ABOUT THE COURSE:
Louisville Metro Police Surgeon Bill Smock, M.D., one of the country's leading law enforcement educators and expert in clinical forensic medicine, has developed an 8-hour training program to assist forensic nurses, law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the forensic evaluation of gunshot wounds.
The program is specifically designed for law enforcement officers and medical personnel involved with the investigation, evaluation and reconstruction of firearms-related incidents, including domestic and officer-involved shootings. The information presented will assist you in your investigation and ensure that your conclusions and findings are based upon the most up-to-date medical science and forensic evidence
How to correctly determine entrance versus exit wounds
A review of current medical literature on the accuracy of untrained physicians at differentiating entrance from exit wounds
How to accurately determine the range-of-fire
How to determine the direction of bullet movement in graze wounds
Appropriate evidence recognition, collection and preservation
What tests should you ask your crime lab to perform
How to determine the wound track
Forensic photography techniques
The investigation of officer-involved shootings: can you account for each round and wound?
Case studies: domestic and officer-involved shooting
Use and misuse of forensic terminology
Interviewing techniques: what questions will determine the truth behind what happened?
Recognition of staged shooting scenes
Wound ballistics and wounding: handgun versus rifle
A hands-on examination of spent bullets and cartridge cases
Radiographic identification of bullets
How to determine if the history is consistent with the physical evidence? How do you know?