Seminar Title

Online-Firearms and Firearms Evidence: Facts and Fundamentals Not Typically Covered in Police Training

Dates of Events

10/12/2023 through 10/12/2023

Last Updated: 09/27/2023
Instructor(s): Thomas Martin
Course Registration Fee: $150
Instructor Bio
Thomas Martin
Tom Martin, Senior Investigator, New York State Police, (retired)
Senior Investigator Tom Martin retired from the New York State Police after a twenty-two year career. Tom began his law enforcement career in 1988 as a uniformed New York State Trooper, and spent the majority of his career assigned to a full time crime scene/ major case investigation unit, retiring as the supervisor of that unit.
Upon his retirement, Tom established his forensic consulting company, Crime Scene Forensics, LLC, and provides forensic training and case consultations nationwide. He continues to work regularly in the field of forensic investigations and concentrates on homicide and questioned death scene investigations, bloodstain pattern analysis cases, shooting incident reconstructions and officer involved shooting investigations and reconstructions. Tom regularly provides expert forensic testimony in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
Tom has worked with the U.S. State Dept and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, (IACP) in developing and delivering training programs involving evidence based investigations for ranking members of Iraqi police forces.
Tom is a nationally recognized speaker who has been providing training to law enforcement agencies nationwide for over twenty-five years. He is currently a faculty member for the National District Attorneys Association.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: October 12, 2023
Time: 1:00p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Have you ever noticed how sometimes in a training class the instructor will veer off of the prepared material to offer additional information based on his or her experience? Sometimes its a few extra notes to better explain the topic. Sometimes it’s just a better explanation than “the one in the book.” These “additional notes” or “aside information" tend to be extremely useful to us and they are often the points that we retain the best.
Police officers of all ranks are trained in firearms to one degree or another. This training is a compilation of those “additional notes” or “aside information" and is designed to present those more obscure facts about firearms and firearms evidence - the information not normally covered in general firearms training. Important facts and fundamentals of firearms and firearms related evidence will be presented in order to provide a better understanding of one of the most important topics in police work and death investigations.
Topics include:
• Anatomy of a cartridge
• Can a semi automatic pistol “accidentally” fire…understanding safety features and the parts that make the pistol work
• Anatomy of a revolver - Does anyone remember the revolver?
• Carbines v. Rifles
• Dynamics of discharging a firearm
• The “explosion” - muzzle blast and resulting gun shot residue
• Understanding rifling and its significance to shooting
• Understanding rifling and its significance to laboratory ballistics testing
• Lands and grooves rifling vs. polygonal rifling
• What do all those extra initials mean… Understanding calibers and the designations that go along with the cartridge
• What is +P ammunition?
• Properly securing firearms as evidence
• Properly securing firearms from bodies of water
• Properly collecting bullets and ejected cartridge casings at the scene
• Properly collecting fired bullets at the autopsy
• Properly securing clothing struck by fired bullets
• What happens at the lab: understanding the lab report and the available testing for fired bullets and ejected cartridge casings
• Where does the ejected casing go? Will it always eject to the right?
Group Viewing Encouraged: Pay 1 Registration Fee
·Multiple attendees can group view the training from one device only and each attendee will receive a certificate.
·ONLY the registered attendee will receive a link to join the training (Link will be sent 1-2 Days Prior to the Event)
Quiz & Certificates: Within 24 hours after the live broadcast the registered attendee will receive an email with:
·Quiz link that will need to be forwarded to each person in your group so they may print a certificate after completing the quiz. ·30 Days Access of the Recording (this link may be shared with with others in your department)
*** No Refunds After Class Link Has Been Sent***

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