Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation Training


We provide Forensic and Specialist Investigation training which includes CSI Stage 1, CSI Stage 2, Crime Scene Manager, Crime Scene Coordinator and Forensic Laboratory Officer courses.

Crime Scene Investigation – Stage 1 (VCSI)
Crime Scene Investigation – Stage 2
Crime Scene Manager Course
Crime Scene Coordinator Course

Crime Scene Investigation – Stage 1 (VCSI)

This four-week course is accredited by SFJ Awards Accredited Learning Professionally.

The course is aimed at the foundation level skills required of a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) dealing predominantly with volume crime or more serious and complex scenes under supervision.  The course is delivered through the application of practical exercises and assessments and classroom based lessons which encompass a range of scene examination techniques; the student will also be introduced to all relevant CSI skills and several specialist areas by relevant subject matter experts.  The following modules will be covered:

  • Introduction to the Police Service and the different roles.
  • Photography.
  • Introduction to forensic sciences.
  • Packaging evidence, anti-contamination and continuity.
  • Recovery of trace evidence.
  • Scene approach and search methods
  • Forensic strategies
  • Health and safety and risk assessments
  • Forensic reporting including Streamlined Forensic Reporting
  • Statement writing.
  • Fingerprinting.
  • National Decision Model.
  • Cognitive bias on decision making.
  • Crime scene to court room and presentation of evidence.

Crime Scene Investigation – Stage 2

This three week course is suitable for experienced Volume Crime Scene Investigators (VCSI) who have completed a Stage 1 Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Course, have completed their portfolio and have received a recommendation for the advanced Stage 2 training by their force. The aim of the course is to train and qualify VCSI in advanced CSI skills that can be utilised in the examination of serious and complex crime scenes. The following modules will be covered:

  • Introduction to Serious and Major Crime and the role of a CSI.
  • Role of the SIO including a case study.
  • Digital crime scenes.
  • Bomb scene management.
  • Suicide, Murder, H&S Executive and SUDI.
  • Post Mortem Examination including attendance at a PME.
  • Sexual Offences and Forensic Medical Examination with a visit to a SARC.
  • Advanced photography.
  • Briefing skills.
  • Body Recovery at scene.
  • Cadaver Identification.
  • Subject Matter Experts and additional evidence types.
  • Firearm Investigations.

Crime Scene Manager Course

This two-week course is suitable for Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) who have demonstrated competence in fulfilling that role in an operational environment and possess the skills, knowledge and experience to take the forensic lead in complex and high-profile investigations.  Their attendance on this training should be supported by their line manager and Scientific Support Manager and there will also be a requirement for the candidate to have an in-force mentor identified before attending the course.

The course will be delivered by classroom-based sessions including presentations by numerous expert speakers. The course also includes a summative exam, a one-day crime scene practical assessment and a one-day Hydra immersive learning exercise delivered in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.

A broad overview of the areas covered during the course are as follows:

  • The role and responsibilities of the CSM
  • The Major Investigation Team
  • National Decision Model and risk management
  • Cognitive bias
  • Leadership styles
  • Negotiating and influencing
  • Scene strategy, identifying, agreeing and recording priorities
  • Legal powers and organisational requirements, including authorisations
  • Managing the scene examination
  • Overview of ISO 17020 compliance
  • Health and safety at crime scenes and risk assessments
  • Role of the SIO and the investigative process of major crime
  • Role of forensic specialists and their working relationship with the CSM
  • Forensic pathology and injury classification, death investigation and neck compression deaths
  • Forensic taphonomy, archaeology and botany (including archaeological excavation)
  • Digital forensics – recognition of forensic opportunities and risks at crime scenes

Crime Scene Coordinator Course

This one-week course is suitable for experienced Crime Scene Managers (CSM) who have the relevant skills, knowledge and experience to take the step from managing individual crime scenes, to taking the forensic lead over multiple scenes in complex and high-profile investigations.  They will have attended a recognised CSM course and demonstrated competence in fulfilling that role in an operational environment for a significant period of time.  Their attendance should also be supported by their line manager and Scientific Support Manager.

This course is aimed at developing the professional skills and abilities of suitably qualified and experienced CSM to manage multiple scenes in complex and high-profile investigations. The following modules will be covered:

  • Situational leadership; transactional / transformational
  • Decision making; conflicting priorities, risk and cost benefit analysis
  • Strategy planning, setting and monitoring
  • Managing resources; staff and equipment
  • Specialists at scenes: Senior Investigation Officer (SIO), Pathologists, Scientists, FSP’s
  • Role within the investigation and role within the Major Incident Room
  • Specialist knowledge e.g. advise SIO on current and available techniques
  • Review process
  • Table-top exercises and Hydra Immersive learning exercise