Police Crime Scene Evidence Specialist Course

Police Crime Scene Evidence Specialist Course

June 5 - 16, 2017

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM



The Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy in cooperation with the Town of Amherst Police Department will present a two week Police Crime Scene Evidence Specialist Course.  This course is certified by the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services and is recommended for those officers responsible for processing crime scenes.

Instruction will focus on crime scene management and processing and will include the following topics: crime scene documentation; rules of evidence; search and seizure; moot court; forensic laboratory services, controlled substances, crime scene sketching, practical applicaiton; latent fingerprints practical application; techniques of examining, collecting and preserving physical evidence; latest technologies available; and multiple mock crime scenes practical application.  Successful completion of this course will require passing a final written cummulative examination.

The following is a list of supplies and equipment which you are required to bring to the class each day.

Crime Scene kit containing, at a minimum, the following:

  • Clipboard
  • Sketch templates
  • Pencils/pens/markers
  • Tape measures (2)
  • Magnetic compass
  • Fingerprint brushes, gel tape and lifters
  • Dusting powder (black and/or dual-use)
  • Scissors
  • Flashlight
  • Carrying case for equipment

Photography Equipment:

  • SLR or equivalent camera capable of manual operation - digital camera plus flash card
  • Camera's owners manual
  • 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 scale)
  • Remote sync cord
  • Shutter release cable
  • Zoom lens
  • Tripod
  • Adequate supply of batteries


Basic Investigative Photography Course

Please Note:

Course enrollment will be limited to twenty two (22) officers.  Priority will be given for local law enforcement department's full time investigators.

Out of county officers must provide a certificate of residency form.  Please call for out of county fee schedule.  Unless enrollment permits otherwise, agencies are limited to allow equal opportunity to this course.

You will be given a Crime Scene Investigation CD during the Basic Investigative Photography Course.  You are to print th estudent manual and bring it to class each day.  The three ring binder will be provided for you.

Course Cost:

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

Please Observe the Academy Dress Code:

Uniform or shirt and tie for men, proper business attire for women, blue jeans are NOT acceptable


Town of Amherst Police Department, 500 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228


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

Students in need of special assistance, please contact Seargeant Michael Sliwa or Detective Peter Crofut at the Town of Amherst Police Department at 716-568-1828


Edward 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