DNA Evidence for Investigators

Course Description

Biological evidence has played a major role in helping solve cold cases, identifying individuals, and providing leads in homicide, sexual assault, and burglary cases. Crime scene investigators, criminal investigators, and district attorney investigators each play a vital role in the collection and/or presentation of biological evidence recovered in a criminal case. However, these different types of investigators are often compartmentalized and are not aware of the upstream or downstream role biological evidence plays in the overall investigation.

The purpose of this course is to teach investigators what, why, and how evidence is processed. It will also focus on various types of criminal incidents and how to more effectively use laboratory analysis to further their investigation.

This interactive course is 24 hours in length, addressing the role biological evidence plays in a criminal investigation from crime scene to courtroom.

Targeted Audience:  Detectives, Crime Scene Personnel, DA Investigators


Course Topics

  • Evidence Collection
  • DNA Analysis
  • CODIS (Combined DNA Index System)
  • Familial DNA

Course Certification Number: 9070-20334
Course Certification Hours: 24


Course Fee Information:

No tuition for all agencies. Student travel and per diem will be reimbursed up to the government rate.


Course Disclaimer:

Oakland Police Department received federal funds from the U.S. Department of Justices (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice(NIJ) to provide forensic DNA training to criminal justice partners and professionals through the Forensic Science Training Delivery Programs. This project is funded under support of cooperative agreement 2011-MU-BX-K572.