FBI Crime Scene Processing and Introduction to Forensics

This is a basic level course for detectives and other law enforcement personnel that are new to processing crime scenes.  The course is taught by multiple members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Evidence Response Team.  It includes classroom instruction and practical exercises outside of the classroom.  The course ends with the students dividing into teams and processing a mock crime scene, using the techniques learned from the course.  It is a fast-paced course and each block of instruction builds on the ones before it. Some of the course topics will include:

  • Basic crime scene management
  • Latent prints
  • Serology and DNA
  • Impressions
  • Alternate light source
  • Searching vehicles
  • Documentation
  • Photography
  • Sketching
  • Recovering human remains
  • Autopsy procedures
  • Case studies

To register for the course, contact your Training Manager to assign the training to you via LMS or complete the application under "Required Forms". 

Upcoming classes are listed below.  Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the class.  Selections will be completed four weeks prior to the class; those accepted into the class will receive a notification at that time.

If classes are full, or not available, please complete the Course Interest Survey.  This is not a waiting list, but instead helps us see if there is enough interest to create another class.  If we schedule a session, we will contact everyone who has completed the survey and request that registration be completed.

DB Gates (Special Investigations Program Manager), Roxana Jenny-Williams (Administrative Assistant)


Required Equipment

  • A digital SLR camera with a remote flash is preferred. If you do not have access to an SLR camera with removable flash, your agency issued camera used for crime scenes.  Each student will need a camera kit.
  • Backup batteries, SD card, and detachable flash
  • Tripod
  • Flashlight
  • An L shaped black and white photo ruler
  • Cell phone cameras will not be allowed

Dress Code

Visitors attending training at the WSCJTC are encouraged to wear their agency logo shirt/uniform or agency ID badge while on campus. 

Visitors not wearing agency identification can attend classes in business casual attire.  They will need check in at the front desk and wear a clip-on visitor's identification card.


Classes will be held 0800 – 1700 Monday through Friday.

Dates and locations will vary by session.


Deadline to cancel is 7 days prior to class.  Send an email to  atd@cjtc.wa.gov to cancel your registration.

$50 no show or late cancellation fee


Registration is preferred through the LMS system.  If a paper application is needed, please complete the form below and email to atd@cjtc.wa.gov for processing.