Course detail: Investigations Involving Trace Evidence Analysis

Trace evidence analysis is a discipline of forensic science that deals with the minute transfers of materials that cannot commonly be seen with the unaided eye. The types of trace evidence range from fibers or paint chips to primer gunshot residue. This evidence may link a victim and a suspect, a victim and a scene, or a suspect and a scene. The significance of trace evidence is often overlooked, however, in the absence of other evidence, trace evidence may be the only source that can provide crucial investigative information.

In this course, students will learn about the types of trace evidence testing performed in the KBI Trace section, the proper packaging techniques for these exams, and the probative value that this type of evidence can bring to a case. Participants will employ best practices as they investigate any crime from its beginning to its eventual disposition; either as an individual, or part of an investigatory team.

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

Course Objectives 
  • Learn about current (and future) types of Trace examinations offered by the KBI 
  • Understand the types and significance of Trace exam conclusions 
  • Understand the misperceptions and limitations of Trace testing 
  1. When can the KBI Trace Section help with your specific investigation 
  2. Review actual case scenario examples 
  • Acquire familiarity with supplies and equipment utilized for the collection of trace evidence (PGSR, fire debris, etc.).
  • Trace Packaging and Submission Hints 

Who Should Attend: 
  • Law Enforcement Officers 

Instructional Methods:
  • Lecture
  • Hands-on training
  • Case example reviews
Fitness Level Necessary for Successful Completion: Low Active

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Notice of Availability of the KLETC Annual Security and Fire Safety Report:

The University of Kansas has determined that the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) main campus in Hutchinson and its regional sites in Dodge City, Hays, and Parsons are separate campuses. This determination was made in consultation with the Department of Education. The report is available online at:

The report contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; the procedures the institution will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred On-Campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Non-Campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the institution or a recognized student organization; and on Public Property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.

 A paper copy of the report will be provided upon request. If you would like to receive a paper copy, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 785-864-6414 or emailing or arrange for pick-up at a KLETC location.

 Session Information: LE24138F

Schedule: Every day, starting on 05/16/24 and ending on 05/16/24
Only 22 days left to register!
Times: 09:00am-12:00pm CDT
No Registration Fee : $0.00


A fee of $10.00 will be assessed for all participants who do not show up for the training and have no communication with KLETC before the class start time. Please dress in layers, as the temperature in the room may be difficult to adjust. The session begins at 9:00 AM on May 16th and is estimated to end at 12:00 PM. Onsite registration will be available at 8:30 AM. Participants are responsible for their own travel, meals, and lodging. We look forward to seeing you in Dodge City!


Name Additional Resources
Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Facility Detail

Dodge City KLETC Regional Site
236 San Jose Dr.
Rm 17
Dodge City, KS 67801

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.