Overview

We provide Forensic and Specialist Investigation training which includes CSI Stage 1, CSI Stage 2, Crime Scene Manager, Crime Scene Coordinator and Forensic Laboratory Officer courses.

Our Courses:

Crime Scene Investigation - Stage 1 (VCSI)

This four week course is aimed at training those persons who are new to Crime Scene Investigation and wish to enter force at the first level as a Volume Crime Scene Investigator.  The aim of this course is to train and qualify the delegates to become Volume Crime Scene Investigators to enable them to attend the scene of a crime or incident and process in accordance with recognised procedures. The following modules will be covered:

  • Introduction to the Police Service and the different roles.

  • Photography.

  • Introduction to forensic sciences.

  • Packaging evidence.

  • Recovery of trace evidence.

  • Search methods.

  • Statement writing.

  • Fingerprinting.

  • Early Evidence Kits.

  • Drug Field Test Kits.

  • Preparing for and Presenting Evidence in Court and at Other Hearings.

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Crime Scene Investigation - Stage 2 Course

This three week course is suitable for experienced Volume Crime Scene Investigators (VCSI) who have completed a Stage 1 Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Course, have completed their portfolio and have received a recommendation for the advanced Stage 2 training by their force. The aim of the course is to train and qualify VCSI in advanced CSI skills that can be utilised in the examination of serious and complex crime scenes. The following modules will be covered:

  • Introduction to Serious and Major Crime and the role of a CSI.

  • Role of the SIO including a case study.

  • Digital crime scenes.

  • Bomb scene management.

  • Suicide, Murder, H&S Executive and SUDI.

  • Post Mortem Examination including attendance at a PME.

  • Sexual Offences and Forensic Medical Examination with a visit to a SARC.

  • Advanced photography.

  • Briefing skills.

  • Body Recovery at scene.

  • Cadaver Identification.

  • Subject Matter Experts and additional evidence types.

  • Firearm Investigations.

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Crime Scene Manager Course

This two-week course is suitable for Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) who have demonstrated competence in fulfilling that role in an operational environment and possess the skills, knowledge and experience to take the forensic lead in complex and high-profile investigations.  Their attendance on this training should be supported by their line manager and Scientific Support Manager and there will also be a requirement for the candidate to have an in-force mentor identified before attending the course.

This course is aimed at developing the professional skills and abilities of suitably qualified and experienced CSI to manage single scenes as part of large, complex and high-profile investigations.

The following modules will be covered:

  • Role of the Crime Scene Manager (CSM)

  • National Decision Model and risk management

  • Crime scene management documentation

  • Initial scene assessment by the CSM

  • Scene examination planning and strategy setting

  • Inceptive evidence strategy and its application

  • Cognitive bias on decision making

  • Role of the Senior Investigating Officer and the investigative process of major crime

  • Role of forensic specialists and their working relationship with the CSM

  • The practical application of the CSM role during simulated exercises

  • Resource management at crime scenes

  • Health, safety and staff welfare

  • Equality and diversity

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Crime Scene Coordinator Course

This one-week course is suitable for experienced Crime Scene Managers (CSM) who have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to take the step from managing individual crime scenes, to taking the forensic lead over multiple scenes in complex and high-profile investigations.  They will have attended a recognised CSM course and demonstrated competence in fulfilling that role in an operational environment for a significant period of time.  Their attendance should also be supported by their line manager and Scientific Support Manager.

This course is aimed at developing the professional skills and abilities of suitably qualified and experienced CSM to manage multiple scenes in complex and high-profile investigations. The following modules will be covered:

  • Situational leadership; transactional / transformational

  • Decision making; conflicting priorities, risk and cost benefit analysis

  • Strategy planning, setting and monitoring

  • Managing resources; staff and equipment

  • Specialists at scenes: Senior Investigation Officer (SIO), Pathologists, Scientists, FSP’s

  • Role within the investigation and role within the Major Incident Room

  • Specialist knowledge e.g. advise SIO on current and available techniques

  • Review process

  • Table-top exercises

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