Law Enforcement

Crime Scene & Forensic Photography

Jan 23 2018 - Jan 25 2018


Crime Scene and Forensic Photography is a 3-day course that provides extensive information and practical experience pertinent to crime scene and forensic photography of physical evidence. The course will begin with the basic settings and operations of a typical Digital SLR camera and proceed to advanced camera techniques and procedures to detect and photographically document a crime scene and all of its pertinent features. The course will also cover how to photographically document latent prints at the crime scene or upon various forms of physical evidence. Additional topics include: the proper selection and use of cameras, camera settings of Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Mode, Normal, Macro & Zoom lenses, f-stops, depth-of-field, shutter speeds, fill-flash, off-camera flash, macro photography, fluorescent evidence photography, the four major vantage points of crime scene photography, the use of scales, tripods, filters, painting-with-light, simulated night-time photographic techniques, specialized lighting techniques, using LASERs for shooting scene reconstruction, high energy forensic lights, recommended photographic equipment, and the requirements to present digital photographic evidence in a court of law.


Special Agent Mike Stapleton, M.A., recently retired after a career that spanned over 34 years with the FBI. As a Special Agent, Mr. Stapleton investigated an extensive range of matters that came under FBI jurisdiction such as the UNABOMBER (Ted Kaczynski) investigation, the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and Murder Investigation, and the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing.  He is also a recognized fingerprint identification expert.  Mike is a FBI Master Police Instructor and has taught crime scene investigation and forensic courses to thousands of law enforcement professionals over the last 35 years.
Designed For

Those in law enforcement and those not yet in law enforcement but have an interest in this field.  Priority is given to LE agency employees 


24 Hours


.5 Semester Unit


P.O.S.T. Plan IV; Certificate awarded upon completion.


Students are REQUIRED to bring their own personal or departmental digital cameras (preferably DSLR cameras), lenses (normal, macro, & zoom), owner’s manuals, tripods, memory cards, electronic flash attachments, flashlights, extra batteries, battery chargers and photographic scales.  Other items to bring but are not required are remote shutter release cords, off-camera flash sync cords, lens filters, and if possible any other crime scene photographic equipment and supplies issued by their department for use at crime scenes. It is also highly recommended that each student familiarize themselves with the operation and settings of their camera before the start of this course.


College of Record

Gavilan College


Day 1 & 2 at The Academy
560 Bailey Ave. Room D-102
San Jose, CA 95141

Day 3 at Santa Clara PD Range
1990 Walsh Ave.
Santa Clara, CA



All classes require full payment or a designated deposit at time of reservation. We accept Visa and MasterCard (a transaction fee of 2% will apply), cash, money order and cashier's check (made payable to SBRPSTC). Agency billing may also be arranged. Financial aid and VA benefits may be available. All fees subject to change.

Meeting days/times

Tuesday - Thursday ; 0800-1700 hrs.


Agency personnel: please phone in (or email to: the following information:

  • Class Requested
  • Agency Name
  • Training Officer (TO) Name
  • TO's Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Attendee Name(s), Email Address, DOB

Self-sponsored students: Contact our main office at (408) 229-4299 to register. Be prepared to submit partial or full payment, depending on the class. All registration documents and final payment must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start date of the course. Only certain courses have downloadable registration materials; click here to view a list of those courses.

All students are required to pay for the course by the first day of class.

All students are required to apply through OpenCCC. Refer to the College of Record, listed previously on this flyer, then click here for step-by-step instructions according to that college. (Exceptions: POST Management Course or any other Contract course.)

Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen but have a Permanent Resident card, email a copy of the front and back of the card (indicate the class in which you are registering) to:

Cancellation / Refund Policy

All classes require full payment due by or before the first day of class. Out of consideration for people who are on a waiting list, please cancel your reservation no later than 21 days prior to first day of class. After the 21-day cancellation period, students will forfeit a minimum of $50 for materials expenses associated with unexcused cancellations. Substitutions or transfer of registration to another student is permitted upon approval.

Course Cancellation

Each class has a minimum enrollment requirement. If the minimum enrollment is not reached for the course three weeks before the class begins, the class will be cancelled, and deposits will be refunded in full.

*ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. NO EXCEPTIONS. When possible students will be advised of any fee changes prior to course start date. Tuition fee increases made at anytime by the State Chancellor's office may require collection of additional fees from students. We Accept Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Cash or Agency Billing (by arrangement). Make Money Order or Cashiers Checks payable to: SBRPSTC

Out of State or Non-Affiliated students who have not lived in California for at least one (1) year and one (1) day prior to start of college semester are subject to "out of state" college registration fees in addition to the fees listed above. Please check with our staff for details and exact costs.

This program is presented through the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium of Community Colleges (SBRPSTC), which includes Gavilan College, Monterey Peninsula College, Ohlone College, Hartnell College, Foothill College, Lake Tahoe Community College, Mission College, College of San Mateo, and Cabrillo College.

Only courses and programs presented for college credit will be funded, transcripted and certified through one of these accredited institutions.