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Steven Staggs is a retired deputy chief from the University of California Police Department, Riverside.  For the past 20 years, Steven Staggs has been a forensic photography instructor and has trained more than 3,500 crime scene technicians and investigators for police and sheriffs departments, district attorneys offices, and federal agencies. He is also a guest speaker for investigators' associations and provides consulting to law enforcement agencies.

 

He has extensive experience in crime scene photography and identification. He has testified in superior court concerning his crime scene, evidence, and autopsy photography and has handled high profile cases including a nationally publicized serial homicide case.

 

Steve is the author of the “Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide,” a field handbook for crime scene and evidence photography, which is in use by investigators in more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies.

 

He retired in 2004 after 32 years in law enforcement, but continues to teach forensic photography and crime scene investigations at universities in Southern California.

Crime Scene and Evidence Photographer's Guide
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According to the book description of Crime Scene Photography, “This book covers the role of a photographer in a crime scene beginning with the history of photography and fundamental concepts of general camera use. This text covers photography concepts and practical applications to vehicular accidents, vehicle examinations, and crimes against property. Also covers concepts and protocols to crimes against persons such as assault and homicide scenes, autopsy, and special issues covering arson, alternative light sources, and SMAT (Scars, Marks, and Tattoos).”

About University of California Police Department, Riverside

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