In partnership with Foster & Freeman, the RMDIAI is offering FREE online courses for the membership:
Redefining Possibilities: (Tues Jan 12, 2021 – 9AM MT Time)
Detect More Evidence: (Wed Jan 13, 2021 – 9AM MT Time)
Documentation and Recover of 2D Impression Evidence (Tues Jan 19, 2021 – 9AM MT Time)
To register, RMDIAI Members will need to click on the form and enter their name and email. It is important to make sure they list their name properly, as this will show us who is registered, and also the name that will be used to log onto Zoom. We will provided you with a list of those who attended the classes (so you can send certificates if you want, or just so you have record of who attended – like a class sign in sheet).
Redefining Possibilities: The Development of Latent Fingermarks from Cartridge Casings and Cleaned Metals Using A Novel Vapor Phase Technique.
This presentation will begin by providing attendees with a background to a new novel chemical fuming process that has been shown to offer significant advantages over traditional latent fingermark enhancement processes across a range of metallic substrates (copper, brass, stainless steel, etc). Described by the UK Ministry of Defense as ‘revolutionary’ and ‘ground-breaking’, the unique ability of this process to recover fingerprint ridge patterns when none of the latent fingermark residue actually remains on the substrate (i.e. the surface has been wiped clean, washed, submerged in water, heated, or a combination of these) will be explored and practical examples illustrated and discussed.
Detect More Evidence: Extend Your Search Beyond the Visible
Various types of evidence are often overlooked at a crime scene because they are not visible to the naked eye. When using an alternate light source with the proper corresponding filter, it is still possible to miss items of evidence due to background interference or improper angle of illumination. The purpose of this workshop will be to introduce attendees to various methods utilized in detecting evidence beyond the visible range. An introduction to light theory and techniques utilizing wavelengths of light beyond the visible range on notoriously difficult surfaces will be discussed. This will include ultraviolet and infrared examination to detect the presence of biological fluids, gunshot residue, and fingerprints on difficult backgrounds. Novel oblique lighting techniques will be explored to detect evidence on raised surfaces and footwear impressions. Bandpass filtering techniques will also be explored to aid in the detection of evidence at crime scenes. Attendees will be introduced to non-visible lighting techniques and digital capture of fingerprints developed using various treatment methods including cyanoacrylate fuming and IR fluorescent fingerprint powders. A new technique for developing fingerprints on fired cartridge casings and other difficult surfaces will also be introduced in this workshop.
Documentation and Recovery of 2D Impression Evidence
Footwear impressions can reveal, in many cases, the type, make, design and approximate or precise size of the footwear that made them. This can be done through class and individual characteristics that are visible in the impression. The information can often assist in identifying a suspect. In addition, the location of footwear impressions at the scene can often help to reconstruct the crime. The presence, characteristics and condition of the impression can assist in determining the number of suspects involved, their path through and away from the crime scene, their involvement in the crime, and the events that occurred during the crime. Footwear impressions at crime scenes can also be used to corroborate or refute information provided by other witnesses. This hands-on workshop is designed to help the student learn the best methods for recovering 2D footwear impression evidence. The collection of exemplar prints will also be discussed and new technology/methods demonstrated.
Please join us at the Monarch Casino Resort & Spa in Black Hawk, CO, on June 16-18, 2021 for our Annual Educational Conference
Due to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and the applicable Federal, State, and Local recommendations and mandates, it is with heavy hearts that we have canceled this year's Educational Conference that was scheduled for June 17th-19th, 2020, at the Monarch Casino in Blackhawk. Please read this letter from President Heather Hatfield regarding this decision and future conference plans.
The Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification, chartered in 1967, is composed of persons in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, and is formed to associate persons who are actively engaged in the profession of forensic identification and scientific investigation so the profession in all of its branches may be effectively standardized and scientifically practiced. The RMDIAI also works with the parent organization and other chartered divisions to advance the field of scientific identification.