Investigators have many options used to identify unknown suspects. One is facial composites. Many times investigators call upon forensic artists as a means to check a box on an investigative checklist. Although investigators understand the value of facial composites, they don’t necessarily understand under what circumstances they should do one, or when to introduce the facial composite into their investigation. This further includes limitations on their eyewitness.
As an investigative resource, the forensic artist, should view themselves as a case consultant. Although it can be a slippery slope, (The forensic artist does not want to be seen as trying to tell investigators how to run their case.) there may be some things the forensic artist can suggest that investigators might not have considered.
In this course, students will examine why the forensic artist should create and facial composite and when it’s best to do so. This also includes eyewitness limitations that greatly affect the why and the when.
Our course, WHY & WHEN to Create a Facial Composite, is perfect for:
*Anyone who wants to learn the circumstances of WHY a facial composite should be done.
*Anyone wanting to increase their knowledge about using facial composites as an investigative tool.
*Forensic students who want to learn the strength & limitations of a facial composite as a way to complement other evidence they are evaluating.
*Law Enforcement/Forensic professionals who want to learn WHEN it’s a good decision to create a facial composite.
*Forensic Artists who want to review & reinforce their skills
*Material is suitable for beginners & those with previous experience
Those attending WHY & WHEN to Create a Facial Composite will view a narrated presentation and audio lecture that demonstrates and supports WHY & WHEN investigators should consider using a facial composite during an investigation. Handout materials are also provided.
Course instruction will include:
*WHY create a facial composite
*WHEN to create a facial composite
*Human and environmental elements to consider
*Thoughts on how to fill the role of case consultant