8:30am – 5:00pm
Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Community Room
5200 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
This 8-hour course is designed to assist understanding and engagement with new genomic technologies that are increasingly common as investigative leads, such as, DNA-predicted physical appearance (hair/eye/skin color, face shape) and ancestry estimations.
This course provides foundational information about the use and limitations of genomic technologies in the context of casework (both criminal and missing persons). Through activities and discussions, course participants will engage some of the common contexts in applying these DNA evidences to casework, such as translating ancestry to race labels, accounting for the accuracy of the genetic prediction in your investigation, and using the genetic results to narrow down your leads.
The course also offers a step-by-step guide to deciding which investigative genetics technology is right for an array of casework contexts (e.g. low quality DNA, DNA mixture, lead or no lead, skeletal DNA, touch DNA, diversity of suspect pool).
To improve the attendee’s understanding of the uses and limitations of genetic predictors of physical appearance and ancestry in case investigations. To develop a protocol for assessing the most useful genetic test (beyond CODIS), given the quality of the DNA and the case context. To provide a network of genetic researchers and practitioners for consultation.
Prerequisites and Eligibility
Must be currently employed by a Law Enforcement Agency. Participation in this workshop is limited to law enforcement practitioners where having an up-to-date grasp of genomic technological applications is imperative. This workshop is formatted and approved as an accredited continuing education course through the Commission for Peace Officers Standards and Training for California law enforcement.
An anonymous survey may be emailed to you prior to the start of the course to better understand the incoming perspectives and interests of the attendees.
Qualified participants are to enroll through https://post.ca.gov/Training. Contact Dr. Cris Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org refer to POST Plan: N/A POST Course Number: 3180-11160-19. Participation will be capped at 65 attendees.
For information about the hosting agency, contact Dr. Lauren Zephro; email@example.com.
Dr. Cris Hughes, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Alison Galloway, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
Dr. Chelsey Juarez, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno
Dr. Lauren Zephro, Forensic Services Director, Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office
The UC Santa Cruz Science & Justice Research Center, the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This course preceded an on-campus panel discussion Forensic Genomics: New Frontiers and New Considerations, hosted by the SJRC, aimed to explore the big-picture issues of recent, rapid advancements in forensic genomics through an ELSI lens (ethical, legal, & social implications) of novel technologies. The description and rapporteur report can be found at: https://scijust.ucsc.edu/2019/12/03/dec-03-forensic-genomics/ .