This course will instruct patrol officers and detectives on the proper use of their agency's digital SLR camera. Students will learn how to document a crime scene and capture evidence through the use of appropriate photography techniques. Students will learn the importance of accurately capturing a crime scene so the resulting images reflect the scene at the time it was processed.
Students will learn the appropriate methods for archiving digital images for submission to a court of law. Emphasis will also be placed on the use of tripods, flash photography, macro photography, and the use of alternative lighting sources.
This hands-on course provides intimate instruction techniques so students learn by doing. Students are required to bring their agency's digital camera, camera flash, available camera lenses, flashlight, and a tripod.
Topics of Instruction Include:
Familiarization with department digital camera and associated equipment
Basics of scene documentation
Digital imaging archiving as it relates to chain of custody
Day 1 - Lecture; learning your equipment; basics on how and why things work; in-class and outdoor practicals.
Day 2 - Review of photograph taken on Day 1; indoor and outdoor low-light photographs; outdoor night practical.
Day 3 - Close-up photography; macro photography; vehicle photography; reviewing optional photography equipment; indoor crime scene and final practical
Please note that Day 2 will begin at noon and end at 8:00 p.m.
Who Should Attend?
This course is for patrol-level personnel who document traffic accidents and crime scenes as well as new detectives and investigators who are not familiar with digital SLR cameras and accessories.
I have never before had the ability to do anything with a camera that I can do now. Very good class!
Investigator - Cleveland, OH area police agency.
I had no idea the camera can do what it does. Excellent class!
Detective Brian Donato - Twinsburg, OH Police Department
Chief David Birker - Gnadenhutten, OH Police Department
*COURSE TIME IS 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on day two of class for night photography practical.
THIS COURSE IS LIMITED TO TWELVE (12) STUDENTS.
Agencies wishing to host this course may contact LEOTTA, LLC. at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: 216-503-1113.