North Carolina International Association for Identification

NCIAI 2017 Educational & Training Conference

Hosted by: Wilmington Police Department
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Reservations must be made by, February 18th, 2017 to receive group discount rate. Of $145.77 (price includes taxes etc and is maximum cost). A credit card guarantee is required for the first night’s stay.

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Full Registration includes all daily lectures, workshops, evening social events & banquet.

  • Full Registration NCIAI Member $95.00
  • Full Registration Non-Member $115.00

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Conference Speakers

Aphrodite Jones

Key Note Speaker

Aphrodite Jones is an award-winning American reporter and author who writes about murder. Her knack for detail allows her to dissect bizarre murder cases and bring readers into the heart of darkness. Now, the author has taken her career to TV as the executive producer and TV host of the ID series, True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, which airs on Investigation Discovery. Jones is now filming her sixth season, uncovering secrets about riveting cases across America. The series follows Jones, who’s written a string of best-selling true crime books, as she unravels new mysteries lurking behind cases that shocked America: O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Jon Benet Ramsey, Phil Spector, and the list goes on.

Before landing the hosting position with Discovery Channel’s crime network, Jones hosted a show called The Justice Hunters for USA Network, and was a crime reporter for FOX News, covering the trials of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, and Dennis Rader (aka the BTK Killer) for The O’Reilly Factor and Geraldo At Large.

When Jones wrote her first book, The FBI Killer, it was quickly turned into an ABC movie-of-the-week, Betrayed by Love, starring Patricia Arquette and Steven Weber. Not long afterward, Jones landed the exclusive rights to a teen crime drama she chronicled in her book Cruel Sacrifice, which hit the New York Times list at #4 and stayed there for over three months. Overnight, Jones was considered a “veteran” crime writer, and her third book, All She Wanted, was optioned as a major motion picture by Diane Keaton, with Drew Barrymore attached. The original film was never made, but Jones’ book was later transformed into the Oscar-winning film Boys Don’t Cry which launched the career of then-unknown Hilary Swank.

Over the years, Jones has written eight best-selling true crime books and has been quoted as a crime expert in publications including The New York Times, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and USA Today.

Jones has also appeared as a crime expert on CBS, NBC, CNN, HLN, and MSNBC.

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With eight bestselling books under her belt, and and hundreds of television appearances spanning 20 years, Aphrodite Jones is a highly recognized name in the field of crime profiling. For over a decade, The New York Times bestselling author has provided commentary on high profile crimes for FOX News, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, and E! Network, focusing on providing insights into personalities such as Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson, Scott Peterson and Phil Spector.

An investigative journalist for more than 20 years, Jones earned her stripes as a syndicated columnist before creating and hosting a crime fighting series for USA network called The Justice Hunters. Valued as a crime expert to journalists worldwide, Jones has been quoted by news organizations from Australia, China, Japan, Western Europe, Canada, and South America. Two of Jones’ books were made into Lifetime TV movies, and her account of Brandon Teena, “All She Wanted,” was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed feature film Boys Don’t Cry.


The Secrets behind the Scott Peterson case

Having covered the Scott Peterson murder trial for FOX news gavel-to-gavel, Jones will give the audience her insider view into media coverage of the case, and will touch on the behind-the-scenes antics of the high profile attorneys involved. In contrast to the public image of Scott Peterson as an indifferent husband, Aphrodite Jones will expose Scott Peterson as not only a calculating killer – but as someone who planned to kill again… Using a unique power-point and mixed-media presentation, Jones will present courtroom evidence that will reveal little-known details about the trial and will cover the 41 clues that allowed the prosecution to win an entirely circumstantial case. Ultimately, the audience will learn how an embattled jury came to their final decision: a death row sentence for a killer trapped by his own lies.

All He Wanted, "The Brandon Teena Transgender Murder Case" - Book reading, Book signing, Photo op

Long before it was mainstream, Jones was challenging our ideas of straight and gay, of gender identity and transgender people. Now, for the first time, she will give audiences a glimpse into the truth behind Brandon Teena’s life and violent death, as she reads from her best-selling book, All He Wanted, which chronicles the Brandon Teena transgender murder case. This was a triple homicide case in Nebraska that marked the beginnings of the transgender movement in America. The case became the basis for the Oscar-winning film, Boys Don’t Cry, but the real story behind the Hollywood film has remained hidden from audiences – until now.

