Law Enforcement Training

Overview

The Evidence Technician Training Course is an 80-hour course. Excellent teaching and student participation is guaranteed by limiting the class size to nine students. Officers are instructed by Coroner and Crime Laboratory personnel and are taught collection and packaging in all areas of evidence processing. A mock crime scene is used for teaching crime scene sketching and processing skills. At the end of the course, each officer is given a written examination. Upon successful completion of the course, the officer becomes a Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory-trained Evidence Technician.

Topics Include
  • Alternate Light Sources
  • Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Chemistry
  • Crime Scene Sketching, Mapping, and Analysis
  • DNA/Serology
  • Firearms
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Latent Prints
  • Photography
  • Toxicology
  • Trace Evidence
Evidence Technician laser in room.

This course is of no cost to member agencies. A fee of $1400 for non-member agencies is required.

Enrollment Criteria

The following criteria have been established governing the admittance of students to the course:

  1. Full-time Police Officer in a public agency.
  2. Minimum of 3 years of full-time police experience.
  3. Designated by the agency head that the graduate will be utilized as the Department's Evidence Technician.
  4. No more than three officers per year from any one agency, unless space is available.

Due to high demand, we fill every class with the maximum. The maximum number has been increased to 9. Member agencies have priority placement. Non-member agencies will be offered available slots one month out from the class start date.

2023 Course Dates

  • September 18 to 29, 2023
  • October 16 to 27, 2023
  • November 27 to December 8, 2023

2024 Course Dates

  • March 11 to 22, 2024 
  • April 15  to 26, 2024
  • May 13 to 24, 2024
  • July 29 to August 9, 2024
  • August 19 to 30, 2024
  • September 23 to October 4, 2024
  • December 2 to 13, 2024

Requirements

  1. Mock Crime Scene - Students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency by successfully processing a "controlled" crime scene. Techniques of sketching, photographing, collection and preservation of physical evidence will be used to complete this requirement.
  2. Written Examination - A comprehensive examination will be given to each student on the last day of the class. The test will include material from the lectures, handout material, and practice sessions. A score of 80% or better is required to pass.

Each student will be assigned a digital camera for the purpose of completing specific course assignments.

Download the Evidence Technician Training Course Application (PDF)

Further information can be obtained by emailing Robert Hunkeler or calling 937-496-7266.