Utah Department of Public Safety

Forensic Services - Training

investigatorThe Utah Bureau of Forensic Services offers a wide variety of training courses to agencies throughout the state of Utah. The training we offer include but are not limited to the following:

  • Marijuana Leaf and FIDO Technician
  • Evidence Packaging
  • DNA Technology: The Basics and Advancements
  • Trace Evidence Collection
  • Crime Scene Specialist

Marijuana Leaf Technician

As of January 2006, the state lab does not acept marijuana cases due to the sheer volume and the backlog in controlled substances cases. As a result, the Marijuana Leaf Technician Program began in 2005 and has certified over 200 individuals with over 100 currently certified analysts. This is a 4 day course in which the students will learn how to identify marijuana based on microscopic and chemical tests.For more information about this class, click on the side bar for the class brochure as well as a registration form. If you have any questions regarding the marijuana program, contact:

Bryan Holden


FIDO Technician

Along with the marijuana technician program, we offer individuals the chance to become a certified FIDO technician. This is a one day course in which the student will learn how to presumptively identify methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. The presumptive identification is done through chemical tests. There are currently over 100 certified FIDO analysts in the state of Utah.If you have any questions regarding the FIDO program contact:

Bryan Holden


Evidence Packaging

This is a one day course that focusses on the correct packaging of various types of evidence ranging from blood, fingerprints, controlled substances, and trace evidence. The class utilizes a presentation as well as various hands on demonstrations to teach the correct ways to package evidence. This class should be taken by everyone in law enforcement who comes in contact with evidence. If you have questions regarding the Evidence Packaging class contact:

Michelle Harward


DNA Technology: The Basics and Advancements

This class is being offered to all Utah law enforcement agencies, as well as, legal professionals, to introduce the basic concepts of DNA, the new technology being validated, the expectations and limitations of DNA and the application/ impact on forensic casework. The course will also cover general concepts including evidence collection and packaging, as well as, give some new ideas for looking for potential DNA evidence, such as touch DNA. The goal of this course is to provide all those involved in cases where DNA evidence is included a better understanding of DNA, our testing, our interpretations and limitations, as well as, to establish a better working relationship and dialogue between local agencies, attorneys and the analysts at the Utah State Crime Laboratory. This is a half-day (4 hours) course. If you have questions regarding the DNA Technology: The Basics and Advancements contact:

Mandi Van Buren


Trace Evidence Collection

Since the inception of the Marijuana Leaf Technician and FIDO programs, the crime lab has been able to complete training in various other disciplines which includes PAINT and FIBERS. This course is designed to help police agencies become aware of trace evidence and what the lab capabilities are with the evidence. This is a 4 hour course in which the individuals are taught how to recognize various types of trace evidence and the correct way to collect and package that evidence. The main areas of focus are paint, hairs and fibers. If you have questions regarding the Trace Evidence Collection class contact:

Bryan Holden


Crime Scene Specialist

This course is geared towards any individual in law enforcement who goes to crime scenes. This is a two part course; The basic and Advanced. Each are 1 week and are intensive. Topics covered include but are not limited to: Documentation and preservation of the scene, Photography, Latent Prints, Serological presumptive tests, Footwear/Tire impressions, Blood Spatter documentation, Evidence Packaging. For more information regarding the Crime Scene Specialist training contact:

Bo Smith


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