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Upcoming Crime Scene Reconstruction in Denton, TX

Crime Scene Reconstruction I

Mon, Apr 11, 2016 - Fri, Apr 15, 2016

This Crime Scene Reconstruction I course is being hosted by the Denton Police Department.  The training will be held at the Denton Public Training Center located at 719 E. Hickory Denton, TX. 76205

Tuition is $655.00 per student.  All students will receive the text book Practical Crime Scene Analysis and Reconstruction written by Ross M. Gardner and Tom Bevel.

The instructors are Ross M. Gardner and Iris Dalley.  The hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8 am to 2 pm or 3 pm on Friday.  The dress is casual.

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Some Answers to our Most Common Questions

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis FAQ

What is bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA)?

Bloodstain pattern analysis, (also referred to as blood spatter analysis and blood splatter analysis) is an in depth evaluation of the bloodstain patterns found in a given scene. To reach a conclusion the analyst considers... read more on our FAQ page.

Upcoming Shooting Incident Reconstruction in Long Beach, CA

Shooting Incident Reconstruction

Mon, Apr 4, 2016 - Fri, Apr 8, 2016

This Shooting Incident Reconstruction course is being hosted by the Long Beach, CA. Police Department Crime Laboratory.   The class will be held at the Long Beach Community Police Department located at 7290 Carson Blvd. Long Beach, CA. 90808

The tuition is 910.00 per student and includes a lab manual. The instructors are Jonathyn Priest and Iris Dalley.  The course hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8 am to 2 pm or 3 pm on Friday.  The dress is casual.

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BGA Publications Library

The Experts at Bevel Gardner and Associates have authored hundreds of publications. We have provided many of these online for you. Click the Publications link below to view a variety of articles as well as information about ordering one ofRoss and Tom's forensic reference publications.

Upcoming Officer Involved Shooting & Critical Incident Seminar in Rosenburg, TX

Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incident Seminar

Tue, Mar 15, 2016 - Wed, Mar 16, 2016

This Officer Involved Shooting and Critical Incident seminar is hosted by the Rosenberg Police Department. The seminar will be held at the Rosenberg Civic Center located at 3825 Highway 36 South, Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

The purpose of this two-day course is to provide investigators with an understanding of a basic investigative model for all officer-involved critical incidents, as well as the intricacies of the officer-involved incident process. This course provides the information and techniques necessary for law enforcement investigators and agency administrators to conduct thorough and competent investigations into Officer-Involved Critical Incidents.

Officer-Involved Critical Incidents include officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths and other use of force incidents resulting in death or critical injury. The methodology necessary for proper analysis of these critical incidents must consider investigative components, which include the criminal, civil, and administrative investigations.  This course will examine and discuss each of these specific and required investigative areas.

Irrespective to the size or composition of the law enforcement agency, critical encounters between officers and the community can produce an irreparably negative effect. Students completing this course may employee the skills presented during active investigations to document and report these critical incidents. Transparent and thorough investigations will often reduce the criticism and distrust fostered by the community that results from officer-involved incidents.

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Partnering with Bevel Gardner to Review Your Evidence

Bevel, Gardner and Associates Inc. (BGA) affiliates are available to review forensic evidence and are internationally qualified to provide testimony in their respected fields. BGA offers world class consulting expertise in the areas of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Crime Scene Reconstruction, Shooting Incident Reconstruction, Officer Involved Shootings, Computer Animation and Total Station 360˚ Scene Mapping. Bevel, Gardner and Associates Inc. offers their expertise analysis in both criminal and civil matters. The analysis includes a review of the physical evidence, crime scene documentation and other associated reports. Bevel, Gardener and Associates have gathered a team of top experts you can contact at one central location. Our team of experts is located from the East to the West Coast of the United States. Bevel Garner and Associates have gone through extensive testing to become qualified as experts in their fields in International Courts.

When a team member is hired to do a case analysis, a written Event Analysis report is created; completed; constructed that is cross-referenced to the case documentation. The analyst's conclusions in the report are always peer reviewed by another qualified Bevel, Gardner and Associates analyst before the report is released.

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Upcoming Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I in Long Beach, CA

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I

Mon, Mar 7, 2016 - Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Thiscourse is being hosted by the Long Beach, CA. Police Department Crime Laboratory.   The class will be held at the Long Beach Community Police Department located at 7290 Carson Blvd. Long Beach, CA. 90808

Tuition is $655.00 per student.  The instructors are Ross M. Gardner and Tom “Grif” Griffin.  The hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8 am to 2 pm or 3 pm on Friday.  The dress is casual.

Click here to register online.

How to Host a BGA Course

To host a BGA course, the hosting agency must agree to market and coordinate registration in order to meet minimum class size of 14 paying students. For their effort, the hosting agency receives as compensation, the following:

  • If the hosting agency achieves the 14 paying-student minimum, the hosting agency will receive one free tuition.

  • If the hosting agency achieves 18 -paying-students, the hosting agency will receive a total of two free tuitions.

  • If the hosting agency achieves 21 paying-students, the hosting agency will receive a total of three free tuitions.

The hosting agency must comply with the following requirements:

The hosting agency must:

  • Provide an adequate training facility to house twenty-four students, with moveable chairs and tables.
  • Provide additional space for the set up of scenarios (depending upon the class).
  • The training area must have available electrical outlets, extension cords, a screen or an appropriate projection wall.
  • Provide access to a copier for occasional handouts as required. Manuals and primary handouts are the responsibility of BGA, but as the class proceeds there are always minimal additional copying requirements.
  • Assist BGA in locating adequate room and board; however BGA is responsible for all associated travel and boarding costs for instructors.
  • Provide a shipping address, and be willing to accept deliveries in advance of the class, holding all supplies until required for class.

