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Xavier Becerra ~ Attorney General

Toolmark Comparison Criteria

Toolmark Comparison Criteria

Class Code
Subject Area
E-Firearms and Impression Evidence Program
Class Description 

The one-week (40-hour) course will provide students with an introduction to the concepts and rationale of identifying striated and non-striated impression evidence. Each student will develop a rational, objective basis for making such identifications. This course is intended for criminalists, forensic scientists, or related specialists who have responsibility for comparing and identifying firearm and toolmark evidence. Each class is limited to 12 students.

Instructor A Certified Instructor.
Teaching Methods
Classroom lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, and practical laboratory exercises. Students should plan to have assigned homework completed during the week.
Students will be required to complete a series of practical exercises, identify impressions with the tools responsible, and orally explain the related concepts of identification and the rationale for the identification to the satisfaction of the instructors.
Must currently be performing casework in firearms/toolmark identification and be familiar with common equipment and teminology used in that discipline. Completion of Firearms and Toolmarks introduction I and II (E102 and E103) is desirable, but not mandatory.
Pre-course reading material may be assigned. Students should consider bringing notebook PCs for group presentations.
Materials Fee
Tuition $
Course Contact
Mike Giusto (916) 695-1800, (916) 695-1805

Location Start Date

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If no classes are scheduled, you’ll be placed on a list that expresses your desire to attend this course.