Asst. Director of Training, IPTM
Mr. Barker joined the Institute full time in January 1999 serving as the Criminal and Forensics Section Coordinator and Training Specialist. He was responsible for development and presentation of training programs in the Criminal and Forensic Investigations and Traffic Crash Investigations Sections, and has now accumulated nearly 29 years of Public Safety service. His initial IPTM Instructor career began with IPTM in 1995 teaching Crime Scene Investigations as an Adjunct Instructor. He recently assumed the position of Assistant Director of Training and oversees all training programs and instructors for the Institute.
Prior to January 1999, Mr. Barker was a Major Case Supervisor with the Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, Forensic Science Section, where he was directly involved with more than 400 Death Investigations. The sheriff’s office responds to over 20,000 crime scene investigations involving Crimes Against Persons, Property Crimes, and Traffic Crash Fatalities, annually, with 35 Forensic Science personnel on staff. His responsibilities included shift personnel supervision, 24 hour Major Case Scene supervision, FTO Section Coordinator, and section Training Coordinator, responsible for the planning and scheduling of training for all members.
Mr. Barker’s teaching background is extensive with over 25 years of professional Forensic Science instruction with various consulting companies and Universities to include: The University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College Crime Scene Technologies Degree Program and Public Safety Criminal Justice Institute, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and IPTM as an adjunct instructor, beginning in 1995. Mr. Barker has presented Seminars at the International and Florida district 6 meetings of the International Association of Identification. His teaching experiences have extended throughout the United States, Southern Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and the Middle East.
With 27 Years of Law Enforcement experience and consultation, Mr. Barker has developed his expertise in all areas of Criminal Investigations with specific emphasis on the crime scene. His primary areas of expertise include Advanced Latent Print Development Techniques, Digital Photography, Field and Bench applications for Alternate Light Energy, and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Mr. Barker is an experienced courtroom witness and has been certified as a courtroom expert in the fields of Crime Scene Processing and Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation. He has credentialed himself as a Senior Crime Scene Analyst with the International Association of Identification and has served as the Crime Scene Investigations Chairman for the FDIAI. Mr. Barker holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and has qualified as a Florida State Criminal Justice certified Instructor.
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