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Sunday - May 14, 2017

Best Practices for Fast and Efficient MATCHPOINT Correlation Reviews
Instructor: Andrew Boyle, Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology

Class Size Limit: TBD
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: TBD

Participants will explore and test several tips and tricks that have been developed specifically to optimize the user’s time and experience with IBIS-TRAX HD3D in order to get the most out of the available features.  The interactive format will be open for Q&A to cover any topics of relevance to the attendees.

Courtroom Testimony Made Easy - A Practical Approach
Instructor: Jeff Goudeau, Louisiana State Police

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: TBD

This course is designed for individuals in the field of forensic science that routinely get called to testify in court. The class will be interactive and challenge students to think of scenarios. Methods of how to make a good first impression with the jury will be presented along with how to overcome anxiety. Preliminary information such as a proper pretrial checklist will be presented. A discussion of how to handle adversity from attorneys both during direct and cross examination will help prepare students on how to handle these situations. Both verbal and non-verbal communication techniques will be discussed. Depending on the audience, a discussion of how to present technical information to a lay audience will be discussed along with the Frye and Daubert standards for expert testimony.  There will also be discussion of recent challenges to firearms examination.

Benefits of 3D Analysis on Bullets
Instructors: Lt. Michael Sandford & Sgt. Krzysztof Audinis, Union County Police Department & Andrew Boyle, Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology

Class Size Limit: TBD
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: TBD

Whether you are examining conventional rifling, polygonal rifling, or no rifling at all, bullets can pose a challenge on a comparison microscope; especially when deformed surfaces are involved.  3D comparison can bring new tools and features to light, and has recently led to a conclusive result in a decade-old cold case homicide.

Forensic Examination of Airsoft Replica Arms
Instructors: Dan Alessio, Oregon State Police & Matthew Noedel, Noedel Scientific

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

This half day workshop will review the history, use, development and mechanical design features of Airsoft style guns. Time will be spent covering how to document and test these guns in the forensic environment and the legal implications surrounding the use and possession of such guns. A protocol for the safe handling of these types of devices will be discussed and techniques on checking the loaded status, test firing and documenting the guns and their accessories from a forensic standpoint will be reviewed. Examples of different airsoft designs will be available for hands-on disassembly and examination.

Subclass Characteristics **FULL**
Instructor: Nancy McCombs, DOJ-Fresno 

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

This half day workshop will introduce students to methods of recognizing potential subclass characteristics. A wide variety of firearm and tool mark manufacturing processes will be evaluated for subclass carry-over potential. Participants will discuss lab practices with an emphasis in documenting potential subclass characteristics in casework.

Wound Ballistics
Instructor: Larry Sturdivan, Aberdeen Proving Grounds

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost: $30.00
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: TBD

Humans have been dealing with wound ballistics since thrown spears and the bow and arrow.  As a scientific study, however, it is relatively recent.  In this presentation, modern wound ballistics will be defined by what it is; its modern-day goals, methods, and accomplishments, and also by what it isn’t; the body of mythology that the audience is almost certain to encounter in the course of their profession.

The mission of the Army’s Biophysics Laboratory in wound ballistics research will be briefly reviewed, emphasizing the potential value of some of the models to the members of the AFTE.  Applications will be illustrated by a couple of examples, one of which will be the Biophysics Lab’s role in the investigation of the John Kennedy assassination.

Contemporary Issues in Firearms and Toolmark Identification
Instructors: Ronald Nichols, ATF & Andy Smith, San Francisco Police Department

Class Size Limit: 30
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

This 8 hour workshop will discuss the current criticisms of the discipline and who is doing the critiquing, a basic introduction to subclass characteristics, a discussion of statistics and validation as used in the discipline and how bias, objectivity and subjectivity can impact the decision-making of a firearm and tool mark examiner.

Pixel This!  High Speed Videography
Instructor: R.T. Wyant M.S., WSP Crime Laboratory-Seattle

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost:  $125.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

Firearms examiners are often asked to interpret the origin of defects on materials as well as impact damage to the bullets themselves. High speed video can afford the examiner the means to record in extreme detail how a bullet interacts with a surface, gunshot residue deposition, cycle of fire, tool and surface interaction, and others. Videos from these systems make the unseen  viewable, proving extremely useful for demonstrating critical points to juries and attorneys, helping to translate the abstract into reality. Students of this workshop will receive basic guidelines for efficient and useful operation of high speed cameras related to our discipline. These techniques will be applied with hands on operation of several camera types to capture bullet impacts and firearm action during live fire demonstrations. Representatives, application experts, and engineers from Phantom will be on hand to instruct, assist and answer questions. Experiments will include shots fired into vehicle parts, common types of glass, and other common materials.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED

