Basic Investigative Photography

Basic Investigative Photography

May 21 - 25, 2018

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

(one day will be scheduled for night photography)

The Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy in cooperation with the Town of Cheektowaga Police Department will present a one week Basic Investigative Photography Course.  This course is certified by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services as a pre-requisite for the Police Crime Scene and Evidence Specialist Course which will be held sometime in June.

Instruction will focus on crime scene photography and equipment.  The following topics will be covered; photography and videography, digital photography, basic techniques of photography, lighting techniques, flash photography, and evidence photography.  Successful completion of this course will require passing a final written cumulative examination.

Officers enrolled in this course must bring the following equipment to the classroom each day:

  • SLR/Digital Camera with owner's manual and flash cards
  • External electronic flash (not built in pop up)
  • Macro lens or camera capable of taking close up photographs
  • Variety of photographic scales (i.e., six inch, angled scales)
  • Remote sync cord; shutter release cable; zoom lens; tripod; adequate supply of batteries
  • Thumb drive
  • Evidence markers
    • If you do not have the proper equipment, you will not be allowed to attend this training

Please Note:

Course enrollment will be limited to sixteen (16) officers.  Out of county officers must provide a Certificate of Residency form.  Please call for the out of county fee schedule.  Unless enrollment permits otherwise, agencies are limited to allow equal opportunity to this course.  There will also be a scheduled "Night Shoot" during the week and officers will be required to work 1600 - 2400.

Course Cost:

There is no course cost for Erie County Police Agencies.  Other agencies should call to see if a fee applies.

Dress Code:

Casual dress


Cheektowaga Police Headquarters, 3223 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227


Registration can be done on our website HERE or you may print and fax the form to 716-270-5390.

Students in need of special assistance, please contact Detective David Mossman at the Town of Cheektowaga Police Department at 716-583-1610.


Edward C. Hempling, Director of Training

Frequently Requested Information


Phone: (716) 858-8219
Fax: (716) 858-6039

Central Police Services
Public Safety Building
45 Elm Street
Buffalo, New York 14203