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Identification and Documentation of Bloodstain Patterns in Crime Scenes - Scott Swick

Class Length: 24 hours
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Many crime scenes involve a bloodshed event; therefore, it is essential that investigators properly identify and document the bloodstain patterns involved. Many times, these same crime scenes are not initially evaluated by experienced bloodstain pattern analysts, so proper documentation is vital in preserving the evidence, which allows for a later analysis in the investigation to be completed. This 3-day workshop will give a crime scene investigator the basic understanding of how to properly locate, identify, articulate, document, and collect bloodstains from patterns within crime scenes. Students will learn how bloodstain patterns can impact an investigation and the terminology involved. Students will also learn documentation procedures, so a proper analysis can be later applied by a qualified bloodstain pattern analyst, as well as collection procedures, involving both presumptive testing and later DNA analysis. Students will conduct both practical exercises and hands-on training, giving them the confidence in proper identification and documentation, leading to more accurate and detailed investigations. This training is important for investigators, crime scene technicians, laboratory personnel, and anyone whose job involves processing and collecting bloodstained evidence. This is not a 40-hour basic bloodstain pattern analysis course, but rather an introductory workshop; Therefore, there is no prerequisite to attend.


Students will need to bring a digital camera, to include macro lens, shutterrelease cord or remote, and tripod.

Students will be provided all other equipment and supplies.


Law Enforcement Only


$400 - see below for payment options


TUITION: $400/STUDENT - Paid by Check/Venmo at the door


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Scott is a Texas Ranger with the Texas Department of Public Safety, where he has over 19 years’ experience in major criminal and crime scene investigations. He is a member of the Texas Rangers Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Working Group, the Texas Rangers Officer Involved Shooting Working Group, The Texas Rangers State Major Crime Scene Team, and serves as the Team Leader for the Texas Rangers Company “C” Crime Scene Team. He is a 2018 graduate of the University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy, as well as being a Certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst (CBPA) and a Certified Crime Scene Analyst (CCSA), through the International Association of Identification. Scott serves as a current board member with both the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA) and the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction (ACSR). He actively instructs bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene investigation throughout the United States.