Forensic Skeletal Scenes: Search, Recovery, & Documentation of Evidence
This program includes both classroom instruction and hands-on experience involving
mock crime scene scenarios. The course will cover search strategies for surface, burial,
and burn scenes, and their documentation: human osteology, non-human osteology, mapping
(e.g., total station; string lines; grid units; compass and tape); scene photography;
remote sensing; metal detectors; recovery tips (e.g., probes, shovel, trowel, bamboo,
and screening). Hands-on experience will include strategies for location of burial
sites and surface scatter, scene mapping/diagramming techniques, documentation of
evidence, and recovery.
This is a 40-hour course taught by Dr. Hugh Berryman (Director, Forensic Institute for Research and Education at Middle Tennessee State University and Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist with over 30 years’ experience working cases for the State Medical Examiner).
This course is approved by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission and the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) for forty (40) hours. Participants may receive 4.0 CEUs/40 CPEs through Middle Tennessee State University upon request.
Date: Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8, 2018
Location: MTSU Horse Science Center
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Mental Health Requirement: POST approved for 1 hour
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