Topic ID #40828 - posted 3/25/2019 8:56 AM

Understanding Crime Scene Diagramming - 2019 Summer Short Course in Pittsburg, PA


Course Title: Understanding Crime Scene Diagramming 

Dates: June 13-14, 2019, or August 8-9, 2019 (two courses being offered)

Instructors: Michael J. Hochrein (FBI, ret.) and Dennis C. Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA

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Course Description: 

Understanding Crime Scene Diagramming is an introductory course for crime scene and death scene investigators, analysts, and attorneys with no, or limited, experience in the documentation of indoor and outdor crime scenes using three-dimensional mapping techniques.  The two-day course, (accredited for 15.25 hours by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators), is designed to introduce the investigator to crime scene mapping technology by presenting the fundamental principles which underlie even the most sophisticated devices.

The mapping, or diagramming, of most crime scenes remains a too often overlooked, or short cut, aspect of the documentation process.  It remains, however, an absolute requirement in association with, and in support of, crime scene photography and narrative descriptions.  This course demonstrates the importance of diagramming toward the reconstruction and interpretation of the crime scene, incident, and event.  Through lecture, case histories, and practical exercises, participants learn how a variety of mapping techniques can be accomplished with inexpensive instruments at most scenes.  Further, this short course shows how the same principles behind the “low-tech” procedures are the bases of operating sophisticated electronic measuring devices.

Price: $400 (with a $75 discount if you register before the end of March)

Housing: Options are available for ~$25/night. Please contact for information. 

Credits: No course credits for college/universities are available for this course, but it has been approved for 15.25 ABMDI continuing education credit hours 

For more information and to register, visit our website: 


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