Forensic & Shooting Courses available at EPA in
association with CSOFS & TTC

Shooting scene reconstruction courses - The previous course EPA ran consisted of the following Syllabus;

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  • This course has frequent LIVE-FIRE components to it!  You will see how the evidence at shooting scenes is generated.
  • Practical, hands on trajectory measurement techniques, and a comparison of known impact angles to measured angles in walls, cars, other objects and materials.
  • Training in correct usage of trajectory analysis equipment (rods, lasers, protractors, 3D laser scanners, and more).
  • A thorough review of small arms ammunition and projectile design characteristics critical to shooting reconstruction.
  • Examination of shooting reconstruction as a well founded aspect of forensic science.
  • Review of common questions and issues in shooting incidents. (Case illustrations).
  • Instruction in shooting incident investigation and reconstruction procedures, as well as basic crime scene procedures.
  • Case investigation approach and philosophy.
  • Cover the properties of specific terminal ballistic events (shot sequence, direction of fire, etc).
  • Examination of projectile penetration, perforation, and deflection characteristics of; sheet metal, glass, wall materials, wood, tyres, and more!
  • A complete review of fundamental exterior and terminal ballistic properties of projectiles.
  • Laboratory examination aspects of recovered bullets from a reconstructive standpoint - the Locardian Principle and trace evidence considerations.
  • Chemical tests to determine whether a suspected impact site is, or is no bullet/pellet created.
  • Cartridge case ejection patterns.
  • Shotgun ballistics and pellet pattern analysis.
  • Introduction to 3D Laser Scanning as the cutting edge method of crime scene documentation.
  • Written test final... Test your knowledge, what have you learned?
  • Certificate of Completion.

Photographic Courses - How to photograph evidence correctly for a court case...

  • This course covers all aspects of photography for preparing the photographic evidence required from a scene for a court case.
  • How to shoot a correct image sequence without disturbing the scene.
  • Correct lens choice for each image.
  • Depth of Field selection.
  • Lighting a scene when required.
  • Macro photography.
  • Camera set up and handling.
  • File formats.
  • Correct camera/lens angles.
  • ISO selection and why!
  • Storage of files and backup procedures.
  • Live image tethering.
  • Preparing images for court.
  • And more...

Firearms identification & Safety...

  • This course covers all aspects of photography for preparing the photographic evidence required from a scene for a court case.
  • How to shoot a correct image sequence without disturbing the scene.
  • Correct lens choice for each image.
  • Depth of Field selection.
  • Lighting a scene when required.
  • Macro photography.
  • Camera set up and handling.
  • File formats.
  • Correct camera/lens angles.
  • ISO selection and why!
  • Storage of files and backup procedures.
  • Live image tethering.
  • Preparing images for court.
  • And more...

Other courses. Please enquire

Understanding Ammunition - Types- Function-Purpose- Reloading- components –safety- legal-regulations

Precision shooting - Trajectory - Range Estimation - Scopes - Windage - Internal & External Ballistics

Explosion scene examination – understanding explosion damage and scene indicators- scene processing and evidence recovery.
Explosives- components –safety- legal-regulations – viable explosive compositions- device construction – efficiency of device. Explosives-Residue- device construction – efficiency of device – where and what to sample?- forensic value of evidence.

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