Crime Scene/ DNA Training


The John Jay Crime Scene Academy provides state-of-the-art training for law enforcement professionals, scientists, attorneys, educators and students of forensic science and criminal justice. The Crime Scene Academy is a leader in specialized crime scene investigation where science solves crimes. The courses offered by the CSA, which are taught by leaders in the field including members of the renowned John Jay College faculty, span a wide variety of topics geared to meet the special needs of your organization. Each course is designed to provide you with the skills you need today and tomorrow! The Director of the Crime Scene Academy is Dr. Albert Harper, a nationally recognized leader in crime scene investigations, with extensive experience developing effective professional development programs at the intersection of law, science and practice and a Distinguished Lecture in the Science Department..

For more information, to inquire about custom training programs, or to register for ongoing programs, contact Dr. Albert Harper, Director of the Crime Scene Academy at

Law Enforcement/ DNA Training

Despite the rapid rise in technology in the laboratory, the fact remains that many cases go unsolved because of problems inherent in the recognition, collection and preservation of evidence at the crime scene. The Crime Scene Academy provides practical training for detectives and other crime scene personnel in using technology to solve crimes as follows: Advanced DNA Collection; Crime Scene Photography; Interview Techniques; Surveillance Techniques; Unsolved Case Resolution.

Successful management of the crime scene is a critical aspect of every criminal investigation. The Crime Scene Academy provides a series of practical courses on various components of scene management for decision-making personnel including the following: Managing Complex Crime Scene; Media Management In High Profile Cases; and, Problem - Based Learning.

With the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, John Jay has offered a 7-hour workshop on DNA Evidence Identification, Collection and Preservation for Law Enforcement in each RCPI region in the Northeast U.S. and in all parts of New York State. Over the past five years, more than 2,000 law enforcement officers have completed this training. The goal of this program is to provide the participant information on the proper collection and use of DNA evidence through lecture and hands-on exercises which will enhance their ability to make sound DNA evidence collection decisions. Lesson addresses the identification of DNA evidence at a crime scene; personal safety; proper collection techniques and; chain of custody. For further information or to set up a training, contact Herbert Johnson,

Programs for Attorneys include annual CLE offerings on crime scene analysis and on new issues in criminal justice, as well as CLE programs on issues related to the forensic science throughout the year.

Programs for Teachers are designed to give high school level science teachers a fundamental background in forensic science. The course provides teachers with curriculum development and laboratory exercises that are appropriate for high school students.

Programs for Students
CSI Saturdays introduces high school students to the role of forensic science in solving crime and in the criminal justice system. Led by seasoned crime scene investigators, students interested in careers in the forensic sciences will learn how biology and chemistry play a critical role in the criminal investigation process.

The John Jay Crime Scene Academy was established with the generous support of Patricia Cornwell.