BLOODSTAIN  PATTERN  ANALYSIS  WORKSHOPS


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Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis on Fabrics, Textiles and Clothing Workshop and the Analysis of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence from Digital Files (40 hours)

August 20-24, 2018: CSI Academy of Florida, Alachua, FL (Flyer)

March 18-22, 2019: Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute (MDPSTI), Miami, FL

Workshop participants will participate in practical exercises to enhance their ability to interpret complex bloodstain patterns deposited on fabrics, textiles and clothing.  This will be accomplished by the participant’s dripping, splashing and transfering liquid blood onto fabrics, textiles, and clothing and observing the macroscopic and microscopic interaction of the blood with the substrate.  Workshop participants will also learn to evaluate bloodstain evidence from digital files by working on cases provided in a digital format.  In addition, the participants will receive training in the writing of bloodstain pattern analysis reports.

Goals:

  1. Enhance the participants skills for the examination of bloodstained clothing.
  2. Enhance through lectures, experimentation, and laboratory practicals the participants understanding of fabric composition, construction, and finishes that can affect the appearance of the bloodstain patterns.
  3. Enhance through lectures, experimentation, and laboratory practicals the participants understanding of how liquid blood interacts with fabrics.
  4. Enhance the participants skills for writing bloodstain pattern analysis reports concerning the examination examination of clothing.
  5. Enhance the participants skills for presentation of bloodstain pattern evidence on clothing as an expert witness.
  6. Enhance the participants skills for the analysis of bloodstain pattern evidence provided as digital images and documents. 

Contact Toby for information: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com


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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop (40 hours)

October 29 - November 2, 2018:  PSTC, Chesterfield, VA

This advanced level course is designed for practitioners who have successfully completed basic instruction in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and desire to build on that fundamental knowledge while working toward expertise in the discipline.  This workshop will begin with a brief review of the basic concepts and will continue with  the student applying  those concepts in  the analysis of a digital case file* with report generation and verbal defense of findings.

Mock crime scenes with the associated clothing and physical evidence, will also be completely analyzed from documentation and stain selection through report writing.  In doing so, the entire BPA methodology will be practiced and employed, including the consideration of autopsy findings and forensic biology reports.

Case specific limitations, quality assurance and context bias will also be addressed throughout the workshop.

Goals:

  1. Review of fundimental BPA concepts
  2. Enhancement of documentation skills
  3. Enhancement of area of origin determination skills
  4. BPA methodology
  5. Digital BPA case analysis
  6. Examination of bloodstained clothing
  7. Examination of weapons
  8. Advanced training in BPA report writing
  9. Verbal presentation of BPA findings
  10. Quality assurance and technical review
  11. Context Bias in BPA
  12. BPA case limitations

Contact Toby for additional information: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com

Workshop Flyer and Registration Information

Chesterfield, VA Hotels


Introductory Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop (40 hours)

December 3-7, 2018: MDPSTI, Miami, FL

December 9-13, 2019: MDPSTI, Miami, FL

Violent crimes usually result in bloodshed.  When physical forces act upon liquid blood, patterns will be deposited on the various items at the crime scene, as well as the clothing of the individuals present during the activity.  These patterns can yield valuable information concerning the events that lead to their creation.  The information can then be used for reconstruction of the incident, as well as to evaluate the statements of the witnesses and the crime participants.  Bloodstain pattern evidence can be of value in the investigation of any violent crime in which bloodshed occurs.

Objectives

  1. Teach the investigator how to identify bloodstain pattern evidence at the crime scene.
  2. Teach the investigator how to properly document bloodstain pattern evidence.
  3. Teach the investigator how to properly preserve the bloodstain pattern evidence.
  4. Teach the investigator how to reconstruct bloodstain patterns at the crime scene.
  5. Provide the foundation for teaching the investigator how to interpret bloodstain pattern evidence.
  6. Teach the investigator the safety and health issues associated with bloodstain pattern evidence.

Goals:

  1. To be able to recognize bloodstain pattern evidence at the crime scene.

  2. To be able to properly document and preserve the bloodstain pattern evidence.

  3. To be able to properly use bloodstain pattern terminology.

  4. To be able to identify simple bloodstain pattern types.

  5. To obtain basic bloodstain pattern analysis knowledge that will be the foundation for additional training culminating in being able to evaluate and interpret bloodstain pattern evidence and render an opinion concerning that interpretation.

  6. Location: Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, Specialized Training Unit, 9601 N.W. 58 Street, Bldg. 100, Doral, FL 33178

Contact:

Rosa Holtz or Ana Jorge for information on classes at MDPSTI

Course Registration: MDPSTI 2018 Course Catalog


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Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop (40 hours)

January 28 - February 1, 2019: MDPSTI, Miami, FL

Workshop participants will participate in practical exercises to enhance their ability to document and interpret complex bloodstain pattern crime scenes and evidence.  This will be accomplished by having the participant’s process bloodstain pattern crime scenes and by examination of the clothing that was worn while the scenes were created.  In addition, the participants will receive training in the presentation of the bloodstain pattern evidence and in the writing of bloodstain pattern analysis reports.

Goals:

  1. Enhance the bloodstain pattern reconstruction and documentation skills of the bloodstain pattern analyst.
  2. Enhance the bloodstain pattern identification and interpretation skills of the bloodstain pattern analyst.
  3. Enhance the bloodstain pattern analyst skills for the examination of bloodstained clothing.
  4. Enhance the bloodstain pattern analyst skills for writing bloodstain pattern analysis reports.
  5. Enhance the bloodstain pattern analyst skills for presentation of bloodstain pattern evidence as an expert witness.

Rosa Holtz or Ana Jorge for information on classes at MDPSTI

Contact Toby for additional information: Toby.Wolson@gmail.com


All Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshops are available for presentation at host agency locations.  Contact Toby (Toby.Wolson@gmail.com) for information about hosting a bloodstain workshop at your agency.