Definitions

Fingerprint Pattern Identification

Fingerprint Pattern Interpretation

Fingerprint Pattern Comparison

Recording Inked Fingerprint Impressions

Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor for Fingerprint Evidence

Introduction to AFIS


BASIC FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION  40 HRS

This course provides an extensive practical application of Friction Ridge Comparisons using both fingerprints and palm prints.  Instruction also encompasses the scientific methodologies of examinations on friction ridge impressions as well as the scientific basis for friction ridge identification (individualization).  Students will be trained in the presentation of expert testimony as well as courtroom demeanor.  The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court presentations.

YOU WILL LEARN:

Fingerprint Identification

Palmprint Identification

ACE-V Methodology

Friction Ridge Comparisons

Fingerprint Individualization

Fingerprint Pattern Interpretation

Fingerprint Pattern Comparison

Comparison of Latent Fingerprint Impressions

Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor for Fingerprint Evidence


LATENT FINGERPRINT COMPARISON - INTERMEDIATE  40 HRS

This course provides an extensive practical application of Friction Ridge Comparisons using both fingerprints and palm prints.  Instruction also encompasses the scientific methodologies of examinations on friction ridge impressions as well as the scientific basis for friction ridge identification (individualization).  Students will be trained in the presentation of expert testimony as well as courtroom demeanor.  The class will then participate in an introduction to moot court presentations.

YOU WILL LEARN:

ACE-V methodology for  latent print comparison and identification

Palmprint Identification

Level 1, level 2 and level 3 detail in latent print comparisons

Palm print orientation and palm print search clues in latent print comparisons

Fingerprint Individualization and Comparison

Analysis of distorted and complex latent prints

Comparison of Latent Fingerprint Impressions

Courtroom Testimony and Demeanor for Fingerprint Evidence

Daubert and post-Brandon Mayfield issues


LATENT FINGERPRINT COMPARISON - ADVANCED  40 HRS

This is a one day intense child death investigation course.  It is a comprehensive overview of the proper response to a child death scene.  This class will give the investigator the perspective from the prosecutor, medical examiner and Child Protective Services.  The team approach is a unique approach utilized in the investigation of injury and deaths involving children.

The investigator will learn the common practices of a Homicide response, the practices of Child Protective Services, and the Medical Examiner.  The investigator will learn what is required for prosecution of cases involving children as victims.  The investigator will learn about cause of death findings in cases in sudden natural deaths including infectious diseases and inherited conditions. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome will be covered in depth, with emphasis on important interview questions, scene investigations, and autopsy findings.  The information will be taught through visual presentation of cases, including scene findings, and autopsy findings.

YOU WILL LEARN:

Know common causes of death in infants, toddlers, and older children

Be able to differentiate common accidental injury patterns from inflicted injury patterns

Recognize natural conditions that may be mistaken for abuse

Be familiar with common victim and perpetrator characteristics in the most common causes of death from inflicted injury

Recognize “recurring themes” and findings in neonaticide and factitious illness

Identify scene investigative techniques unique to the pediatric age range

Be familiar with victim and perpetrator characteristics in the most common causes of death in each unique age group

Understand the complexity and specificity that pediatric death investigation requires and the importance of  re-creating the event in the interview

The importance of the Team Approach


CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATION - 8HRS


This session will provide an in-depth look at the P.R.I.M.E. T.I.M.E. interview techniques utilized when questioning witnesses and suspects.  This training includes room set-up, rapport building, learning theme development, body language, interview plotting and a host of other tools.  Attendees will participate in an interactive training with current confession clips and class exercises that will provide useful tools and build confidence needed in the interview room. The Houston Police Department has instituted this school as mandatory training for all new detectives.  The instructors have been featured on 20/20 and have travelled the United States training officers in this approach.  The investigator or detective who is not proficient in this skill is as handicapped as a surgeon who cannot use a scalpel. The professional interrogator requires a substantial amount of knowledge to develop his\her art, an appreciation of the human condition, and the society in which we live, an in-depth awareness of the psychology of human behavior, a mastery of criminal investigation procedures and principles; an understanding of the criminal statutes, and expertise in the operation of the jurisprudence system.  PRIME TIME will have you ready.  

At the conclusion of the course, the investigator will understand the importance of P.R.I.M.E.  T.I.M.E:

Prepare, Psychology, Plot, Plan

Rapport and Report

Interview or Interrogate

Miranda, Monologue and Manage

Evaluate

Theme

Inquire

Managing the musts

Evaluate


P.R.I.M.E. T.I.M.E. (INTERVIEW & INTERROGATION) -  16HRS



The “Basic Criminal Investigation: Crime Scene to Courtroom” program

prepares the attendee for the transition from their current position to an

investigative assignment such as Detective or Criminal Investigator.

The BCI course prepares officers to manage a wide variety of common

criminal investigations from the initial scene response to case preparation

and presentation for prosecution. An emphasis is placed on the preparation

of affidavits, preparation and execution of search and arrest warrants,

interview and interrogation procedures, and the identification,

collection and preservation of physical evidence.


YOU WILL LEARN:

BASIC CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS -  40HRS



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INVESTIGATIVE STATEMENT ANALYSIS    24 - HOURS