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Crime Scene Courses
Master Evidence Technician Award
Officers and individuals involved with evidence recovery and handling are eligible and encouraged to earn the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy Master Evidence Technician Award. Applicants must complete a core training program of 200 hours. Beginning in 2008, applicants must also complete an additional 60 hours of training in various elective courses. This will result in a minimum of 260 hours required to receive this award. Applicants will be required to work a mock crime scene, utilizing the skills they acquired by attending all core and elective courses. Applicants who have started this process prior to 2008 will be handled on a case by case basis for evaluation as to the number of elective hours required.
After completion of the required courses, applicants may submit a letter of request for certification along with copies of certificates from completed courses. Upon verification that the applicant has in fact completed the requirements, they will receive a Master Evidence Technician certificate and lapel pin. Generally only OPOTA sponsored courses are accepted but each outside training will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
-Basic Photography Crime Scene Photography I
-Crime Scene Photography or Crime Scene Photography II
-Law Enforcement Videography
-Forensic Aspects of Death
-Evidence Room Management
-Basic Fingerprint Classification
-Fingerprint Comparison Techniques
-Shooting Incident Reconstruction