Practical Shooting Incident Reconstruction: Techniques for Analyzing, Documenting, and Testifying
Instructors:  Jene Rauch and Tim Scanlan

Class Size: 25
Course Cost: $60.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

This workshop will focus on the practical techniques utilized in analyzing, documenting, and testifying in shooting incident reconstructions.  Utilizing a combination of lecture, case examples, and practical exercises, participants will be exposed to proven methods of documenting crime scenes for reconstruction. In addition to presenting an overview of reconstruction techniques and methods of documentation, this course will provide an overview for authoring crime scene reconstruction reports and testifying to those reports at trial. This course will review actual cases that have gone through the trial process, demonstrating the crime scene to courtroom approach of presenting a case. Providing testimony in shooting incident reconstructions is complex and requires both general and specific knowledge of proper testimony skills and presenting complex cases through visual aids. 

In general this workshop will cover the following concepts:

  • Documentation for reconstruction (Creating your own and using submitted information)
  • Trajectory Analysis
  • Examine cartridge case ejection patterns
  • Creating analytical reports that are clear, easily understood, and scientifically sound
  • Easily producing court quality presentations 
  • Delivering quality expert testimony
  • Qualifying as an expert in the field of shooting incident reconstruction
  • Provide expert testimony at trial and Daubert-style hearings

Scientifically Defensible Criteria For the Identification Of Striated Toolmarks
Instructors: John Murdock, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office & Bruce Moran, Sacramento County DA’s Office

Class Size Limit: 30
Course Cost: $175.00
Time: 7:00AM – 6:00PM
Location: TBD

This course will also require some pre-course reading materials to be completed prior to the start of class.

This 10 hour workshop will provide students with a literature review and a review of the concepts and rationale of identifying striated, and to a limited extent non-striated, toolmark evidence.  Recent challenges and relevant court decisions will be discussed.  Each student will reevaluate their basis for making striated toolmark identifications.  Although new examiners can profit from this training, this course is designed for firearm and toolmark examiners who have had training in the comparison of striated toolmarks and at least one year of actually comparing them.

PREREQUISITES: Must have been performing striated toolmark comparisons in case work for at least a year and be familiar with accepted standards of casework documentation and common equipment and terminology used in that discipline.

PREPARATION: Pre-course reading material will be assigned and will be expected to be completed before class starts.

PLEASE NOTE: Each student will be receiving two LARGE binders of materials for this course.  It will be the responsibility of each student to facilitate the transportation of their binders home.

Subclass and Sufficient Agreement **FULL**
Instructors: Carl Rone, Delaware Police Department & Felicia Evans, Metro Nashville Police Department

Class Size Limit: 30
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00PM
Location: TBD

With this workshop, well will be looking at some sub class and discussing the concept of sufficient agreement, we will be working live on a microscope provided by FTI, and the images will be projected up on a screen for discussion.

Wednesday - May 17, 2017

Digital Imaging Boot Camp
Instructor: Adam Hartley

Class Size: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location:  TBD

Digital imaging is now a part of every examiner's daily life, making it more important than ever to understand the principals of digital imaging. Knowing the building blocks of the digital image can help in selecting imaging hardware, optimizing your images, and defending your images in court. This half-day workshop will explore the fundamentals of digital imaging from creation, to processing, to final output.

Hi-Point Firearms Armorer’s Course
Instructors:  Evan Thompson, Chris Monturo, and Brian Smelser

Class Size: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00PM-5:00PM
Location: TBD

This course will discuss the Hi-Point product line as well as assembly/disassembly, serial number system, and the manufacturing processes utilized by the company.  There will be a hands-on portion of the course using actual Hi-Point firearms.

Is Murder A’Foot?  Crime Scenes ---Staged or Simply Altered?
Instructors: Jan Johnson, CSCSA  and Jeff Goudeau, M.S., CSCSA

Class Size: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

If your job is solving crimes….this is a MUST see presentation.  Most law enforcement agencies have encountered a potentially staged crime scene, some with a sinister motive behind their appearances and others of a more benign incidental nature.  The average investigator, detective or crime scene technician or analyst probably knows little about empirical data or theories regarding staged crime scenes and is simply trying to efficiently process a scene during a death investigation.  This presentation will illustrate some of the characteristic “red flags” that are so often present but frequently overlooked within the crime scenes, which would allow the investigator to tell the difference between the incidentals versus sinister staging events.  Bring your keen mind and “forensic eye” and help solve a case as we learn to “find the red flags”.

