Practical Forensic Photography for Criminal and Medicolegal Investigations & Strangulation Recognition and Response
*** Law Enforcement, Medics, DME's, Deputy & District Attorney's***
Oregon Peace Officers Association & Baker County Sheriff's Office
Date and Time:
FULL DAY: $75 OPOA Members $95 non-OPOA Members
HALF DAY registrations available:
Practical Forensic Photography
Strangulation Recognition and Response
Baker County Fair Grounds
2600 East St.
Baker City, OR 97814
Jennifer Snippen, MA RN BSN F-ABMDI
Jennifer Snippen combines a lifelong interest in photography with decades of experience in medical and forensic settings in her practical and realistic approach to forensic photography. Her high energy courses are well-received by law enforcement, medical staff, and death investigators across the country. Jennifer is a Board Certified Medicolegal Death Investigator, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Fellow and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. She a registered nurse with extensive critical care/trauma experience and past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for Linn and Benton Counties in Oregon. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Lane Community College Science Department where she teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology. Jennifer received a Master’s in Applied Biomedical Anthropology from Oregon State University with a minor focus on Physiology. Her thesis research project was a multijurisdictional study of law enforcement experiences related to infant death investigations.
Morning Session: Practical Forensic Photography will highlight photography fundamentals relevant to any criminal and medicolegal investigations. Featured topics include: common camera settings, lighting, focus, supplemental equipment, patrol/first responder photographs, in-hospital/clinical forensics, infant death investigation, as well as core components of photodocumentation in presumed natural, suicide, accident and homicide death investigations. An overview of basic forensic photography concepts will be accompanied by introduction to more advanced techniques. Our goal is to provide valuable information to both veteran and novice investigators. The emphasis on practical applications is intended to promote high quality and valuable photodocumentation in spite of the challenges posed by limited agency resources.
Afternoon Session: Jennifer will emphasize the importance of collaboration in strangulation recognition and response. This training begins with a discussion of asphyxiation & a review of basic medical terminology. Anatomical structures are then reviewed along with basic physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular & central nervous systems. With this foundation established, an explicit discussion of the physiological signiﬁcance of strangulation is offered. Investigative techniques are then discussed with rationale provided for each line of inquiry. A discussion of photodocumentation, body maps, & physical assessment tools will be included. Case reviews are provided to include recreational events, assaults, homicides, suicides, & accidents. Photographs & videos are utilized extensively.
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