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Forensic Relationship Training - 12-Jun-2015

November 2-3,2015 Forensic Relationship Training Session 1 - General Relationships Description: Session 1 - General Relationships training covers biological relationship statistics, standard trio and single parent comparisons, reverse comparisons, and relevant standards. Session 1 also includes reporting and testifying to results. Learn more at:

November 4-5,2015 Forensic Relationship Training Session 2 - Advanced Relationships Description: Session 2 - Advanced Relationships offers statistical analyses never taught in our previous trainings, including; grandparentage, multi siblings, avuncular, and multi avuncular. Also included is updated information for mass disaster identifications and familial searching, along with formula simplifications for full and half sibling statistical analyses. Learn more at:



Kansas City PD - Crime Scene School 10/5 - 10/16 - 30-Mar-2015


Kansas City Missouri Police Academy

6885 NE Pleasant Valley Road

Kansas City, Missouri 64119



October 5th - 16th, 2015 

0800—1700 Hrs


Oct. 6: 1300—2200 Hrs



Crime Scene School


KCPD - This two week course is designed for both new and experienced investigators and covers multiple aspects of crime scene processing. The course consists of approximately 30 hours of lectures and 40 hours of hands-on practical exercises. Students will gain knowledge in various forensic disciplines including:


Crime Scene Photography

Crime Scene Processing

Evidence Identification, Collection, and Preservation 

Latent Fingerprint Processing 

Impression Evidence

Note-Taking and Report Writing  

Bloodstain Pattern Documentation

Bullet Path and Impact Analysis


Required Materials :

Digital SLR camera, standard 18-50mm or 18-100mm lens, 50mm Macro lens, external flash, flash sync cord, tripod, and flashlight. For additional questions regarding equipment that you have/need please contact us.



Additional Information:

Class size is limited to 16 students. Early enrollment is recommended. Casual attire is suggested.

This course meets the requirements for approximately 70 P.O.S.T. hours and 70 hours for the International Association for Identification (IAI).


Please contact us if you are interested in attending:

Madison Palmer: (816) 413-3481

George Santoro: (816) 413-3528



For more information, download a copy of the information packet



*Please withhold payment until your spot has been confirmed.


Make checks Payable to:

Board of Police Commissioners


and mail to:

Kansas City Missouri Police Headquarters

Attn: Accounting Department

1125 Locust Street

Kansas City, MO 64106


How to Apply:



Complete the application and email  to


By Mail:

Complete the application and mail to:

Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory

Attn: Madison Palmer

6633 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64131

Tuition: Missouri Agencies- $800.00

Other Agencies- $892.00










MAFS Professional Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

MAFS Professional Development Fund


The MAFS Professional Development Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to members attending the fall meeting of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists. To be a recipient of this funding, you must present a paper at the fall meeting. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive financial assistance to attend the 2014 meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota! There are several awards available with funding up to $500!



To apply for a Professional Development Fund award, complete the application form which follows and attach an abstract of your paper.



The abstract should include the following information:

1. Objective of the presentation

2. Relevance to the scientific community

3. Methodology

4. Results

5. Conclusion

The application form is also available here




The completed application must be submitted to the Awards Committee chair by


August 15, 2014.


Kimberly Zebrowski

MAFS Awards Committee Chair

Michigan State Police Crime Lab

42800 Merrill Rd.

Sterling Heights, MI 48314

Voice: (586) 726-6709

Fax: (586) 726-6661



*** Recipients will be notified on August 22, so that they have time to make travel arrangements and submit the "Call for Papers" Form.





MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund - 10-Jun-2014

The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS) has a fund to encourage collegiate research that will benefit the field of forensic science. This is an opportunity for a college student to present his/her forensic science research project at a professional meeting in the presence of practicing forensic scientists and other forensic science students. MAFS hopes to encourage student member participation while giving MAFS members an opportunity to learn about research currently being done at the collegiate level.



 Eligibility Requirements:  


1. Participants must be MAFS student affiliate members at the time of application submission.


2. Participants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.


3. Participants must be junior/senior year undergraduates, graduate or doctorate students.


4. Research projects must be related to the forensic science field and should primarily involve development and/or improvement of evidence examination and/or comparison techniques.


5. Participants must submit a completed application form with abstract by July 1st


6. A paper presentation of at least 15 minutes will be required at the fall meeting.



One project will be selected to receive an award to fund attendance at the Fall MAFS meeting in Milwaukee. Funding will include 2 nights lodging, 3 days per diem and registration to the MAFS Fall meeting. Applications must be submitted no later than July 1st and the student receiving the award will be announced no later than August 1st. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the MAFS Awards Committee Chair. Look for details in the next MAFS Newsletters!




In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.



In the event that submitted projects do not meet the required award criteria, the Awards Committee and the Board of Directors reserve the right not to offer an award.


Click here to access the registration form:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Fund Application Form


Click to view the Announcement:

MAFS Collegiate Student Development Announcement





MAFS Visiting Scientist Program - 14-Mar-2013

A new MAFS Visiting Scientist Program page has been created to make applying for a visiting scientist easier than ever.





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MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting - 09-Apr-2015

 The MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting  will be held October 3rd - 7th, 2016 in Branson, Missouri.   


MAFS Meeting 2016

October 3-7, 2016

Branson, Missouri


Meeting and Accommodations

Hilton Branson Convention Center

200 East Main Street, Branson, MO 65616
(417) 336-5400


Room Rate: $139/night








Hosted by The Missouri State Highway Patrol


Abigail Lehman, Program Chair, 573-526-6134 x2529


Amy Peebles, Local Arrangements Chair, 417-868-9400 x4475


Sean Brooks, Workshop Coordinator, 573-526-6134 x2519


Cindy Dierenfeldt and Jared Roop, Exhibitor Coordinators, 417-868-9400 x4449, 573-526-6134 x2547







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