*The hosting agency is allowed to charge a small additional fee for refreshments if they desire.

Interested in hosting a BGA course? Contact Craig Gravel for more information: 405 706-8489

 

 

Upcoming Blood Pattern Analysis I Training in Denton, TX

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis I
Mon, Feb 29, 2016- Fri, Mar 4, 2016

This course is being hosted by the Denton Police Department.  The training will be held at the Denton Public Training Center located at 719 E. Hickory Denton, TX. 76205

Tuition is $655.00 per student.  All students will receive the text book Bloodstain Pattern Analysis with an Introduction to Crime Scene Reconstruction 3 edition textbook written by Tom Bevel and Ross M. Gardner.

The instructors are Ross M. Gardner and Jonathyn Priest.  The hours are 8 am to 5 pm Monday thru Thursday and 8 am to 2 pm or 3 pm on Friday.  The dress is casual.

 Click to register online.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We wish you a safe and prosperous 2016! Happy New Year from Bevel Gardner and Associates!

Merry Christmas from BGA!

All of us at Bevel Gardner and Associates would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! We hope you enjoy your time spent with family and friends. Merry Christmas!


BGA Presents Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Level I in Wichita

At the request of the Wichita Police Department, Bevel, Gardner and Associates conducted two back-to-back Level I Bloodstain Pattern Analysis courses in Wichita Kansas between November 30th and December 11th.

Ross and Iris instructed students from Wichita Police Department’s Crime Scene Unit and Detective Bureau as well as CSI’s as well as Detectives of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. 

Ross Presents at the 7th Annual Asian Forencis Science Network Training Conference

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Ross recently traveled to Kuala Lampur, Malaysia where he made two presentations to the 7th Annual Asian Forensic Science NetworkTraining Conference.  He presented on the need for criteria based classification of bloodstain patterns and use of the BGA Decision Map as a classification tool.  Ros also led a discussion of the importance of methodology in crime scene reconstruction.

Ross then presented a four hour class on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis at the RMP College for an audience of crime scene investigators at the request of the Commandant of the Royal Malaysian Police Training College.

Forensics Down Under

Bevel, Gardner & Associates forensics expert Ross Gardner recently returned from Australia, where the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Branch of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Society (ANZFS) hosted BGA Level I and Level II Crime Scene Reconstruction courses. Attendees included participants from the Australian Federal Police, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria Police. The class was held in Canberra at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Ross also attended a meeting of the ANZFS on October 29 to discuss the need for criteria based analysis in bloodstain pattern analysis. Our special thanks go out to Eric Davies and Jodie Leigh Green of the Australian Federal Police who acted as Ross’ hosts, their Australian hospitality was second to none. 

Maine State Police Crime Laboratory Hosts Level 2 Blood Pattern Analysis Course

The Maine State Police Crime Laboratory in Augusta hosted a Level 2 Blood Pattern Analysis course the last week in October. Attendees came from Maine, Connecticut and California.  As part of the course, practical exercises included calculating two areas of origin for impact patterns on one target, microscopic examination of fibers as part of experimental design, examining bloodstained clothing to evaluate if a reported scenario was consistent or inconsistent with the patterns, practicing documentation of bloodstains and bloodstain patterns, and designing a scenario and then producing bloodstain patterns on clothing which other teams then evaluated. BGA blood pattern expert and course instructor Tom "Grif" Griffin noted that, in addition to an excellent course and group of participants, "the fall colors in the trees were superb and as good as photographs on any postcard!" Thank you to the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory for hosting the course in a beautiful location.


Bevel Gardner Presents at RMD IAI Training Conference

BGA Presnets at Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification (RMD IAI) Annual Training Conference

The Rocky Mountain Division of the International Association for Identification (RMD IAI) held its annual training conference October 7-9 in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Conference attendees were divided into two groups and the programs were repeated on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Jon Priest and Grif Griffin conducted a two-hour session on "Uncovering Missing Persons and Identification of Clandestine Graves."  Topics offered by other presenters included forensic pathology, recording known tire impressions, insect collection at death scenes, postmortem fingerprints, use of metal detectors, and taphonomic research.  

Jon wasthe keynote speaker at the Thursday evening dinner and installation of officers.  Grif, as a past president of RMD IAI, administered the oath of office to the incoming officers and board.  (Photographs courtesy of Dawn Cavins, RMD IAI Editor.)

Bloodstain Pattern Documentation Course

Bloodstain Pattern Documentation Course

Ross was at Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories this week conducting the four-day Bloodstain Pattern Documentation course. This course was developed by BGA several years ago and is both facility and equipment intensive. Sirchie graciously helped create the necessary facilities and provides the cameras and supplies to conduct this course effectively.

The course is intended for any crime scene investigator and concentrates on proper documentation of bloodstains using the technique now known as Road-Mapping, a concept originally developed by Toby Wolson. Students learn basic pattern recognition, document two different scenes over the four days and practice skills such as proper use of presumptive tests and blood enhancement techniques. As an integral part of learning enhancement techniques, students spend a half-day practicing luminol photography techniques.

The course if offered twice a year at the Sirchie facility in Wake Forest North Carolina.  Prospective students can watch for course dates at either the Sirchie web site or on the BGA calendar.