 

LEEDS 3D Scanning of Deformed Bullets and Cartridge Cases
Instructors: Rick Steffen, Leeds Product Manager & Jake Kurth, Leeds Director of Forensic Sales

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost: $30.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: TBD

3D automated ballistics identification systems have been a topic of considerable discussion; with rapid improvements in algorithms and technology over the last several years. This year Leeds will be hosting a workshop to discuss and demonstrate a 3D bullet and cartridge case scanning/matching technology that has a particularly precise and innovative approach for scanning deformed bullets and cartridge cases both quickly and accurately. This workshop will involve a presentation on the Evofinder® systems technology and how the system works on deformed bullets and cartridge cases. The presentation will also contain a hands on ballistics identification portion of scanning bullets and ammunition into the Evofinder® system to show and discuss how the system makes correlations. The Workshop will also have a Q&A portion and act as a forum for feedback.

Springfield Armory M1911A1 Armorer’s Course **FULL**
Instructor: Team One Network

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $175.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: TBD

**The course is available to US citizens only**

Springfield Armory Armorer courses are structured to provide each student with a practical understanding of the advanced features that make the Springfield Family of Firearms unique.

Students will receive practical skills on the 1911-A1 pistols the "warhorse" of combat pistols.

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Friday - May 19, 2017

Ammunition for the Firearm Examinaer
Instructor: George Kass, Forensic Ammunition Services

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: TBD

This 4 hour course will cover information on ammunition as needed by the firearms examiner. Lecture will cover the development of cartridges followed by information on bullets, cases, shotshells, markings, air gun projectiles, etc. Specimens will be passed around and can be examined by students.

Documentation Methods For Casework
Instructor: Brian Smelser, Washington State Patrol

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: TBD

Every scientist needs to create case notes that document the observations, data, and thought processes that support opinion reports as well as use them for later testimony in court.  The documentation methods we use are shaped by our training and experience.  It continues to change and increase in quality.  This workshop is focused on improving documentation for firearms and tool mark casework.  We will be discussing and practicing different types of documenting mock evidence items using different forms, incorporating pictures, and using different techniques for creating case notes.

Forensic Double Casting
Instructor: Paul J. Murphy, Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: TBD

Forensic Double Casting, also known as “evidence cloning”, is a technique used to make microscopic quality resin replicas of fired bullets and cartridge cases (evidence or test fires) by making a RTV Silicone mold of the originals of the originals and pouring liquid urethane resin into the mold.  The end result is a microscopic accurate urethane replica of the original items.  This technique can also be applied for Tool Marks and is non-destructive.  This technique is becoming an increasingly common practice for moving evidence or reference material from one jurisdiction to another or from one country to another.  This course will demonstrate the techniques used to create microscopic quality resin replicas of tool marks.

Ammunition Identification and CartWinPro
Instructor:  Axel Manthei, CartWinPro

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $45
Time: 1:00 PM - 1500 PM
Location: TBD

A common task for the firearm examiner is to identify the origin of a cartridge by the head stamp.  A head stamp can be more than just the usual letters and numbers.  It can contain abbreviations in foreign languages and Arabic numbers as well as symbols.  But beyond this the arrangement of the information on the head stamp might be of importance.  Special or meaningful codes may also be hidden on the head stamp amongst the more obvious information.

There are many caliber designations, and the difference in measurements can differ only by fractions of an inch.  The determination of the correct caliber is, in many cases, easy by reading the head stamp.  However, in some cases, even with readable information on the case head, it can be a difficult task.  Demonstration will show how CartWinPro is applied in these cases.

Color codes will be discussed as an important means to describe the nature of the cartridge, and they may also be of importance in determining if the cartridge should not be fired in a particular type of range.  Coding is usually standardized within a country or an organization but may have a completely different meaning if it is from another source.  Color codes are not only encountered on the bullet itself, but also in other locations such as the primer annulus, head stamp, or case mouth.  Combinations of these codes may also be used to designate the type of cartridge.

With only a bullet from the crime scene, identifying the caliber and cartridge can be a difficult task.  Measurement, documentation, and entry of a few parameters in CartWinPro can narrow down the possibilities to a small number, and might also point out some not so obvious ones.

In this workshop we will try to sharpen the eye for hidden details of cartridges, and how one can identify them using CartWinPro.

Documentation Methods For Casework
Instructor: Brian Smelser, Washington State Patrol

Class Size Limit: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

Every scientist needs to create case notes that document the observations, data, and thought processes that support opinion reports as well as use them for later testimony in court.  The documentation methods we use are shaped by our training and experience.  It continues to change and increase in quality.  This workshop is focused on improving documentation for firearms and tool mark casework.  We will be discussing and practicing different types of documenting mock evidence items using different forms, incorporating pictures, and using different techniques for creating case notes.

Glock Pistols Armorer’s Course
Instructor: Glock Professional, Inc.

Class Size Limit: 35
Course Cost: $150.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

**The course is available to US citizens only**

This one day course (8 hours) will cover maintenance and service of all pistol models.   Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive a 3 year Certified Armorer Certification.

