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Crime Scene Basics

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This class is taught by Jared Thyssen.

Animal Control Officers are tasked with responding to a wide variety of calls involving the welfare of animals.  Frequently, Animal Control Officers are the first to discover illegal activity involving these animals and the responsibility to properly document the details surrounding these calls can fall on their shoulders.  With police agencies often having to “do more with less” it is feasible that sworn law enforcement may not be available to respond to these initial calls for service to assist in documenting and preserving evidence.


In cases such as these it is important that the responding Animal Control Officer be well versed and educated in evidence documentation and preservation techniques.  This course is designed to introduce Animal Control Officers to basic Crime Scene Management techniques.  This includes legal guidelines surrounding search and seizure laws, crime scene search techniques, basic crime scene photography, evidence marking and collection techniques, evidence packaging techniques, crime scene sketching techniques as well as basic online evidence collection and documentation.


This course will combine classroom instruction, hands on demonstration and practical exercises that will allow students to practice the techniques they are being instructed on.  The student will also be provided with free resources they can place in their own kits along with a customized web browser that can aid in online investigations.

DSHS Approved for 8 hours CEU


This class is ideally suited for:

  • ACOs who will be working at crime scenes. Even if your department has a dedicated CSI team, this class is helpful in understanding how to ensure the crime scene stays uncontaminated and preserved.

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