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ASCLD/LAB Assessor Training Course - 01-Jul-2015

ASCLD/LAB Assessor Training Course

The Forensic Science Institute of Ohio is sponsoring the ASCLD/LAB-International Assessor Training Course. Emma Dutton, Ph.D. with ASCLD/LAB will be the instructor for this week-long course.




August 3 – 7, 2015




Ohio Fire Academy, 8895 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068




$1100 per student


Course fees include the cost of registration, all course materials (including a take home copy of ISO 17025:2005), training workshops, attendance certificates, and a final exam. Snacks will also be provided for morning and afternoon breaks.




Minimum of 12 students. Maximum of 24 students



Monday: Eight hour ISO 17025 Introduction. Attendance is mandatory

Tuesday – Friday: Training course will cover all aspects of the accreditation process  and the role and responsibilities of an assessor



Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am – 10:30am

Attendees will have one hour for lunch each day. Several dining options are located within a short drive of the Fire Academy. The cafeteria at the Fire Academy will also be open for lunch.




In order to reserve your spot, please send the completed registration form as soon as possible. All registration forms must be received by June 30, 2015. All registrations will be confirmed via e-mail within 48 hours of receipt.  Download the Registration form here.


Angela Farrington

Columbus Police Crime Laboratory

770 East Woodrow Avenue

Columbus, OH 43207 

Phone: 614-645-2771

Fax: 614-724-6103





Invoices will be sent once registration forms are received. Payment must be received by Friday, July 31, 2015.



Students are responsible for making their own room reservations.

A block of rooms is being held at Fairfield Inn and Suites, 2826 Taylor Road SW, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (614-864-4555). Room rates are $93.00 per night for a king suite or $83.00 per night for a room with two double beds


Guests must mention "ASCLD/LAB ASSESSOR TRAINING" and make their reservation by July 14, 2015 in order to receive these rates.

Click here to book your hotel online


This hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast, a microwave and refrigerator in every room, free WIFI, a 24-hour business center, onsite fitness center, and an indoor pool and whirlpool spa. Several restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel. This hotel is less than 10 minutes from the Fire Academy, and is also within a 15 minute drive of downtown Columbus and the very popular Easton Town Center.



Please note:


For consideration to become an assessor, all participants that satisfactorily complete the assessor training must submit both the Application for Assessor Qualification and signed Code of Conduct for Volunteers. These documents must be submitted within 1 year of taking the exam. In addition, each participant under consideration shall possess the following amount of relevant work experience:


An applicant with a bachelor’s degree or higher shall have a minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience in a crime laboratory


An applicant with an associate’s degree shall have a minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience in a crime laboratory


An applicant with a high school diploma or equivalent shall have a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in a crime laboratory



For additional information on the ASCLD/LAB-International Assessor Training Course, please visit the ASCLD/LAB website:








MAFS Forensic Anthropology Workshop - 16-Jun-2015


Note: The MAFS Forensic Anthropology Workshop is near capacity and right now in taking registartions and lacing them on a waitlist. New registrants should either: 


a)      E-mail Ryan Rezzelle at that you would like to be notified if spaces open up, or;


b)      Go to Cvent and click the link to register, and it will let them register on the waitlist.


This is a 3-day course instructed by a world-renowned expert in the area of FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY, Dr. Michael Finnegan, Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist and Kansas State University Professor of Physical Anthropology (retired). This class is designed as an introduction to Forensic Anthropology and is geared towards Crime Scene Responders, Medical Examiners, Coroners, Death Investigators, Detectives, Forensic Nurses, Attorneys, and Students seeking a greater understanding of the forensic use of BONES and the contexts by which human remains are found in natural and unnatural settings.


For more information click on the MAFS FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY WORKSHOP PAGE









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










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

or visit



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MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting - 02-Jun-2015

Registration for the MAFS 2015 Fall Meeting is now open. Go to the Fall Meeting Registration page  to register for the fall meeting and workshops!



MAFS 2014 Fall Meeting Merchandise - sale! - 12-Jun-2015

There are still some long sleeve and short sleeve T-shirts available for sale.

For more information on the merchandise, prices and availability, please click here.




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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