***Please bring eye protection (safety glasses) and a small flashlight.***

Metallurgy For the Nonmetallurgist – For Firearm And Ammunition Producers and Users
Instructors: Dana J. Medlin, Ph.D., P.E., FASM and Frederick E. Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E., FASM

Class Size Limit: 30
Course Cost: $75.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

This course will cover the general aspects of metallurgy with specific application to firearms and ammunitions. Some of the general topics that will be covered include:

  • A brief history of metals from the first development of metals for use as weapons thousands of years ago to the modern era will be given. 
  • A basic explanation of the distinctive physical and mechanical properties that make metals exceptional materials for firearm and ammunition applications.
  • A comprehensive review of the national and international alloy designation systems used to identify metals.
  • A general overview of basic physical metallurgy theory and applying these theories to appropriate alloy manufacturing and heat treatment methods.
  • Explain how metals are formed into engineering components with specific reference to firearms and ammunitions.
  • Heat treatment terminology, methods and best practices for firearm components.
  • A basic overview of physical and mechanical test methods to determine critical properties of metals, as well as a discussion concerning typical standard test methods.
  • Explain the basis for the selection process of different alloys for specific applications.
  • Review the fundamentals of metal corrosion, corrosive environments, why different metals respond differently to corrosion, and controlling/minimizing corrosion damage.
  • Explain typical metal surface finishing techniques for firearms, the processes involved and the performance attributes.

SIG P320 Armorer’s Course
Instructor: Tony Caspers

Class Size Limit: 30
Course Cost: $150.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

**The course is available to US citizens only**

Course content focuses on the mechanical functioning, disassembly/reassembly, maintenance, troubleshooting, and field repair of the SIG SAUER P320 pistol.

This is a hands-on program that teaches and guides each participant through all armorer operations step by step with the instructor. Active participation coupled with question and answer periods provide a supportive learning environment for maximum retention of the material. The course is also well suited for law enforcement armorers to design their agency's own maintenance and inspection program. Maintaining current practices and procedures for factory authorized service is essential for all pistols. A three (3) year factory certification is issued upon successful course completion.

Smith and Wesson M&P Pistol Armorer’s Course
Instructor: The Smith and Wesson Academy

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $225.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: TBD

**The course is available to US citizens only**

*Please note – This course includes an M&P Pistol Tool Kit*

This course is designed for Smith & Wesson M&P Centerfire Duty Pistols. Focus will be on nomenclature, field stripping and maintenance, safeties and safety checks, detailed disassembly, troubleshooting and minor repairs. Performing lessons repeatedly will insure good hands-on instruction for a better understanding of this firearm.

Springfield XD/XDM Armorer’s Course
Instructor: Team One Network

Class Size Limit: 20
Course Cost: $175.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

**The course is available to US citizens only**

Springfield Armory Armorer courses are structured to provide each student with a practical understanding of the advanced features that make the Springfield Family of Firearms unique.

Students will gain hands-on experience with the XD Pistols, the safest polymer handgun available, bringing together a number of important safety innovations into one firearm.

Terminal Ballistics – Rods, Strings, Lasers and Much Much More
Instructors: Jan Johnson, CSCSA  and Jeff Goudeau, M.S., CSCSA

Class Size: 25
Course Cost: $45.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

The photographic documentation of shooting incidents can be quite involved and difficult at times. However, capturing accurate and meaningful photographs of the crime scene can be the determining factor in being able to replicate the scene for the jury. As part of the documentation process, capturing photographic images of the approximate flight paths of fired projectiles can help investigators, prosecutors, and jurors alike understand the events that transpired during a shooting incident.  Investigators have routinely used dowel rods, fluorescent colored strings, and lasers to reconstruct shooting scenes. This workshop will demonstrate both commercially available shooting reconstruction kits, as well as provide instruction on building one’s own inexpensive shooting reconstruction kit. Students will be given hands-on instruction in photographing bullet trajectories using trajectory rods, strings, and lasers. An emphasis will be on photographing lasers, both in low-light and daytime, in order to represent the flight paths of fired bullets. Because lasers come in a variety of light intensities, participants may desire to bring their personal lasers for the practical exercises. However, instructors will have some lasers for participants to use.

The Reconstruction of Vehicle Shootings **FULL**
Instructor: Lucien (Luke) C. Haag

Class Size: 25
Course Cost: $100.00
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: TBD

This 1-day workshop will involve a lecture and live-fire session covering the special problems and phenomena associated with the reconstruction of projectile impacts to motor vehicles. These include moving vs. stationary vehicles at the time they are struck by gunfire, the great variety of ‘target’ materials associated with vehicles and their behavior to projectile impact, projectile ricochet from sheet metal, projectile perforation of tempered and laminated glass, the perforation and deflation of tires and various approaches to trajectory reconstruction.

Lunch will be provided.  Disposable eye and ear protection will be provided.