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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis news and views from Bracken, our top BPA Dog

Advanced BPA TRAINING - may 2021

Thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people we successfully delivered our 40-hour ... residential ... covid-safe ... ADVANCED BPA Training course this month.

It was really great to see some of our previous students again and we were absolutely thrilled to see how much their BPA expertise had developed since we first met them on our Basic BPA course.

We had a range of participants from different agencies, each with their own experiences in BPA that they willingly and generously shared with everyone.

The training was delivered over 5 modules starting with a review of the cause and effect relationships that contribute to the development of complex bloodstain patterns and the frameworks that are available to identify them, including 'Objective Criteria'. Classroom-based sessions on enhancement techniques, documentation of BPA, correlation of BPA to wound pathology, sequencing, quality processes and validation frameworks were interspersed with dynamic practical wet-blood workshops ... and of course plenty of tea breaks!

Practical learning is a huge part of our training courses, and students completed sessions on impact pattern reconstruction, cast-off patterns and gunshot-generated bloodstains before working in teams to simulate complex blood scene scenarios for examination by their counterparts.

The week flew by and it was an absolute joy to announce at the end of it that there had been a 100% pass rate on the assessment.

Thanks to Thames Valley Police, Principal Forensic Services, Key Forensics Services, London Southbank University, EMSOU (West Midlands Police) and Millington Hingley Ltd for supporting our training programs - we couldn't do it without you!

If you want to register your interest for our next ADVANCED BPA Training Course (date to be confirmed) - please get in touch with us - email: and we will add you to the waiting list.

Happy BPA-ing!


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