Forensic Training


Select from any of the training topic areas (below) to learn more about each course offering available at LEIC.  If there is a course you do not see but would like training please contact us.

The National Forensic Academy (NFA)™ is an intensive 10-week training program, designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection, and preservation. The NFA is offered in-residence, utilizing curriculum developed by leading forensic practitioners from across the United States. Participants will be challenged in the various disciplines through classroom instruction, lab activities, and field practicums in the specialized courses. Academy participants will complete written and in-class competency exams to demonstrate mastery of the subject areas. The goal of the Academy is to prepare the crime scene investigator to recognize key elements and to improve the process of evidence recovery and submission. Click HERE to learn more.
This course will expand on topics contained in the Basic Shooting Incident Reconstruction course and address many new topics great detail. This course takes the basic course to the next level beyond merely gathering the data necessary for an analysis and reconstruction. In the Advanced SIR course, the student will utilize scientific reasoning for incident reconstruction. The student will develop a better understanding of the human body as a target and the role wound tracks and bloodstain evidence play in an overall objective and unbiased reconstruction. The students will work in groups to show how important the role of peer interaction plays in a reconstruction. Working as a group, the students will examine, record, and reconstruct the scene from actual case materials and present their findings to the class and instructors.
PREREQUISITE REQUIRED: You must have completed a 40-hour Basic Shooting Course to attend this class.
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This course is designed to teach crime scene investigation techniques. This hands-on training program offers both sworn and non-sworn crime scene investigators and technicians access to forensic evidence identification, documentation, collection, and preservation procedures. During this 40-hour block of instruction, participants receive hands-on training in the areas of DNA evidence, fingerprinting, field presumptive testing, photography, evidence collection and packaging, fundamentals of shooting scene, documentation, crime scene sketching, and more. This introductory level course blends facilitated learning and lecture periods with mock crime scenes and provides a safe and effective training environment for crime scene personnel. This training is facilitated by current instructors at the National Forensic Academy.
**Participants must be employed by a law enforcement or forensic organization.**

This course has been designed to provide a more advanced instruction in digital photography to law enforcement personnel responsible for photographic documentation of crime scenes. Topics include review of basic concepts, Managing light/ Lighting Techniques, Critical comparisons/ Examination Quality Images, Bloodstain and Shooting Scene Reconstruction Photography, and Considerations with Arson/Fire Photography.
To take this course each attendee must have taken a basic crime scene photography course and have the following equipment: 1. A DSLR, or Mirrorless camera capable of capturing images at a resolution of at least 12 megapixels in a JPEG format, with a lens capable of capturing the normal human perspective (50mm on full-frame cameras or 35mm on a crop sensor camera) and any additional issued lenses. 2. An external flash unit capable of manual power adjustment and a cable, radio transmitter, or other method allowing off-camera use of the flash unit. 3. A photography tripod with an invertible center column. (NOTE: A video type pan/tilt head style tripod is not adequate for this class.) 4. A remote shutter cable or reliable wireless method to discharge the camera hands-free. 5. A selection of measuring scales, markers, etc. 6. A laptop computer with appropriate software to process images taken during the class.

**Participants must be employed by a law enforcement or forensic organization.**
**This course is funded by the OCJP Violent Crime Intervention Fund and is available at no cost to Tennessee law enforcement agencies. Due to this being a Tennessee grant funded course, participants from out-of-state are not eligible to register."
New and emerging technologies for latent print visualization, collection, and documentation on various surfaces are taught in this course. Participants gain hands-on experience using the proper methods of recording fingerprints to ensure the prints contain useful data for analysis and comparison.
This course explores the development, history, and advancement of bloodstain pattern interpretation. Participants learn to recognize, document, collect, preserve, and examine bloodstain pattern evidence. Successful graduates of this course are eligible for admission into the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA).
The UT National Forensic Academy has partnered with the University of Tennessee at Martin to offer an in-residence, three-week National Forensic Academy Collegiate Program for criminal justice undergraduate/graduate students. The goals of the program are:
  • Prepare students for a career in the criminal justice field
  • Increase knowledge of forensic science
  • Provide hands-on experience through practical exercises and real-life crime scene scenarios
  • Exposure and instruction from nationally recognized subject matter experts
  • To mirror the award winning 10-week in-residence National Forensic Academy that is only offered to law enforcement personnel
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For more information, contact Tim Schade at and (865) 946-3236.


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