Forensic Institute for Research and Education


 Current Training:


Mobile Device Evidence: Protocols, Documentation, and Seizure

This on site course featuring digital forensics expert instructor Howard Patterson will be held on MTSU's campus on March 19, 2015. POST approval is pending. This course is limited to law enforcement only; space is limited. Register here ($100).

In this course, with a mobile device in an office or field setting, the student will be able to:

  • Identify unique characteristics and identifiers.
  • List wifi network names and descriptions.
  • Protect mobile devices from receiving network signals or alterations.
  • Collect information to preserve mobile device evidence and apply this information to obtain further leads.
  • Pinpoint communication apps and the evidence that can be extracted from them. 


Introduction to Intelligence Analysis

This 24 hour asynchronous online course will run March 30 - April 26 and is a basic introduction to the intelligence cycle. This course is open to analysts, law enforcement, and anyone interested in learning more about the intelligence cycle, but space is limited. Register here by March 1 for an early registration price of $300 ($325 after March 1). POST approval is pending. The course contains interactive virtual meetings with the instructor, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Intelligence Analyst Misty Rose.



 DSI 21015

Death Scene Investigation: Know Your Risks 

FIRE's second annual Death Scene Investigation conference will be held April 22 in the MTSU Student Union ballroom. This event is free and open to public but will be especially beneficial to death scene investigators, first responders, law enforcement, medical examiners, district attorneys, and public defenders. Register here.


2015 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit: Safeguarding Identities and Emerging Threats

The 2015 Cyber Summit will be held in the MTSU Student Union Ballroom on May 5 and will address identity theft prevention, causes, and deterrents with scheduled presentations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Presidio, LBMC, Stroz Friedberg, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. CEUs and CPEs will be available as well ($10 processing fee to MTSU). Register here. This event is free and open to the public.


Blood Pattern Analysis

This on site course with one of the nation's leading experts in blood pattern analysis, Paulette Sutton, MS, MT (ASCP), CLS, will be held at MTSU on July 13-17. Co-author of the book Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Ms. Sutton retired from the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office and the University of Tennessee, Memphis in 2006. At retirement, she was the Director of Investigations and the Assistant Director of Forensic Services for the Division of Forensic Pathology. 

Since retirement, she has continued to teach Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and to consult with investigators, attorneys and pathologists from numerous states, as well as the federal government. She has been qualified as an expert in the fields of forensic serology, bloodstain pattern analysis, and crime scene reconstruction in a number of states and federal courts. 

She was a member of the Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN) and is a member of the Forensic Science Editorial Review board for CRC Press. Honors include the position of Distinguished Member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts Association, Lecturer of Merit Award and Distinguished Faculty Award from the National College of District Attorney, and the Outstanding Service Award from the FBI.

The course is open to all those interested in blood pattern analysis such as educators, forensic science students, crime scene investigators, and law enforcement. POST approval is pending; space is limited. This course will meet the class requirement for an IAI BPA certification (pending approval). Register here by April 1 for an early registration price of $650 ($700 after April 1). 

Mental Health

Mental Health Requirement: POST approved for 1 hour

FIRE is offering a new online training course in the area of mental health. The course meets the new POST Commission mental health requirement and has been approved for one hour of POST certification. Created by Kim Parker, MSSW, the course makes officers aware of mental health issues, which they may encounter on the job. The cost of the one hour course is only $25 and may be accessed and completed at any time. Click here to register.
Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the course. The course is to be used only for the registered participant. If you have any questions, please email or 615-494-7971.

Onground course


Onground course


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