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                CBRN Forensic Attribution
                          Advanced Lecture & Training Series        


Criminal Enforcement Today

"In a CBRN related criminal prosecution the evidentiary standard to which the hazardous chemical, biological, or radiological evidence will be held will be that of “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Unfortunately for criminal enforcement authorities, the vast majority of CBRN criminal evidence collection protocols used today were originally designed by the regulatory community to meet a regulatory standard. While these evidence collection protocols may be acceptable within a civil or regulatory venue, whereupon the “preponderance of evidence” is the measure of sufficiency, they may prove to be woefully inadequate in obtaining a criminal conviction in a capital crime prosecution based upon a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear material release." 

Steven C. Drielak 

Hot Zone Forensics: Chemical, Biological and Radiological Evidence Collection

The “Hot Zone Forensic” training lecture is designed for those individuals who may be required to search for and collect hazardous evidence within a contaminated zone.  This is a full examination of the various accepted techniques used to collect "criminal" chemical, biological and radiological evidence in 5 separate matrixes.  The proper protocols for sampling equipment preparation, including the re-use of sampling equipment, are also fully examined.  This program explains “why” specific protocols need to be followed and provides participants with information necessary to properly collect various types of evidence related to a CBRN release.  This updated version is same program that has previously been provided in the Counter Terrorism Program, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA.  Instruction time: Approximately 6.0 hours. 




Hot Zone Forensics: Forensic Evidence Trial Issues

This detailed lecture examines the forensic evidence trial issues associated with a CBRN release.  The program is designed for emergency responders, criminal investigators and prosecutors.  It is normally at the trial preparation stage of the criminal justice system process that the  prosecutor learns of the numerous problematic technical issues  surrounding the collection of the crime scene evidence for a trial that is about to begin.  With the knowledge obtained in this training program, the emergency responders, criminal investigators and prosecutors will be able to avoid many of the evidence collection errors that commonly occur when dealing with chemical, biological and radiological evidence.  This program complements the Hot Zone Forensics evidence collection lecture by providing the "consequences" that may occur during a criminal trial due to the actions taken at the initial CBRN crime scene.   Instruction time is approximately 3.0 hours. 


Advanced Hot Zone Forensics Training Program 

This is a unique training program that focuses primarily on the sampling skills and techniques for multiple matrixes that will be required in the event of a CBRN release.   Heavy emphasis is placed on crime scene documentation and the proper safety and evidence collection protocols for the handling of chemical, biological and/or radiological evidence.   This program begins with a Hot Zone Forensic Evidence lecture and is followed by full evidence collection practical exercise.  The program concludes with a lecture on Forensic Evidence Trial Issues.  This course is limited to twelve students.  Course Prerequisites:  40 Hour OSHA HAZWOPER   Course Duration: 2 days.






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