Law Enforcement

Crime Scene Investigation

Oct 1 2018 - Oct 5 2018


This five day course is designed for front line law enforcement professionals who are responsible to manage, document, collect and preserve crime scene evidence. This course is designed to maximize “hands-on” training and student participation. Students will experience the many facets of processing a crime scene using the latest techniques and technology to include: Crime Scene Management and Documentation; Techniques for Sketching the Crime Scene; How to Properly Photograph the Features of a Crime Scene to include Night-Time Photography, Painting-with-Light Techniques, and LASER Shooting Scene Reconstruction Techniques; Techniques for the Photography and Recovery of Latent Fingerprints; Forensic Uses of Forensic Light Sources (ALSs); Collection Biological Fluids/DNA; Collection & Preservation of Firearm Evidence and Scene Trajectory & Reconstruction Techniques; Recovery of Hair, Fiber and Other Trace Evidence; Techniques to Recover Shoeprint, Tire Print and other Impression Evidence; Collection & Preservation of Computer Medium - Digital Evidence; Metal Detector Techniques & Procedures in search operations; Collection & Preservation of Questioned Document Evidence; Preparation and Submission of Evidence to a Laboratory; Elements of a Successful CSI Witness - Preparing to Present Physical Evidence in a Court of Law;  Crime Scene Safety Considerations.


The instructors will be highly trained and experienced FBI Special Agents (retired) who have many years of hands-on experience at major crime scenes. They managed the crime scenes in such cases as the UNABOMBER (Ted Kaczynski), the Polly Klaas Kidnapping and Murder Investigation, the Oklahoma City Federal Building Bombing and the World Trade Center bombings.

Designed For

Public safety personnel.


40 Hours


1.0 Semester Unit

Prerequisites/Requirements: Basic Police Academy Certificate or equivalent.  The equivalent would be: all employees of public safety agencies, i.e., sworn and non-sworn.


P.O.S.T. Plan III (Travel, per diem, & TUITION-REIMBURSEMENT)
Certificate awarded upon completion.


Students should bring their departmental issue digital CSI camera or personal digital camera (DSLR is the preferred camera body), flash attachment, lenses, memory cards, photographic scales, tripod, and batteries and rechargers for their equipment.  (Students will be taking photos throughout the course.)  Students should also bring a flashlight, a supply of latex or Nitrile gloves for personal use, a dust particle filter mask and eye protection such as goggles. 

Other supplies students need to bring to class  are: a notebook, pencil & eraser, a tape measure with a range of at least 25-30 feet, a 12" ruler, a compass and a clipboard or posse box to write on.  Bring any departmental issue crime scene equipment or supplies that you would like to use and practice with during the practical exercises.  Be sure all personal equipment you bring is properly identified with your name and your department name.  

Expendable supplies and other crime scene equipment will be provided by the instructors.

Wear comfortable clothing, jacket, hat and sunscreen for days working outdoors.

College of Record

Gavilan College


South Bay, The Academy
560 Bailey Avenue
San Jose, CA 95141
Room D-102



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

Monday-Friday; 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.