More Than 60 Professionals Gather for Tennessee IAI Conference 2017

The Tennessee IAI held their annual educational conference last month in middle Tennessee, hosted at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the training rooms. There were more than 60 attendees that traveled from all over the state to attend the three-day conference.

They attended lectures that included Ritualistic and Occult Crimes, Fracture Matching Evidence and Shoe Impressions, Forensic Skeletal Scenes, Conducting Eyewitness Interviews and Lineups, many different topics of latent prints including The Detection of Fabrication of Latent Prints, Analysis of Plantar Impressions, The Complexity and Strength of Conclusions, and Blood Stain Pattern Analysis. They also were able to attend workshops that included Child Death Investigations, Crime Scene Photography and latent prints.

The organization brought in lecturers from all over the United States. Some of the names included Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist Hugh Berryman, Forensic Operation Manager Michele Triplett, Certified Latent Print Examiner Rachelle Babler, and Assistant Director of Forensic Services at the Regional Forensic Center in Memphis, Tennessee Paulette Sutton.

The conference was a great success and was POST approved for 24 hours. The TN-IAI had attendees that included latent print examiners, law enforcement officers, criminal investigators, criminal justice teachers, and students. At the conference,a silent auction featured local items from all over Tennessee, and all items were sold! 

The TN-IAI looks forward to growing the division in the next upcoming years and growing the conference as well. The extend special thanks to the vendors that came to the conference to show off their newest products. Those vendors were Foster & Freeman, Arrowhead Forensics, Tri Tech Forensics, Leica Geosystems, and Forensic Source.

For upcoming training and next year’s conference, visit the TN-IAI website at


Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.