The Forensic Science Leadership Series
at Cedar Crest College

2019 Workshops

Crime Scene Reconstruction Course: Science from Scene to Courtroom

Crime Scene Reconstruction Course: Science from Scene to Courtroom

July 29 to Aug 2, 2019
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Course Instructors

Presented by Dr. Mark Reynolds APM


Recent scrutiny of law enforcement has identified a noticeable dearth of underpinning scientific support in many areas of endeavor.  One area highlighted is the apparent lack of knowledge on how to examine and test case-specific scientific data with reconstructive processes so that experimentally derived results are robust, reliable and supported by fundamental scientific principles.

This course will provide attendees with an understanding of fundamental science and how it can be applied to case specific reconstructive efforts so that experimentally derived data and reconstructive determinations are reliable, defendable and most importantly, case circumstance specific.  The course will also illustrate that reconstructive efforts can be as simple as just the correct identification, collection, and testing of evidence samples or so complex as to require formal planning, multiple replicates and documented dependent and independent variable control.  The course foundation is premised on the fact that irrespective of complexity, the “value add” of any reconstructive effort hinges on getting it right at the start.  Upon course completion attendees will also be able to describe reasoning models involved in reconstructive efforts, identify and evaluate case specific assumptions and limitations, explain the compilation, reporting and delivery of expert reconstructive outcomes and recognize and avoid, the dangers of “early theory of development.”

Who should attend the course?

The course is designed for experienced crime scene investigators and forensic scientists who have scene-based casework experience and who are required to perform crime scene interpretations and reconstructions.  The format of the course is such that participants will be able to immediately implement the knowledge gained from the course into their daily casework activities.

What can attendees expect from the course?

The first four days of the course will use theoretical and practical interaction to examine topics such as:

Who is Mark?

With almost 30 years of law enforcement experience, Dr. Mark Reynolds was, until recently, employed by the Western Australia Police as their Forensic Science Consultant and Manager, Quality Assurance.  Mark holds a BSc (Biology), MSFS and a Ph.D. in BPA.  Coupling his formal education, 18 years of practical experience in the use of science to investigate homicides and almost 10 years of supervising MSFS and PhD post graduate research students, Mark is well placed to understand and link the theoretical concepts and practical implications of using science, experimental design and hypothesis testing to actual casework.  A strong proponent of the absolute need to support forensic opinion evidence with scientific facts, Mark brings a unique skill set to the course and is dedicated to demonstrating the valuable linkages between reconstructive experimentation and complex firearm and bloodstained death scenes.


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Course Duration and Assessments

80 hours inclusive of pre and post course self-directed learning.  The course has three assessments: a pre-course assignment and on the final day attendees will sit a written theory examination followed by a case review requiring the development of a complex reconstructive experiment from which they will prepare a comprehensive reconstructive experimental plan.

General Information

The cost of the course is USD $1595.00 per person.  Full payment must be made at least 28 days prior to course commencement on July 1, 2019.

Each participant is responsible for making his or her own hotel reservation. It is recommended to use the hotel listed below.

Course registration deadline is June 29.

Meals and Accommodations

The cost of accommodation, meals and incidentals will be the responsibility of the participant. Lunch is available at the college and restaurants are located within a short walk of the recommended hotel for the course.

The Hyatt Place Bethlehem is the recommended hotel for the course. A discounted group booking rate is available.

Quote G-FABB when reserving a room via phone.

Hyatt Place Bethlehem
45 West North Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA 18018
Contact: JoAn Collins
Tel: +1 610 625 0500, Fax: +1 610 625 0503

The hotel offers a free shuttle service that can be booked for travel to and from Cedar Crest College and to the airport.

Course Contacts

All course content questions please send to Dr. Mark Reynolds,

All registration questions please send to