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Bevel/Gardner Crime Scene Reconstruction Class - 13-Apr-2015

The Kent County Sheriff Department will be hosting the following course:



COURSE: Crime Scene Reconstruction


INSTUCTOR: Ross M. Gardner (Bevel, Gardner, and Associates)


CONCEPT: This course is designed to properly train crime scene reconstruction analysts. This comprehensive training program provides novice students with the tools to become a competent analyst and ultimately to the status of expert.


DATE: May 18-22, 2015


TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


COST: $655.00 (Approved for 302 funding)


LOCATION: Kent County Sheriff Department 701 Ball Ave, NE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503


CONTACT: Specialist Jeff Gregus at 616-632-6243 or







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










ASQDE Meeting August 9-13th, 2015 - 10-Feb-2015

The 73rd AGM of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners is to be held at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto, Canada  August 9-13, 2015


The American Society of Questioned Document Examiners meets annually in various locations around the United States and Canada. During our meetings, members and guests present the results of original research and other topics of interest to forensic document examiners. Workshops are also held to further the training of the meeting attendees.


The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the ASQDE will be held in Toronto, Canada at the Eaton Chelsea, Toronto. This will be the first ASQDE meeting in Toronto since 1969. More information regarding the 2015 meeting will be posted to the meeting pages in the fall of 2014. 


For more information Contact Site Chair: Diane Kruger                      

(416) 967-7720

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NIST - Symposium on Error Management - 10-Feb-2015

The International Symposium on Forensic Science Error Management is scheduled in Washington, DC, July 20-24, 2015. The symposium web site has gone live!  Registration and the Call for Papers is now open.  


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Forensic Relationship Training - 26-Jan-2015

Session 1 - General Relationships
Forensic Relationship Training
May 18-19,2015

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.
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Session 2 - Advanced Relationships Forensic Relationship Training
May 20-21,2015

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.
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MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting - 21-May-2015

The MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting page has been updated with workshop abstracts, special events information and a schedule of events. Please check the Fall Meeting page for more details and information!



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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