Joe Kennedy

NCIS Senior Agent (Retired)

Joey (Joe) D. Kennedy was a Special Agent with Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for 25 years. He attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA and subsequently served in various offices around the world including, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Puerto Rico, Japan, Philippines, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Washington, DC. Joe is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pfeiffer College, Misenheimer, NC where he played baseball for legendary coach Joseph Ferebee. He attended Executive Education at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and received a Master of Policy Management degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Joe served in a variety of positions, including Special Agent Afloat USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), Field Training Agent, Special Operations Team Leader, Staff Counterintelligence Officer for III Marine Expeditionary Forces – Okinawa, Japan, Desk Officer at NCIS Headquarters, Team Leader – Virgin Islands Homicide Task Force, Supervisory Special Agent, Resident Agent-In-Charge, Assistant Special Agent-In-Charge, Deputy Special Agent-In-Charge, and Special Agent-In-Charge. He served as a board member for the Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” Task Force and the North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association. He also participated as an Executive Board Member for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in the Caribbean and Crime Commission for the Governor of Puerto Rico.

Joe was the Primary Architect and First Program Manager for the internationally acclaimed NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit. He wrote the methodology and protocol for NCIS Cold Case investigations, which has been adopted by numerous police agencies around the globe. Joe has provided cold case homicide consultation and training to various law enforcement agencies throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He was recently profiled in “Delayed Justice – America’s Best Cold Case Investigators.”

Joe has completed multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. He twice served as the Resident Agent-In-Charge for NCIS Resident Agency Fallujah, Iraq. Most recently, Special Agent Kennedy served as the Director for the Department of Defense (DOD) Joint Counterintelligence Unit (JCIU), International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to reporting to the NCIS Carolinas Field Office, he was responsible for the newly established NCIS Counter-Piracy and Counter Narco-Terrorism (CNT) initiative at the NCIS Middle East Field Office, where he collaborated with the International Police (INTERPOL) and NATO to develop proactive law enforcement strategies designed to combat Somali Piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.

Joe is a member of the International Homicide Investigators Association, North Carolina Homicide Investigator’s Association, North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, Eastern Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Executives, and the Fraternal Order of Police. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (3), Superior Civilian Service Award, Virginia Homicide Investigator of the Year Award, United States Department of Justice Public Service Award, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Investigative Excellence Award, International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association Special Award of Honor, U.S. Marine Corps Commendation (2), FBI Commendation, Global War on Terrorism Medal,NCIS Expeditionary Medal, and NATO Medal.


Cold Case Homicides & Forensic Evidence

This presentation will focus on the mechanics of conducting a cold case homicide investigation with an emphasis on thorough evidence review, evaluation, and resubmission of evidentiary items to the forensic laboratory.  The important role that crime scene personnel play with cold cases will be explained and discussed.  Recent technological advancements and forensic techniques along with how they can be applied to current cold cases will be reviewed.  The case study of a 1982 violent rape and murder that was successfully resolved 14 years later will be presented from a “lessons learned” perspective.

Grant Greenwalt

D.C. Metro P.D

Officer Grant Greenwalt of the Metropolitan Police Department was responsible for the rapid deployment of five Leica ScanStations to the scene of the Washington Navy Yard Shooting on September 16, 2013 and provided a briefing to law enforcement on the investigation.


Washington Navy Shipyard Shooting & Crime Scene Response

Shooter at Washington Navy YardThe Washington Navy Yard shooting occurred on September 16, 2013, when a lone gunman, Aaron Alexis, fatally shot twelve people and injured three others in a mass shooting at the headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command inside the Washington Navy Yard in Southeast Washington, D.C. The attack, which took place in the Navy Yard’s Building 197, began around 8:20 a.m. EDT and ended when Alexis was killed by police around 9:20 a.m.



MASS DISASTER-Response & Management for the CSI, Cotton Howell, Regional Commander- DMORT- Region 4
MASS DISASTER-Response & Management for the CSI,
Cotton Howell, Regional Commander-
DMORT- Region 4

Terri Wilfong

Chief of Police, Greenville PD (Retired)

Terri Wilfong has 33-years of law enforcement experience. She served in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police and the Jefferson County Police. In 2003, the Jefferson County Police Department and the Louisville Division of Police were merged into the new Louisville Metro Police Department. Terri was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief as part of the first executive command staff of the newly created department. In 2006, she retired from Louisville Metro Police. In 2007, she became the Chief of Police for the City of Greenville, South Carolina and recently retired after a seven -year tenure.

