The training programs or courses that should be
taken will cover the following material. Those listed below are only
Crime Scene Management
This segment should give an overview of the entire
crime scene investigation process and identified the correct crime
scene processing protocol to be used in all crime scenes. The
CSI's should learn to identify, evaluate, process and package physical
evidence from crime scenes. This also includes how a crime scene
should be protected, 1st Responders responsibility, and a basic overview of
the interpretation of the
Crime Scene Photography
This segment covers basic photography techniques as well as
general crime scene and forensic evidence photography. CSI's should
be taught the appropriate techniques to be used in photographing a
crime scene and related evidence. To adequately cover the topic of
night photography, a night photographic session
should be required.
Latent Print Processing
In this component, basic latent print
techniques should be emphasized. The CSI's are expected to
demonstrate the use of proper techniques for using fingerprint
powder at crime scenes and also develop fingerprint and footwear
impressions (two-dimensional). Besides using fingerprint powders, chemical enhancement
techniques for use at crime scenes should be studied.
In this segment, the CSI's should be trained to
identify, document and recover three-dimensional evidence. This will
include footwear, tire tracks and fingerprints from crime scenes.
This includes the photography and casting of the impression
in the previous segments, evaluation of the CSI's ability should be
assessed through written exams, photography ability and practicals.
Biological and Trace Evidence
This segment was designed to educate the
CSI's in the proper techniques used at crime scenes to identify,
document, collect, and preserve bodily fluids and bloodstain pattern
evidence. Chemical processing should be used to enhance blood impression
evidence. CSI's should be assessed in their ability to identify, document and
collect trace evidence (hairs, fibers, soil, safe insulation, etc.)
using appropriate techniques. Photograph evaluations as well as
written and practical examinations should be conducted.
Crime Scene Sketching, Note Taking and
The paper documentation phase of crime scene
processing was emphasized in this course. CSI's should learn how to
take proper notes, complete a comprehensive crime scene report, and
produce a quality crime scene sketch. Basic techniques as well as
computer applications should be used to accomplish these tasks. CSI’s
evaluations included written examinations, evaluation of notes
taken, sketches and report writing skills.
Crime Scene Investigation
Crime scene processing protocol should be emphasized
in this capstone portion of the FCSI program. CSI's were required
to use previously acquired knowledge and skills to complete several
mock crime scene scenarios, including those that may be conducted at
night. CSI's should be required to appropriately process all mock
crime scenes and provide thorough presentations of their findings.
The final assessment should include the photographs of the scenes,
their rough notes, a list of evidence collected, a comprehensive
written report and a final sketch. The list of evidence must include
information as to what analysis is to be conducted on the evidence,
an evaluation of the evidence.
Crime Scene Interpretation and Courtroom
This final segment completes the intensive
training required for certification by ICSIA by using the skills they have previously learnt to
interpret crime scenes. They may use classroom presented scenarios
to hone their skills of interpretation based on the facts proved in
the cases. This segment should also include courtroom testimony, as presented
by a panel of judicial professionals, including a judge, prosecuting
attorney and defense attorney.
There are many courses, training, classes offered through
professional organizations, private contracts and police agencies.
These are critical in your training.
Academia offers various degrees, certificates and courses,
however most of the courses are offered without lab work. Some do
offer lab work such as the Criminal Justice Institute in Little
Rock, Arkansas. They offer a degree program and technical
certificate program with both classroom and lab work.
While we do not recommend any particular University, College, or
on-line courses all should be scrutinized to meet your needs.