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Training Update: FY 2001 Specialized Forensic Science Training Program—Intro to Catalog (FSC, October 2000)

Training Update: FY2001 Specialized Forensic Science Training Program—Intro to Catalog (FSC, October 2000)

October 2000 - Volume 2 - Number 4

Training Update

FY 2001 Specialized Forensic Science
Training Program

Jane M. Homeyer

Unit Chief
Forensic Science Training Unit
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, Virginia


Course List

September 1, 2000

Dear Recipient:

I am pleased to provide the FBI Laboratory’s Forensic Science Specialized Training Program Catalog for 2001.

This catalog is a compilation of specialized forensic courses offered by the FBI Laboratory to crime laboratory and law enforcement personnel throughout the world. Included in this catalog are an overview of this year’s program, course offerings and descriptions, application instructions, and an application form.

The FBI Laboratory continues to enhance the training program, as well as the student record-keeping and selection procedures for its specialized courses. This year, 18 new courses have been added to the program, and three of these are distance learning-based courses.

All applications from federal, state, and local crime laboratory and law enforcement individuals must be submitted through their agency supervisors. Applications will be accepted once a year and will remain active only during that training year. Applications must be post-marked no later than October 31, 2000, to be included in the selection and class coordination process. Please review the catalog carefully as there are some programmatic changes that have been implemented for the upcoming year.

I trust that this catalog will be helpful in planning your training program and enable us to help meet the needs of the forensic community.

Dr. Donald M. Kerr
Assistant Director
Laboratory Division

FBI Forensic Science Training Unit
Mission Statement and Objectives

To facilitate and provide high quality training and information exchange in the forensic sciences to the FBI, DEA, National Academy, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including crime laboratories.

One objective of the Specialized Forensic Science Training Program is to coordinate state-of-the-art forensic science and crime scene instruction for federal, state, and local law enforcement investigators and crime laboratory scientists and/or technicians.

A second objective of the program is to ensure equitable allocation of training resources.


Goal 1: Provide a training program that meets the needs of the forensic science and law enforcement community.

As currently offered, the Specialized Forensic Science Training Program is not able to fully meet the needs of the forensic science and law enforcement community. Implementation of an allotment application system has improved the process. However, each year there remain some applicants who are not selected for training.

The revisions to the FY2000 program and extra efforts from instructors have significantly decreased the number of applicants who applied for, but did not receive, training. We will continue to work toward our goal of fulfilling 100 percent of the allotted training slots.

As was the case last year, the allotment system will remain a part of the application process. However, the number, date, and location of courses will not be scheduled until after the application deadline. The schedule will be constructed to meet the training needs identified by the received applications. Although under-enrolled courses will not be offered, affected agencies will be provided a re-enrollment opportunity to avoid loosing the allotted training position.

Goal 2: Build strong relationships with local and state law enforcement agencies and crime laboratories.

Academy bed space and student travel funding limitations are barriers that have resulted in reduced training opportunities. Coordination with local and state agencies in centralized geographic areas will be pursued as host locations for off-site training courses. This cooperative effort will allow for additional training and reduction of costs.

Road schools will no longer be provided through special requests, but they will be coordinated to meet the needs of the Forensic Science Specialized Training Program applicants.

Goal 3: Develop new and provide expanded training opportunities through distance learning (e.g., computer-based training).

The 2001 training program includes several distance learning pilot courses. The initiative was taken to help

  • accommodate the growing demand for continuing education,
  • reduce travel costs,
  • minimize the time a learner is away from their agency, and
  • utilize new, innovative teaching methods.

FY 2001 Training Courses
(Click on course number for description)


CTU 101 Laboratory
Analysis of
Fire Debris

FST 101

Basic Arson
Crime Scene


EXP 101 Post-Blast

Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis

FSR 100 Fundamentals of
Forensic Chemistry

FSR 102

Methods in
Forensic Science

FSR 115

Scanning Electron
Microscopy in
Forensic Science

FSR 130

Spectrometry for
Trace Analysis

MAT 101

Forensic Analysis of Paint

MAT 103

Forensic Analyses of
Pressure Sensitive Tapes

MAT 111

Analysis of
Explosives and
Explosive Residues

Crime Scene


FST 135
Investigating Child Abuse and
Exploitation Training Seminar

FST 137

Forensic Evidence in
Child Abuse Cases

FST 139

Fundamentals of
Bloodstain Pattern

FST 140

Bloodstain Pattern
Analysis for

FST 145

Bloodstain Pattern
Analysis for
Documentation and
Collection of
Blood Evidence

FST 150

Crime Scene Survey,
Documentation, and

FST 165

Basic Crime Scene

FST 170

Rape and Serial Rape


DNA 150 Fundamentals of
Forensic Biology

DNA 164

Short Tandem Repeat (STR)
Analysis by Capillary

DNA 170

DNA Analysis


  DOC 103 Fundamentals of

DOC 104

Fundamentals of
Office Equipment and
Printing Processes


DOC 105

Moot Court/Daubert Instruction for
Questioned Document Examiners


LFP 103 Administrative Advanced
Latent Fingerprints

LFP 105

Latent Print

LFP 110

Procedures for
Inked Prints

LFP 120


LFP 130

Friction Ridge
Examiner Training

Firearms Identification

FTU 101 Gunpowder and
Gunshot Residue

FTU 105

Moot Court for
Firearms Examiners

FTU 111

Techniques in

FTU 121

Bullet Trajectory

Footwear Identification

DOC 121

Examination of

Forensic Support Topics

  SPS 102 Forensic Facial Imaging

SPS 120

Polygraph Examinations

Forensic Videography

AVU 110 Introduction to
Forensic Video
and the Law

AVU 120

Digital Forensic
Video Analysis

AVU 130

Crime Scene


FST 142 Police

FST 145


FST 148


FST 160

Digital Imaging of
Evidentiary Photography

LFP 112

Latent Fingerprint

Quality Assurance and Safety

FSR 150 Forensic Laboratory
Quality Assurance

FSR 155


FSR 160

DNA Auditing

FSR 165

Forensic Laboratory
Health and Safety

Trace Evidence

FSR 170 Statistics for
Trace Analysis

MAU 102

Introduction to
Hairs and Fibers

MAU 130

Fundamentals of
Glass Examination

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Application Process

Registration Deadline

Application for Specialized Training Program

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