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Shooting Reconstruction - Forensic Pieces

Class Length: 40 hours
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This comprehensive five-day course is designed for crime
scene investigators, detectives, crime laboratory analysts and
others in the field of forensic science that have the basic training
and skills for shooting crime scene examinations. This course
will assist law enforcement officers in connecting all of the
forensic pieces for the purpose of shooting crime scene
reconstruction. A crime scene is a huge puzzle, and piece by
piece we compile the physical evidence in each case; the more
difficult job is trying to connect those pieces to obtain the big
picture, the shooting crime scene reconstruction. This course
will also assist in the documentation of physical evidence at the
scene which previously might not have been recorded. The
attendees will learn by using string, dowel rods, scientific
calculators, and/or lasers about the flight path of the projectile
from the moment it leaves a firearm muzzle to the moment it
strikes the final target and is recovered. Also, students will
examine the firearm residue for estimated distance
determination from the position of the shooter to the victim
and/or final target. Mock scenes for this course were designed
to assist the student in the importance of scene documentation,
and to obtain the maximum, accurate information for ultimate
shooting crime scene reconstruction.


• Physical evidence in
firearms cases
• Photographic and video
• Search, sketching and
measuring techniques
• Metal detector techniques
• Implementation of grid
• Bloodstain patterns
• Trigonometry and trajectory
• Lasers and shooting
• Chemical applications
• Case scenarios: singleshooting, multiple-shooting
and officer-involved
shooting crime scenes
• Report writing
• Courtroom testimony


This is a hands-on course that is
specifically designed for crime
scene officers with or without
experience. This course is taught in
a manner in which the crime scene
officer can easily understand.




Casual attire is suitable. A laptop
computer with PowerPoint
capabilities and a camera are
recommended. Any student who
has a trajectory kit that they prefer
to use or to gain knowledge and
experience on their newly
purchased kit should bring it to the