Police and Law Enforcement Training Workshop

Hands on Digital Camera operation and Investigation Photography Proceedures for Police Officers and Detectives. 


Evidence Photography -Proceedures when documenting events

This program was developed in cooperation with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office of Criminal Investigations Division for the specific needs of Police Detectives and Patrol Officers.   

 Almost every Law Enforcement Officer has a Digital Camera provided to them for use in the field, but almost none have had any formal training. When the cameras are used the results are; poor quality images and photographs that do not properly document the investigation.  

The reason that departments have invested in Digital Camera equipment was to have photographs in situation where the first officer on scene will be the only one that will be taking photos because it is not cost effective to have forensic teams  or medical examiner for every event. Their services are only used in major crime scenes. Can you think of any other piece of equipment that your officers have been provided with that they have not be trained on? Without training the return on investment is always poor.  

Let’s look at the benefits of having the right type of  “Crime Scene Photography Training”:  

  • Photographs taken are in focus, and properly exposed.
  • Using the correct procedures for an investigation the photos will “tell a story” showing prospective and relationships of the evidence.
  • Increased credibility of testimony in court and in written reports.
  • Eliminate having to return to the scene to retake photos.

Early in 2008 Detective Sergeant Colin Fagan contacted me after taking one of my consumer digital camera workshops in Medford Oregon to see if I would be interested in conducting trainings with L.E.O.s in the Jackson County Sheriffs Office. The main reason was that he liked my easy to follow and straight forward approach used in the hands on workshops. We spent a lot of time researching what was available in the market place for L.E.O. photography training and found that almost everything was geared towards “full time police photographers” not the guys on the street. So we did is collect a large group of actual photos taken by the department for me to review, and determine what the major problem areas where. After that I modified my “Basic Digital Camera Workshop” by including information that would give examples of items and situations that relate to investigation photography.  Next we had to deal with the issue of training the officers on what they needed to photograph rather that “taking a whole lot of photos and hope they get lucky”. To do this we have sections on different types of events with the key items that need to be recorded, and examples or problem photographs in those situations with instructions on how to correct them.  

All of the Crime Scene Photography Workshops are on site and the class size is normally limited to 15 people per class to make sure everyone leaves the session ready to start using their digital camera. Most times we run a morning and afternoon session on the same day. All those attending receive an Audio-Video CD that has the entire workshop for review at a later time.  

Out of State locations are not a problem please contact me if you are interested in doing a training. Jim Canterbury 541-915-6353