Basic Bloodstain Pattern Recognition Course
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This course provides the knowledge and skills required to recognise, measure and record bloodstain patterns. It explores theory, including bloodstain pattern terminology, and principles of physics on how they relate to bloodstain evidence. Students are introduced to presumptive tests, chemical reagents, and the process for identifying, documenting and collecting suitable samples for DNA testing. Proper handling and packaging of samples to avoid possible contamination and degeneration of the DNA is another component covered in the course. Knowledge and skills are developed through hands-on practice exercises and experiments where students observe how blood droplets look on different surfaces, examine the droplets' directionality, determine their point of origin and further develop their knowledge of and skills related to crime scene processing.
Format and delivery
- Length of course
- 5 days
- Class size
- maximum 24 students
- Delivery setting
- theoretical components are delivered in classroom; practical components may take place indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions
- Knowledge of the history of bloodstain pattern analysis in crime scene investigations.
- Ability to recognize different bloodstain patterns.
- Understanding the impact angle of a bloodstain.
- Understanding how blood behaves under pre-set conditions.
- Knowledge of the human anatomy as it relates to human blood function and human body veinal systems.
- Ability to perform bloodstain swabbing for laboratory analysis.
- Understanding the value and uses of voids in bloodstain pattern analysis.
- Understanding how to apply mathematic formulas and physics principles to bloodstain pattern analysis.
- Understanding how to record a bloodletting scene.
- Ability to assess bloodstain spatter on fabrics.
- Understanding how to process a mock crime scene.
- Understanding the characteristics of spatter produced by a gunshot.
- Ability to perform presumptive tests.
Eligibility and mandatory requirements
- This course is offered to full-time crime scene examiners from an accredited police agency or full-time time criminal profilers.
- Registrants must have successfully completed the Forensic Identification Course (FIC) or an equivalent.
- Acceptance or refusal in the course is at the discretion of the Canadian Police College.
- Success in the course is based on participation and completion of all required assignments.
- Various evaluation methods are used, including a practical exam and final written exam.
- Re-testing or re-evaluation is conducted at the discretion of the course instructor.
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