Terri has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Administration and a Master’s of Science Degree in Justice Administration, both from University of Louisville. She is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 95th Administrative Officer’s Course. Terri is married and has three children.

Terri is a new instructor with FBI-LEEDA, joining the faculty in 2014.


Leadership for All Titles

Terri will be presenting a talk covering Leadership skills for all titles and positions necessary in law enforcement

Don Mikko

Training Seminars, Inc.

A distinct plus is our thirty-six (36) years of military and federal law enforcement background/experience in law enforcement.

Additionally, since 2002, Mr. Mikko has been certified within AFTE in all three forensic disciplines: firearms identification, toolmark identification and gunshot residues. Currently, less than 4% of the AFTE General Membership is certified in all three forensic disciplines.


Crime Scene Shooting & Reconstruction

This workshop will focus on the reconstruction of shooting incidents and whether they are potentially criminal or accidental in nature. The student will also learn the significance of photographs, statements, videos, re-enactments etc., as they apply to the reconstruction of crime scenes. Discussions will include various types of equipment such as the Ballistic Alignment Laser, Laser trajectory kit and string tests. Additionally, various reagents and proximity tests will be discussed along with practical exercises involving distance determinations, which include shotgun pattern analysis and gunshot residues.

Serial Number Restoration

This course will introduce the student to the various methods and techniques utilized by examiners when attempting to restore obliterated serial numbers or other markings from various items such as metal or plastic. Background information along with research and development techniques will be discussed as well as case study presentations. The student will participate in numerous practical exercises involving various restoration techniques including chemical, electrolytic methods and the magnetic particle inspection.

Michelle Triplett

Kings County Sherriff’s Office, Washington

Michele Triplett is the Forensic Operation Manager for the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, WA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistical Analysis from Washington State University and has been employed in the friction ridge identification discipline for over 20 years. Michele is an IAI Certified Latent Print Examiner. She currently serves on the IAI Editorial Review Board, the IAI General Forensics Subcommittee and chairs the IAI SII – Probability Modeling Study Subcommittee (PMSS). She is a member of the AAFS and a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Michele is a member of the Scientific Working Group on Friction Ridge Analysis, Study and Technology (SWGFAST) and the NIJ General Forensics Research and Development Technical Working Group.


The Paradigm Shift: Changing Philosophies

Forensics is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Old philosophies gave good conclusions, but not good enough. Errors for fingerprint conclusions were infrequent but could have been prevented. Newer philosophies are emerging to make conclusions stronger, more accurate, and more scientific. This presentation will discuss the flaws in old school philosophies of fingerprint comparisons, and changes being made to improve conclusions.

Determining the Strength of Conclusions

Attempts to articulate the strength of fingerprint conclusions have persisted for decades (e.g., counting points, SWGFAST Sufficiency graph, statistical modeling, etc.). This presentation will review several past methods for determining the strength of conclusions, discuss their limitations, and present an alternative approach that is both easy and effective.

John Black

CLPE, CFWE, CSCSA, Owner - Black & White Forensics, LLC

John Black is the owner of Black & White Forensics, LLC in South Carolina. He holds a B.S. degree in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University. John has worked for Ron Smith and Associates, Inc., the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. His research interests include simultaneous impressions, verification and exclusions. John has conducted over 200 training classes throughout the United States, as well as Africa, Asia, Canada, Central America, and Europe. He was awarded Distinguished Member status with the IAI in 2007. In 2014, John was selected to the Friction Ridge Subcommittee under the Organization of Scientific Area Committees.


Utilizing a Checklist Approach for Decision Making in Latent Print Examination

Checklists are used in many domains (e.g. medicine, aviation) to assist in accurate decision-making. This approach can be highly successful because it essentially ‘forces’ the practitioner to consider multiple aspects of the information being evaluated. Latent print examiners also strive for accuracy and can therefore benefit from a checklist approach. The preponderance of responses to the checklist will drive the conclusion and also create a transparent record of the reasoning behind the conclusion. Perhaps the most significant impact is realized with increased confidence and accuracy when making exclusion and inconclusive decisions, both of which are historically less accurate than identification decisions.

Exploring the Exclusion Decision in Latent Print Examination – A Panel Discussion

Although exclusions are recognized conclusions and have received increased attention in recent years, many agencies and examiners are somewhat reluctant to make and report these decisions. Concerns range from when the exclusion decision is appropriate, to the potential for making erroneous exclusions, to the argument that these decisions aren’t even meaningful. This panel discussion will address these and other concerns in what should be a highly interactive and informative session.

