Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory

220 Fogarty Hall, 41 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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The Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory has been diligent in providing  training opportunities to the Forensic Science, Law Enforcement and Public Safety Communities. The training includes: crime scene processing, blood spatter interpretation, trace evidence collection, latent print processing,  firearms examination and crime scene reconstruction.  It is important to the criminal justice community that opportunities for professional development in these areas are continuously being offered by the Rhode Island State Crime Lab.

 

BCI School

Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 101 – Criminal Investigation:
Scientific Evidence I – 4 credits

Theory and practice of crime scene investigation employing the modern techniques of crime scene preservation, crime scene search and the collection, preservation and transmission of physical evidence. Emphasis on photography, the development, lifting and classification of latent fingerprints and report writing.

Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences 102 – Criminal Investigation:
Scientific Evidence II – 4 credits

Specialized techniques of crime scene investigation including firearms, arson, sexual assault and homicide. Examination of physical evidence such as firearms, bloodstains, glass and other trace evidence. Use of digital photography, computer software, alternate light sources, fluorescent powders and other chemical fingerprint techniques. Fingerprint comparisons. Court presentation.

Evidence Handling Procedures
Wednesday May 25th, 2016 8:00-12:00pm

The Evidence Handling Procedures program will provide law enforcement officers training in State Crime Laboratory guidelines for the collection, preservation, and submission of evidence for analysis to the Laboratory. Areas to be covered will include a review of evidence room storage and maintenance, proper evidence submission, Firearms/Tool Marks/NIBIN, Trace Evidence and Latent Prints. Experienced laboratory personnel will present the program and will be available for one-on-one networking.

There is no cost for this training program but preregistration is required since class size is limited to 50 students.

Please click here for registration and schedule.

Summer Workshops

Workshop #1
Hit and Run Processing and Impression Evidence
Wednesday June 1, 2016       8:00-5:00pm     

This workshop is designed to provide training for the proper method for preservation, collection and identification of trace evidence found during a hit and run.  Hands on processing of a vehicle involved in a hit and run will be conducted. Students will be involved in documentation of the scene and proper collection of hairs, fibers, paint, fabric impressions and road sweepings.

The workshop will also provide a refresher on the proper methods for collection and preservation of impression evidence. This includes photography, casting, and lifting of two and three-dimensional footwear, tire and fabric impressions.

Class Size Limit: 20 students

Camera equipment is required: tripod, flash, SLR camera, L-scale, level (if available), and sync cord.

Please click here for registration.

Instructors:   

Amy Duhaime-Criminalist III, RISCL

Kim Freeland-Criminalist II, RISCL

Jim Clift-Detective/Crime Scene Investigator-Providence PD

Mark Zabinski-Criminalist II, RISCL

Workshop#2
Latent Print Processing and Documentation
Wednesday June 8, 2016       8:00-5:00pm

This workshop is designed to make dealing with photographing and lifting difficult prints a breeze. The student will learn how to preserve difficult latent prints that are often found on textured and contoured surfaces by implementing useful techniques such as close-up photography and multiple types of lifting medias (gel lifts, DIF tape and Mikrosil).

The student will learn to utilize gel lifts to nondestructively lift latent prints that have been developed with cyanoacrylate, latent prints developed on porous surfaces using magnetic or conventional powders and to capture indented writing. The student will also learn to use a scanner to scan latent prints on objects that are not flat.

This is a hands-on workshop.

Class Size Limit: 20 students

Camera equipment is required: tripod, flash, SLR camera, L-scale, level (if available), and sync cord.

Please click here for registration.

Instructors:   

James Clift-Detective/Crime Scene Investigator-Providence PD

Mark Zabinski-Criminalist II-RISCL

JoDon Edwards-Criminalist II-RISCL

Workshop #3
Shooting Reconstruction and Tool Mark Recovery
Wednesday June 15, 2016        8:00-5:00pm

This course is designed as a refresher course in shooting reconstruction that involves using the tools of the trade and established scientific principles to map the trajectory of a bullet as it travels from the muzzle of a firearm to its target. Students will have the opportunity to examine and process the bullet holes in the vehicle, which can determine valuable information about the position of the shooter, the firearm and the trajectories of the projectiles discharged to the vehicle.

Tool Mark recovery explores the unique marks made by a particular tool utilizing both the class and individual characteristics of the tool and the tool mark to determine identification. The students will have the opportunity to examine tool marks on a vehicle, which can associate a particular tool as having been used on the vehicle for example in a road rage incident.

Class Size Limit: 20 students

Camera equipment is required: tripod, flash, SLR camera, L-scale, level (if available), and sync cord.

Please click here for registration.

Instructors:   

Neil Clapperton, Criminalist II-RISCL

Karen Vallaro, Criminalist II-RISCL

Workshop #4
Blood Spatter
Wednesday June 22, 2016        8:00-5:00pm

 This workshop is designed to provide basic skills needed to examine, identify, analyze and document bloodstain pattern evidence. This hands-on course will discuss the importance of shape, size and dispersion of blood spatter followed by the analysis of blood involved in mock scenes.

Class Size Limit: 20 students

A magnifying glass and camera equipment is required: tripod, flash, SLR camera, L-scale, level (if available), and sync cord.

Please click here for registration.

Instructors:   

Walter Williams, Criminalist I-RISCL

Workshop #5
Photographing In Difficult Lighting Situations
Wednesday June 29, 2016        8:00-5:00pm

This workshop is designed to supply the student with knowledge to photograph in dark environments, such as Arson Investigations, Night Crime Scenes and Accident Scene Investigations.

The following techniques will be covered:

1) Long exposure technique to include Exposure Compensation

2) Painting with light technique

3)High Dynamic Range technique

4)Photographing fluorescent body fluids and Blue Star blood fluorescence

5)Processing of the images using Adobe Photoshop

Students will be given practical exercises in reference to the above topics.

Prior photography experience is helpful but not necessary to participate in this workshop. Computers with Adobe Photoshop will be available to use during this workshop to process images.

Class Size Limit: 20 students

Camera equipment is required: tripod, flashlight, SLR camera and zoom lens.

Please click here for registration.

Instructors:   

Mark Zabinski, Criminalist II-RISCL

 

 

 

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