Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory

49 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.

 

Rhode Island State Crime Lab Summer Workshops

Advanced Latent Print Enhancement and Documentation Techniques

Friday June 9th, 2017 8:00-5:00pm

This course would be recommended for investigators that have not attended the BCI School or within the last 5-years.

The workshop will discuss latent print recovery issues while working in the field. Lectures will center on surface evaluation, recovery, and preservation skills with difficult latent prints.  Attendees will conduct exercises to enhance their understanding of textured and contoured surfaces by implementing useful close-up photography techniques and utilizing multiple types of lifting medias (gel-lifts, stretchable tapes, rough lift tape, Reprocast, Mikrosil, etc.). The presentation will also discuss various ways to utilize gel lifts to non-destructively lift latent prints from gloves and prints that have been developed with cyanoacrylate as well as latent prints developed on porous surfaces using magnetic and conventional powders.

Class Size Limit: 20 students

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

Please click here for registration.

Instructor:     Jim Clift-Detective/Crime Scene Investigator-Providence PD

 

Blood Spatter

Wednesday June 14nd, 2017 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.

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Instructor:     Walter Williams, Criminalist I-Warwick PD

 

Photography Workshop

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 8:00-5:00pm

This workshop will review basic photography techniques with exercises. Followed by Close-up, footwear and long exposure techniques for dark scenes. This workshop is for the seasoned investigator or someone just learning.

Class Size Limit: 30 students

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Instructors:    Mark Zabinski, Criminalist II-RISCL

                      JD Edwards, Criminalist II- RISCL

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

 

Photoshop Workshop

Wednesday June 28th, 2017 8:00-5:00pm

This workshop will work with RAW images, calibrate images along with utilizing many of the tools in Photoshop.

Class Size Limit: 12 students

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Instructors:    Mark Zabinski, Criminalist II-RISCL

 

 

Tool Mark Examination Training Program

June 13-14, 2017

Instructor: Carlo Rosati-Former FBI Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner

The Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and the University of Rhode Island are hosting a two day training program for Tool Mark Examiners. This training will involve a careful examination of the Forensic field related to Tool Mark determination and the related sub-discplines of machining, manufacturing and casting.

For more information of this course and to register, please click here.

 

Ron Smith and Associates Workshop

Scientific Analysis: Laboratory to the Witness Stand

October 23-27, 2017

Instructor: Michele Triplett, CLPE

The Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and the University of Rhode Island are hosting a five day expert witness training program.

For more information of this course and to register, please click here.

 

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