Michael Brookerson

Computer Forensic Examiner, Wake/ City- County Bureau of Identification

Michael Brookerson is currently the Forensic Computer Examiner of the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification. In May 1996, Mike began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer following his graduation from the Las Cruces Police Academy. During his time with the Las Cruces Police Department, he became highly experienced within the field of digital forensic investigations. Michael developed the digital forensics laboratory for the Las Cruces Police Department. During his career, Mike has assisted many law enforcement agencies with forensic computer investigations, including the United States Marshals office, Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. Following his retirement from the Las Cruces Police Department in 2013, Mike entered into a new phase of his career by becoming the Forensic Computer Examiner for the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification.


The Crime Scene and Digital Evidence

Digital ForensicsThis course is designed to provide guidance for crime scene agents and investigators who may be tasked with the identification, collection, and investigation involving electronic data devices.
Computers and electronic data devices have become a principle way of daily life for most people. More importantly, the way in which law enforcement must handle / investigate this technology can be critical to prosecution outcomes.

Tracy Davis

Wake / City- County Bureau of Identification, CLPE & CFWE, CCSS

Tracy Davis is currently a Forensic Examiner within the Latent Print Unit of the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI). Her responsibilities include the examination of latent prints to include finger/palm impressions as well as footwear impressions collected from crime scenes within Wake County.

Examiner Davis is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Chemistry Minor. After graduation in 2002, her science career started as an Assistant Scientist at Analytical-Biochemistry Labs in Columbia, Missouri.

In 2007, Examiner Davis became a Crime Scene Technician for the City of Durham Police Department Forensic Services Unit. She achieved certification as a Certified Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification (IAI). In 2008, Examiner Lipskoch joined CCBI as a full-time Forensic Examiner. During her career at CCBI, she has obtained certification as a Certified Latent Print Examiner, a Certified Crime Scene Analyst, and a Certified Footwear Examiner through the IAI. She has been qualified as an expert in both latent prints and footwear examination. Also during her career at CCBI, she has completed a nine-month training program in footwear (consisting of over 300 training hours) through the National Forensic Science and Technology Center sponsored by the National Institute of Justice.

She is a member of the International Association for Identification (IAI) and the North Carolina Chapter of the IAI (NCIAI). She is currently the Secretary for the NCIAI as well as serving on the Latent Print Certification Committee.


Footwear Note Taking and Court Presentation for the Examiner

CCBI Forensic Examiner Tracy Davis (Lipskoch), CLPE, CCSA, CFWE will present on note taking for the footwear examiner. In this presentation, she will also provide details on a recent footwear case in which she testified as an expert. This footwear case involved a Powerpoint presentation explaining footwear to the jury.
If time permits, a round table discussion about note taking throughout other agencies may occur. (Please feel free to bring copies of your footwear notesheets, if permitted, for other agencies to see.)

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Trish Fore


Staff Development and Training Coordinator
Division of Public Health, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Trish Fore is a 1994 West Virginia University (WVU) graduate. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies while on a full scholarship with the WVU Women’s Basketball team. Upon graduation, Ms. Fore began her career in child advocacy as a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker in West Virginia. Starting out investigating child abuse and neglect allegations, Ms. Fore’s experience and education allowed her a smooth transition into the position of Investigative Supervisor.

In 2000, Ms. Fore turned her focus to a career change to pharmaceutical sales. With nine years tenure in this field, she was afforded a wealth of knowledge of specific pharmaceuticals including; antibiotics, cardiovascular and diabetes medications, and their effects.
In 2009, Ms. Fore was once again supervising investigations within the West Virginia CPS program. It was during this 2 year period that she was appointed a member of the WV Child Fatality Review Team. This appointment led Ms. Fore to the realization that her passion was to provide a voice for the many children, infants to adolescents, whose untimely, unfortunate, and sometimes violent deaths left them unable to tell their own stories. It is with hope that Trish shares the experiences of these children in an effort to reduce unnecessary child deaths.

In 2011, Ms. Fore was made Director of the West Virginia Fatality Review program where she coordinated and reviewed domestic violence and all preventable child deaths. Ms. Fore organized multidisciplinary reviews to identify case trends, patterns, and risk factors. She also was in charge of providing statistical analysis stating causes of death in annual reports to the WV Legislature. Ms. Fore promoted public awareness of child deaths and specialized in infant death scenes. During her time as Director of the Fatality Review Teams, she provided her knowledge and education to various professional affiliations including WV Children’s Justice Task Force, Our Babies Safe and Sound, Emergency Medical Services for Children, Child Advocacy Network. Ms. Fore also sat on the Southeast Coalition on Child Fatalities.

