Course detail: Intermediate Crime Scene Processing and Investigations

Course Description:

This training is designed for patrol officers or detectives who want to learn more advanced methods of processing crime scenes. The class will focus on recovering fingerprints, pry marks, and shoe tracks, and locating and collecting DNA. The instructors will use methods and products that are affordable to any agency, limiting the need for expensive equipment. 

This training is very hands-on. The first day will consist of classroom time with hands-on practicals to follow. The second day is a half day with mock crime scenes. At the end of the first day, there will be a test to ensure the officer/detective knows the skills taught that day. On the second-day mock crime scenes will be a pass/fail methodology.

This training is NOT a photography class, bloodstain pattern analysis, or shooting reconstruction class. Instead, this training aims to inform the participant that evidence can be collected from many items that one might not typically think to process.  

Trainers will provide all materials for the practicals and hands-on activities. Participants can bring a camera, but this is not a photography class. 

Core Competency:

  • Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition, either as an individual or as part of an investigatory team.

Course Objectives:

  • Practice recovering prints off of paper, sticky side of tape, curved surfaces, porous surfaces
  • Select appropriate methods and techniques to recover prints
  • Collect pry marks
  • Collect shoe and tire tracks in mud, on tile, on wood, and doors
  • Experiment with an affordable alternate light source to look for biological fluids
  • Apply proper technique in collecting DNA from a known person and off items of evidence

Instructional Methods:

  • Lecture
  • Scenario
  • Mock Crime Scene

Who Should Attend:

  • Officers who aspire to be detectives
  • Patrol Officers, especially from smaller agencies
  • Detectives who would like a refresher

Course Requirements:

  • 100% Participation and Attendance
  • Written test and mock crime scene test

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email KLETC or call 620.694.1400 at least three weeks before the first day of the event. Some events may require notice earlier than three weeks and require you contact a specific individual; if so, that information is provided in the event-specific information.

 Session Information: LE24026F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 08/22/23 and ending on 08/23/23
Times: 08:00am-05:00pm CDT


Participants are responsible for their own snacks, drinks, meals, lodging and travel. Please dress in layers, as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. The session begins at 8:00AM each day and is estimated to end at 5:00PM on day one and 12:00PM on day two. On-site registration will begin at 7:30AM.


Name Additional Resources
Donald Snyder
Lauren Henry

Facility Detail

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
11902 Lowell Ave
Overland Park, KS 66213

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 10 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.