Topeka, Kan. – Law enforcement professionals from across Kansas will be on the Washburn University campus for crime scene investigation training June 5 and 6. Classes will be in the Washburn University Kansas Bureau of Investigations (KBI) Forensic Science Center. This professional development and continuing education opportunity is a partnership between Washburn University and the University of Kansas, Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.
The sessions cover the specific techniques required to document crime scenes for court presentations, such as basic photography skills, how to identify and collect trace DNA, latent print, and firearms and footwear evidence. Attendees will learn about the capabilities of the KBI Criminalistics Laboratory, hear about case studies and learn how to properly prepare a report for the district attorney’s (DA) office. Attendees will also work crime scene practicals and will receive a significant amount of hands-on training.
The training will be led by Rebecca Vincent-Giles, forensic investigations program coordinator for the Washburn University criminal justice department, and Major Bill Cochran, Topeka Police Department. Guest speakers include members of the KBI, Washburn University professors, Topeka Police Department detectives and crime scene investigators, members of the Shawnee County DA’s office, and Johnson County Sheriff’s Office crime scene investigators.