Law Enforcement

Crime Scene Investigation

Feb 22 2022 - Feb 26 2022


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 IV (Student travel & per diem)
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

College Term


Meeting days/times

Tuesday-Saturday; 0800-1700 hrs.



Additional fees will apply to Non-College Registered Students. Contact our main office at 408-229-4299 for specific amounts.

Late Cancellation Fee

$50 after 2/13/2022

Payment Information

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 checks (made payable to SBRPSTC). Agency billing may also be arranged. Financial aid and VA benefits may be available.

*ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. When possible, students will be advised of any fee changes prior to course start date. Tuition fee increases made at any time by the State Chancellor’s office may require collection of additional fees from students.

Students who have not lived in California for at least one (1) year and (1) day prior to start of college semester or do not meet other college criteria may be considered “out-of-state” students, and subject to additional fees to the ones listed above. Please check with our staff for details and exact costs.


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
  • Method of payment if applicable

Self-sponsored students: Contact our main office at (408) 229-4299 to register. Be prepared to submit full or partial payment, depending on the class

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, your reservation must be cancelled no later than 30 days prior to first day of class. After the 30-day cancellation period, students/agencies will forfeit a minimum of $50 for materials expenses associated with unexcused cancellations. Substitutions or transfer of your reservation to another student is permitted upon approval.

Course Cancellation by South Bay

Each class has a minimum enrollment requirement. If the minimum enrollment is not reached for the course three weeks prior to the beginning of the class, the class may be cancelled and any deposits/payments will be refunded in full.

College Application Process

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, Lake Tahoe Community 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 the above accredited institutions.

Funds generated through this process offset the costs of each course, thereby reducing student fees for the student/agency and allowing us to present more courses. Consequently, we require all students taking one of our college-based courses to apply to the designated college using OpenCCC, the online college application system by which the majority of community colleges collects registration and transcription information.

Students will receive reservation confirmation and class information along with college application instructions approximately 45 days before the class starts. If applicable, you will be required to complete the college application process and submit your South Bay Registration Form, to include your OpenCCC and applicable College ID numbers no later than 30 days before the class start date.*Additional fees will apply to Non-College Registered Students. Contact our main office at (408) 229-4299 for specific amounts.