As Director, Ms. Fore was housed in the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where she gained extensive experience in death scene investigations. She obtained her WV Medicolegal Death Scene Investigation certification and was appointed as a County Medical Examiner (CoME), working evenings and weekends. Ms. Fore utilized her knowledge of child abuse and neglect investigations to develop statewide investigative information collection forms used by all CoMEs during death investigations. Ms. Fore also trained law enforcement professionals, social workers, and medical personnel on child death investigations across the state of West Virginia.

In 2015, Ms. Fore was hired by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as the Staff Development and Training Coordinator. Her primary responsibility is to develop North Carolina’s first and only medical examiner educational training program. Ms. Fore will be responsible for developing and monitoring this training program to provide enhanced uniformity and quality of medicolegal death investigations. Since her hire, she has trained over 400 medical examiners on basic death scene investigation requirements, as it pertains to North Carolina. She is currently working on a certification curriculum to roll out in 2017.


Child Death Investigations: A Multidisciplinary Approach

This presentation will focus on the importance of working together as a team, as each investigative agency plays an important role in child death investigations. We will explore all child deaths with particular focus on infants to gain a better understanding of these types of cases.

Principle Death Scene Investigations and Postmortem Findings

When evaluating a death scene you must take into consideration the environment and conditions in which the body was found. We will look at time of death, postmortem intervals, body examination and common findings that are mistaken for injury.

Julio R. Sosa

Julio R. Sosa is a professional photographer & forensic consultant for Fujifilm, with over 25 years of Commercial and 15 years of Digital Forensic Photography. Julio has extensive experience in Ultraviolet and Infrared Photography. Julio is a past Beta Tester for Adobe and Talent Team member for FujiFilm. He has worked with agencies that includes the U.S. Secret Service, FBI, NASA, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army and has been called as an expert witness in a Federal trial by the FBI. Julio R. Sosa has worked with local law enforcement agencies on active cases and has co-presented at the 2016 IAI National Conference and Presented at the National IABPA on UV/IR photography. Currently Julio travels for Fujifilm giving seminars and demonstrating the advantages of UV/IR Photography.


Full Spectrum Photography (UV/IR)

Using the Fujifilm X-T1IR IR in the Ultraviolet and Infrared Spectrums. The discussion and presentation will cover applicable disciplines using proven Photographic and Lighting Forensic techniques. Disciplines include Latent Fingerprints, Blood Spatter, GSR ( Gun Shot Residue), Under Skin Bruising, Bite Mark Impressions, Tattoo Identification, Footwear Impressions, body identification applications and more, all utilizing UV/IR photography.

Anthony J Koertner

CLPE, CFWE, Latent Print Examiner / Research & Development Coordinator, Latent Print Branch
Defense Forensic Science Center - Forest Park, Georgia, US

Anthony Koertner is the Research and Development Coordinator for the Latent Print Branch of the Defense Forensic Science Center. Mr. Koertner graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2006 and began his career in friction ridge examination in 2007. He recently received his Master of Science in Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Mr. Koertner is an active member of the International Association for Identification, certified in both latent print examination and footwear tire tread examination.


A New Paradigm for Fingerprint Reporting... Without Individualization

For over 100 years, fingerprint evidence has been used as a valuable tool for the criminal justice system. Relying on the generalized premise of “uniqueness”, the forensic community has regarded fingerprint evidence as nearly infallible having the capacity to “individualize” the source of a fingerprint impression to a single individual. While the uniqueness of a complete record of friction ridge skin detail is generally undisputed, the extension of that premise to partial and degraded impressions has become a central issue of debate. Nevertheless, forensic science laboratories routinely use the terms “individualization” and “identification” in technical reports and expert witness testimony to express an association of a partial impression to a specific known source.

Over the last several years, there has been growing criticism among the scientific and legal communities regarding the use of such terms to express source associations which rely on expert interpretation. The crux of the criticism is that these terms imply absolute certainty and infallibility to the fact-finder which has not been demonstrated by available scientific data. As a result, several authoritative scientific organizations have recommended forensic science laboratories not to report or testify, directly or by implication, to a source attribution to the exclusion of all others in the world or to assert 100% infallibility and state conclusions in absolute terms when dealing with population issues. Consequently, the traditional paradigm of reporting latent fingerprint conclusions with an implication of absolute certainty to a single source has been challenged. The underlying basis for the challenge pertains to the logic applied during the interpretation of the evidence and the framework by which that evidence is articulated. By recognizing the subtle, yet non-trivial differences in the logic, the fingerprint community may consider an alternative framework to report fingerprint evidence to ensure the certainties are not over or understated.

