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***CLASS CANCELLED***Practical Forensic Photography for Criminal and Medicolegal Death Investigations & Strangulation Recognition and Response

  • June 13, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Baker County Fair Grounds 2600 East St. Baker City, OR 97814
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Class Title:

Practical Forensic Photography for Criminal and Medicolegal Investigations  & Strangulation Recognition and Response

Target Audience:

  *** Law Enforcement, Medics, DME's, Deputy & District Attorney's***

Sponsoring Agency:

Oregon Peace Officers Association &  Baker County Sheriff's Office

Date and Time:

June 13th, 2019  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7:30 a.m. Check-in)       


FULL DAY: $75 OPOA Members   $95 non-OPOA Members 

HALF DAY registrations available:

Practical Forensic Photography

Strangulation Recognition and Response

Training Location:

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. 

Brief Overview:

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.

 DPSST Category:  General 

Contact Information:

Avena Glock at (971) 218-7161 or training1@opoa.info.


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