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COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is an eight hours course that will acquaint the student with some of the basic principles that apply to the forensic investigation and forensic examination of locks, safes, and related security devices. The student will learn and understand the value the forensic locksmith can be to the consumer and to law enforcement; how the locksmith skills you already possess can be utilized to assist the consumer and law enforcement; what marks are left behind when a lock is compromised, how to recognize these marks and how to distinguish them from normal marks left on a lock; how to process a “scene” and preserve the “evidence” and the scene itself for possible later presentation in court; the basics of report writing for law enforcement and insurance companies; how to qualify as an “expert” and how to prepare a “CV”; techniques of auto theft and bypass methods for some transponder systems; how to determine if a lock was compromised when the car is completely burnt and methods of advertising and how to build a forensic locksmith clientele.

MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR COURSE: Student should bring the following items to class:
Basic locksmith tools (picks, small screwdriver, follower, tweezers, needle nose pliers, small plastic tip or metal tip hammer, etc)
One or two new rim or mortise cylinders or an old cylinder with new pins installed
One or two wafer locks with new wafers (these can be standard wafer or automotive type)
8X or larger Magnifying glass

About The Instructor: Daniel E. Cunningham, JD, CRL, CFL, CFATE

Dan began locksmithing in 1977, while still employed as a deputy sheriff. He retired from the sheriff’s department in 1979 and followed a career in locksmithing. Over the years he has been employed as an employee in a lock shop, has worked as an in-house locksmith for a large company, and has owned his own shop. He is the owner of A&D Forensic Analysis And Security, Inc. and the past president of the Pacific Locksmith Association. His educational background includes training as a field evidence technician by California Dept. Of Justice, a law degree, and numerous training courses in locksmithing and auto theft. He is a member of the International Assoc. of Investigative Locksmiths, ALOA and the International Assoc. of Forensic Auto Theft Examiners. He has taught numerous training seminars for insurance, law enforcement and arson investigators.

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