This presentation will discuss the logic largely subscribed to by the fingerprint community and present an alternative reporting framework for the community to consider adopting which is epistemologically more compatible and defensible. This presentation will also discuss how the transition was achieved within the Department of Defense without minimizing the value of fingerprint evidence and other challenges encountered through the course of implementation.

David Alford and Dyer Bennett

David Alford is a retired FBI Special Agent with 21 years of experience investigating violent crimes, terrorism and other cases. He was one of the founding members of the FBI Evidence Response Team (ERT) and conducted crimes scene searches on domestic and international violent crimes and bombings, including the Polly Klaas kidnaping and murder, the Unabomber’s cabin and the 9/11 Pentagon scene. During the 6 years in the FBI Lab, he was primarily responsible for overseeing and teaching basic and advanced crime scene courses throughout the US and many other countries. In the 6 years before the FBI, he was a Forensic Serologist, Hair and Fibers Examiner and Bloodstain Pattern Analyst for the Kentucky State Police Crime Lab. David has been with Sirchie as an instructor and sales representative for Sirchie’s RUVIS and ALS products for the last 10 years.

Dyer Bennett is responsible for Product Development at SIRCHIE. Through development of forensic products with industry experts, he has gained a broad technical knowledge of many forensic disciplines, including latent print development, digital forensics, shooting reconstruction, and alternate light sources. He brings a unique perspective to training with intimate knowledge of how the forensic tools are made and conveying how they work. Mr. Bennett is a member of the International Association of Identification (IAI) and NC Chapter of the IAI.


Latent Chemical Processing: At the Scene and In the Lab

Development of fingerprints with powder is the method most crime scene processors are familiar with. This only captures those prints that remain on the surface. Using the proper sequence of chemical treatments, especially on porous surfaces, many more fingerprints can be found. This workshop will review and demonstrate proper development using iodine, DFO, and ninhydrin.

Imaging Evidence Using Alternate Light Sources

Colored and patterned backgrounds can make photography of certain evidence like fingerprints, footprints, and blood patterns difficult if not impossible. Utilizing various wavelengths of light, including UV, 455nm, 505nm and IR, along with proper filters, evidence can be revealed and captured. This workshop will review choice of light source, wavelength, filter required, and recommended camera setup.

Evening Events


Wine & Cheese Vendor Welcome

Free chair massages with a certified massage therapist on site followed by a night on the town in historic Wilmington. Wilmington PD will be your host for the evening exploring the beautiful downtown area.chair-massage

Historic Wilmington


Polynesian Entertainment & DJ

Polynesian EntertainmentPolynesian Entertainment

Polynesian floor show with costumes & dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. Includes a fire & knife show with the South Seas Dancers, complete with D.J. & limbo fun!


Kayaks & Paddle Boarding


Fun recreation outing at the beach-late in the afternoon to include Kayaks & paddle boarding followed by a delicious dinner in the Shell Island beautiful oceanfront ballroom. This will be an informal, casual event- wear your flip flops! (Recreational outing cost TBD)

About Shell Island Resort

Shell Island Resort logoCall now to reserve your room (800) 689-6765 & give them the group name “NCIAI”.

Reservations must be made by, February 18th, 2017 to receive group discount rate. Of $145.77 (price includes taxes etc and is maximum cost) A credit card guarantee is required for the first night’s stay. Save money and split the room cost with a friend/ colleague. Spacious room with a spectacular view.

Each full service suite sleeps from 4-6 people, has 1 & ½ bath, kitchenette, great room w/sleeper sofa & private oceanfront balcony.

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Reservations must be made by, February 18th, 2017 to receive group discount rate. Of $145.77 (price includes taxes etc and is maximum cost) A credit card guarantee is required for the first night’s stay.

Guest Suites

Overlooking more than 3,000 feet of beautiful Wrightsville Beach, each full-service suite sleeps from four to six people and includes one bedroom (one King Bed or two Double Beds), one and a half baths and a great room that includes the living area with full size sleeper sofa, dining area and a kitchenette. Every suite is individually owned and distinctively decorated, providing all the amenities you expect. Open the door to your own private balcony to let the sea breeze in and bring the beach just a bit closer.

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