Seminar Title

Online-Documenting the Death Scene: Murder, Suicide, Accident

Dates of Events

08/12/2021 through 08/12/2021

Last Updated: 05/24/2021
Instructor(s): Thomas Martin
Course Registration Fee: $150
Instructor Bio
Tom Martin, Senior Investigator, New York State Police, (retired)
Tom Martin began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and began his forensic career in 1990 as a crime scene field technician. For the majority of his career, Tom was assigned to the NYSP Forensic Identification Unit in Poughkeepsie, and supervised that unit for 14 years before retiring from that position in October 2010. Tom regularly provides forensic testimony in various state and federal courts.
Tom has a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. He is a nationally recognized speaker who has instructed at numerous forensic training seminars across the United States, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Conferences, The National Institute of Justice Annual Conferences and Technology Fairs, and the Smithsonian Institute. He is a faculty member of the National College of District Attorneys.

Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: August 12, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Eastern Time)

This training is for anyone who will be investigating a death scene, including police officers, death scene investigators, and crime scene technicians.
The initial information available to death scene investigators early on in the investigation is usually quite limited. Therefore, the death scene investigator must make decisions at the scene, regarding what is probative or important, without the benefit of 20/20 hindsight later when additional information might become available. As a general rule, when the scene investigator doesn’t have enough information to know what is important, everything becomes important. 
This training will focus on identifying and properly documenting evidence at a death scene. Tips for ensuring that pertinent aspects of the scene are properly documented will be discussed. 
Photography methods will be presented, including the proper photography of scene evidence, injuries, bloodstain evidence and ballistic evidence. 
Crime scene diagrams can be an important part of scene reconstruction. Accurate diagrams and measurements assist the jury in understanding the layout of the scene. Accurate measurements should be taken in such a way that a scale or “proportionately correct” diagram can be produced.
This program contains graphic scene photographs and actual case examples to illustrate the training material.
PLEASE NOTE: You will receive an E-mail 2 days prior to the event that will include a link to join the training. Your registration for this online training will give you access to the live sessions, as well as 30 days of access to the recorded version of the training once the live session has ended.
Group Viewing Encouraged: Multiple attendees can view the training from one single location and each attendee can receive a certificate.