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Officers train for law enforcement photography
28 September 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - A training course in specialized photography for law enforcement officers was conducted August 31 to September 2 at the United Tribes Technical College.

      The course, “Law Enforcement Digital Photography,” attracted 12 participants from tribal and state law enforcement agencies. It was another offering in tribal and rural law enforcement training at United Tribes.

Michael Delaqua, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Rural Policing Institute, Glynco, GA.

      The training was conducted by Michael Delaqua of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s (FLETC) Rural Policing Institute (RPI), Glynco, GA.

      The training was geared toward law enforcement officers who document crime scenes, traffic crash scenes, injuries, or other evidence associated with criminal investigations. Two North Dakota county sheriff’s deputies attended, along with officers from tribal and federal agencies.

      The trainees learned the fundamentals associated with controlling a photographic exposure with a digital SLR camera system. Following instruction and practical exercises, they produced high quality evidence grade photographs.

      The three day program provided comprehensive training in the following areas: Principles of Photography, Digital SLR Camera Set-Up and Operation, Legal Aspects of Photography, Digital Imaging Software Overview, Crime Scene Photography, Vehicle Crime Scene Photography, Electronic Flash Operation, Flash Photography, Specialized Photography Techniques, and Low Light Photography.

      Upon completion, each trainee received a complete law enforcement documentation kit that included a digital SLR camera system, lens, electronic flash unit, crime scene photo-number kit, forensic photo scale kit, cleaning kit, photography literature and a camera bag.

      United Tribes Technical College President David M. Gipp welcomed the trainees to the college’s Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. Gipp reiterated his commitment to provide more training opportunities for Indian country and rural law enforcement agencies. Gipp said the college is working on expanding the range of partnerships the college desires to providing training for law enforcement agencies.

This is a student photo taken at night to demonstrate mastery of low-light situations. The location on the United Tribes campus was set up like a crime scene. It is not real.

      United Tribes offers undergraduate coursework in Criminal Justice and is scheduled to open new, state-of-the-art training facilities in December that will be used for the CJ program and specialized law enforcement training.

      Attending photography training were drug enforcement agents, criminal investigators, police officers, internal affairs agents, and a police chief. The agencies were located in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota.

      The trainees responded very well to the program and the exceptionally clear and helpful instruction received from Michael Delaqua of the RPI.

      Special Agent Earl Charbonneau, Turtle Mountain Agency in North Dakota said the training was “vitally important.” Sisseton Agency Agent Jerard Hoeger said it was the best training opportunity he experienced. “Awesome,” concluded Mike McDonald of the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, Bismarck North Dakota. “This training was great,” said Internal Affairs Agent Donovan Wind.

      The FLETC RPI is scheduled to sponsor “Domestic Violence Instructor” training at United Tribes from September 27 to October 1.


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