Forensic Institute for Research and Education



Blood Pattern Analysis

July 13-17, $700

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Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. determine directions of travel;
  2. employ appropriate techniques to document target;
  3. demonstrate basic physics skills to calculate angle of impact;
  4. employ appropriate techniques to determine point of convergence and point of orign;
  5. identify mode of impact (gunshot, explosion, mechanical) using mock scenes or multimedia; and
  6. demonstrate knowledge of sequencing, drying time, and cast off during instructor facilitated lab.


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. This course is POST and ABMDI approved for 40 hours; space is limited. This course will meet the class requirement for an IAI BPA certification (pending approval). Register here.

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


 Onground course


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