Ask a Forensic Expert: Tom Gier--Certified Latent Print Examiner

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Welcome to "Ask The Forensic Expert" Series

To get a forensic job, it's who you know, right?

Well, how do you get to know 'someone' (forensic expert)?

The first of the series features Tom Gier, a Certified Latent Print Examiner, Author, and Adjunct Instructor.

In this interview style format, Tom Gier provides the answers often asked by forensic students:

What classes did you take in school?

How did you get your job?

Why did you get certified?

Why is it so hard to get a forensic job?

What do you do?

What are latent prints?

Why is it so important to belong to forensic organizations?

Tom provides over 90 minutes of valuable forensic knowledge, tips, expertise, and gives you a glimpse of what a typical day is like for a latent print examiner. And his first hand knowledge of what it takes to start a forensic career and the specialized training needed to continue to be recognized as a forensic expert is priceless.

Tom also shares his experiences with unique cases, such as identifying bite marks belonging to an alligator, without the aid of forensic identifying tools.

In this course, you will:

Discover why you need to be an active member in professional forensic organizations and increase your chances of finding a professional mentor.

Identify the best education and training needed to apply to forensic internships--and why you should start looking for internships before graduating from college.

See what a professional CV looks like and what you should include in yours.

Increase your investigative skills by reviewing 3 case studies, learning how each case was solved using forensic techniques and bite pattern marks (scene photos included).

Create your forensic networking community by scheduling a one-on-one mentoring session (live event) with Tom Gier and Terri Armenta. In your personal coaching session, you learn how to market your forensic career and connect with a forensic professional--which will increase your chances of getting hired. Your personal session is included in the course.

Your Forensic Career Starts Here!

Your Instructor

Tom Gier
Tom Gier

Tom Gier, who is the Technical Supervisor of the Latent Print Department, is an International Association for Identification (IAI) Certified Latent Print Examiner (CLPE) at the Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab, (Lake Charles, LA), where he has been employed for the last 9 years. His department conducts AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System) latent print searches and comparisons, as well as processes evidence for possible latent prints.

In addition to his primary duties, Tom continues to teach Forensic Chemistry students during their senior year at McNeese State University (his Alma Mater), conducts In-Service training for local law enforcement agencies, as well as teaching classes on latent print evidence packaging, proper documentation of latent prints lift cards and lifting prints from difficult and texture surfaces. Tom also does guest lectures for colleges, universities, law enforcement agencies, civil organizations and high schools. He has taught classes at conferences for forensic professionals and was the 2014-2015 President of the Louisiana Division of the IAI (LAIAI). Tom has testified as an expert witness numerous times in federal and state courts in fingerprint matters, and in 2012, he wrote and published his first book, Lasting Impressions.

Class Curriculum

  Welcome! Welcome!
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  Automated Fingerprint Identification System
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  Case Study: Thelma and Louise--Swamp Murderers
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  Contact Information
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  How to Schedule Forensic Networking One on One Consultation
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  Bonus Section: Alligator Bites and Forensic Science
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Also, I encourage you to view the course multiple times because each time you will learn something new.
How do I schedule my one on one forensic expert session?
In the course, there is detailed instruction along with an appointment form for you to completed and submit. We will then contact you to confirm the date and time you selected.
Am I able to contact Tom Gier directly?
Yes, this course includes Tom's professional email address. You may email any additional questions you may have about Latent Prints or any other forensic related questions.

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