This is a 2-hour presentation designed primarily for attorneys.  The following material will be covered and attendees will gain an understanding of how to work with a fingerprint expert to better prepare their cases.  

  • Examination methodology
  • Documentation issues
  • Articulation of conclusions
  • Recent legal challenges
  • Direct and cross-examination guidance
  • NAS, PCAST and AAAS report considerations

Issues in Forensic Fingerprint Examination

This 3-day course covers a variety of photographic concepts and techniques ranging from very basic to more advanced.  Some content will be applicable at the crime scene while some will be more relevant in a laboratory setting.  Regardless of the application, the goal is for each attendee to more fully understand their camera and how to make the necessary adjustments to acquire the best possible digital images.     

  • Basic camera operation including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, white balance and metering
  • Crime scene photography procedures
  • Macro photography (e.g. fingerprints, bloodstains)
  • Documentation of footwear & tire track impressions
  • Night scene photography using painting with light
  • Photography of bullet trajectories using lasers
  • Approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 25 hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) credits

Crime Scene & Evidence Photography

Black & White Forensics, LLC

‚Äč"Because the truth isn't gray."

Courtroom Testimony for Law Enforcement and Forensic Personnel

This new 2-day course is designed to familiarize both law enforcement and forensic personnel with basic courtroom concepts and procedures.  The following topics will be presented:

  • Understanding the purpose of testimony
  • Witness qualification, voir dire, direct- and cross-examination
  • Crime scene and evidence considerations, to include integrity, documentation and legal issues
  • Tips for effective communication
  • Purpose and need for a pre-trial conference
  • Admissibility requirements for scientific evidence
  • Current issues involving fingerprint evidence
  • Using demonstrative aids
  • Role-playing exercises
  • Approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 16 hours of Continuing Law Enforcement Education (CLEE) credits