Crime Scene TapeCrime Scene Tape

Crime Scene Investigation Course

The certification course in Applied Forensic Sciences, available through California University of Pennsylvania's Professional Studies Department, is also approved training by Pennsylvania State Division of the International Association for Identification.

Only $395.00

The five day course will include instruction from many of the area's best — course instructors are as follows: Commander Ron Freeman, retired Pittsburgh Police, 34 years in the homicide squad and a regular instructor in forensics and death investigation; Detective Brian Kohlhepp, BA, MA of the Ross Police Forensic Investigation Unit—a forensic professional and instructor in multiple subjects including forensic photography; Wayne Reutzel, certified fingerprint examiner with over 30 years of experience; and Sara Bitner, a practitioner and educator in the DNA field.

The next course will be scheduled for April 28-May 2, 2014.

To register please call Hope Haywood at 724-938-4763 or email


  • Approaching the Crime Scene
  • Overall Crime Scene Planning and Strategy
  • Trace Evidence
  • Impression Evidence

 Latent Prints

  • Detection, Documentation, and Collection of Latent Prints
  • Fingerprints and Palm Prints
  • Scene and Lab Processing
  • Cyanoacrylate Fuming
  • Use of powder/other techniques

Forensic Photography

  • Equipment
  • Techniques
  • Legal Aspects
  • Digital versus Film
  • Digital Imaging (Enhancement)


  • Detection, Documentation, and Collection of DNA Evidence
  • Touch DNA
  • Legal Aspects
  • Presumptive Testing

Death Investigation

  • Accidental and Natural Deaths
  • Homicide
  • Blood Spatter