Blood Pattern Analysis Training Course
10th – 14th July 2017
Thames Valley Police Training College, near Reading, UK
The course instructors are internationally recognised BPA experts with a collective forensic and crime scene experience of over 55 years and have extensive operational experience in a range of related forensic disciplines including giving expert testimony in a court of law.
The training course is led by Jo Millington BSc (Hons) MSc PGCert MIABPA, Senior Forensic Scientist at ArroGen Forensics in Oxfordshire, who has extensive experience in the multi-disciplinary forensic investigation of major and critical incidents having worked at the Lothian & Borders Police laboratory (Scotland) and most recently with the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS) and the Metropolitan Police Service in London. Jo has significant experience in the development and delivery of BPA training and continues to deliver bespoke training to a broad spectrum of practitioners nationally and internationally. Jo is a visiting lecturer at several UK Universities and holds the honorary position of Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University.
Gillian Leak, BSc (Hons) MIABPA, is an extremely experienced BPA specialist having worked with the FSS from 1978 where she held the role of National Scientific Lead for BPA and Scenes and was responsible for the overall quality framework, including competence and training, in BPA. Gillian is an independent practitioner within PFS and past member of SWGSTAIN and continues to deliver BPA training to crime scene and laboratory based practitioners.
1. History and Literature of BPA
Demonstrate an understanding of the history of BPA and key developments in the discipline of BPA, including research and awareness of the relevant literature.
2. Bloodstain Pattern Classification and Terminology
Demonstrate the ability to identify and classify bloodstain patterns with reference to standardised terminology and develop an understanding of bloodstain pattern principles and their application to BPA.
3. Blood, Anatomy and Blood Dynamics
Develop an understanding of blood biochemistry and the behaviour of liquid blood in flight including drop formation and osciallation, trajectories and secondary events; also an appreciation of human anatomy and physiology and an awareness of bloodletting injuries relevant to the production of bloodstain pattern(s).
4. Influences on Bloodstain Morphology and Mathematical Principles of DNA
Demonstrate an understanding of the parameters that influence bloodstain morphology (size, shape, distribution and location) including the mechanism which generated them, target surface characteristics, blood volume, environmental factors and drying time.
Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical principles that relate to BPA, including an awareness of the methods used to measure bloodstains and bloodstain patterns and practical applications available to record BPA including reconstruction software.
5. Projected Blood
Demonstrate an understanding of projected blood patterns including impact spatter, cast-off patterns, gunshot-generated spatter, arterial (vascular) damage stains and expirated blood.
6. Altered Blood, Passive and Transfer Stains
Demonstrate an understanding of altered blood, including artefacts that are due to adulteration or insect activity and of blood deposited as a result of contact and passive mechanisms.
7. Scientific Approach to BPA
Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles as they relate to BPA through the formulation of a case and examination strategy and application of a balanced approach to interpretation and evaluation of BPA, including an appreciation of BPA experimentation and approaches which assist in the reconstruction of a bloodletting event(s).
Participants will be asked to offer a profile detailing their experiences of examining items for blood and attending crime scenes involving BPA and must complete a short pre-course questionnaire.
By assessment including practical exercise designed to test student comprehension by identifying the main types of bloodstain pattern.
Practical sessions were invaluable in pulling together the information presented throughout the course.
Good mix of theory and practical, very balanced, pitched perfectly.
Presentations were expertly prepared and well presented.
Well-structured learning delivered by instructors with enthusiasm and obvious knowledge.