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911 call center is alerted to an emergency situation in your city and they activate Patrol Officers, EMTs and Firefighters to respond.  The Scene’s First Responders.  They have specific functions, roles and duties to perform that are separate from each other and yet, together, they share a common goal:  to protect lives and contain the crime scene.  But if that crime scene is contained, has the evidence been preserved?   Do they mean the same thing?

First Responders are the MOST ESSENTIAL personnel at the crime scene because they have the 1st opportunity to observe the scene in its most original state.  Even if your city is fortunate to possess star investigators, master evidence examiners and superior prosecuting attorneys, information that is collected by First Responders is crucial to the case.  In this concise 1 day course, these First Responders will learn important considerations necessary to preserve the evidence in all types of crime scenes and specifically, we’ll cover:

  • Managing crowds at high profile scenes
  • Best practices for recovering firearms
  • Understanding DNA and fingerprint evidence
  • Handling evidence in sudden death cases
  • Being CONSTRUCTIVE without being DESTRUCTIVE in crime scene response
  • Common misconceptions about crime scene control and scene preservation
  • Solutions for challenges faced by all first responders

With a series of steps, officers will learn BEST PRACTICES for preservation of:

  • Firearms and ballistics evidence
  • Blood and other DNA evidence
  • Trace evidence
  • Fingerprint evidence


This 2 day (16 hour) HANDS ON course will enable the newly assigned investigator or 1st responding officer assigned to handle evidence at the most common crime scenes:  housebreaks and commercial breaks.  The officer will also gain the fundamental skills necessary to respond to stolen/recovered motor vehicles, drug crimes and assaults.

The methods for developing latent prints on evidence are vast and plenty.  But the concepts addressed in this course will help the investigator with the first steps and basic techniques in processing evidence from these types of scenes utilizing a systematic approach to document, preserve, process and collect items at the crime scene.

Participants will be instructed in the use of the first and basic set of processes and will demonstrate their proficiency in the use of these materials to the satisfaction of the course instructor.


This is the pre-requisite course to the secondary, Dust ‘n Bust (which will cover the “vast and plenty” of latent print/DNA recovery that follows basic methods.


Each participant attending the course will receive a BEER kit.  The cost of the training (including the entire “BEER” kit is $429.00), which for fiscal purposes can be allotted from either an agency training budget or equipment budget.

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General Admissionshow details + $529.00 (USD)  

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