The science of bloodstain pattern analysis can assist investigators in making determinations, such as, relative positions of the victim or suspect, the nature of the force and weapon used, and the approximate number of blows struck during an assault. This course is designed for those who investigate crime scenes containing blood evidence, such as assaults and death investigation, as well as those who process bloodstained evidentiary items. Participants will learn the basic knowledge of bloodstain pattern analysis, including methods and skills for the scientific interpretation of bloodstain evidence at crime scenes and on evidentiary items. Course instruction is through lecture and case review with emphasis on experiments and practical application.
This course meets Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) requirements Texas Forensic Science Academy Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course #40057.
- Licensed or certified peace officer with a current
commission employed by or attached to a law enforcement/investigative
- Civilian employed by a law enforcement/investigative agency
conducting investigative tasks or duties
- Nurse employed by a medical facility tasked with conducting
Class attendance is an essential part of the education
process, and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class
sessions and field exercises. The course
requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a
component of successful course completion.
During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance
requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
To receive course and TCOLE credit, participants employed by
or attached to law enforcement/investigative agencies must attend the class in
Student May Bring:
- Camera for documentation of created exemplars
- Magnifier/loupe with scale
- Scientific calculator
- Clear plastic 12-inch ruler scaled in tenth and metric gradations
- Mechanical pencil
Course Attire / PPE
- Participants will be required to conduct field exercises throughout the
week and should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor
TopicsBiological hazards in crime scenes +Bloodstain pattern analysis and courtroom testimony +Chemical processing of crime scenes +Determining area of convergence of bloodstains +Determining area of origin of bloodstains +Determining the angle of impact of bloodstains +Documenting crime scenes +History of bloodstain pattern analysis +Identification and analysis of bloodstain patterns +Measuring bloodstains +Utilizing bloodstain pattern analysis at crime scenes
Law enforcement and non-commissioned personnel assigned to
investigative tasks and duties such as crime scene investigators, crime scene reconstructionists, detectives, medicolegal
death investigators and patrol officers
Continuing Education and Professional Credits4 CEUs
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)+ACE+International Association of Identification (IAI)+International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts (IABPA)
- Students will use bovine blood during class activities