Welcome to The SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute! We are the official training arm of SketchCop® Solutions – “The Digital Difference in Facial Imaging & Identification”.

Our goal is to train the next generation of facial imaging technicians through promoting the use of digital composite sketch software by law enforcement and other related industries during criminal investigations. We also provide training for traditional forensic artists in the use of digital tools/software to enhance their skills and streamline their workflow.

Courses at SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute are an excellent supplement for those taking our SketchCop® Online Academy courses.

For a schedule of upcoming courses at The SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute, please consult our Upcoming Events Calendar

About The Vollmer Institute:

The Vollmer Institute is a Criminal Justice Professional Education enterprise dedicated to enhancing the quality of law enforcement and all related disciplines as a turnkey service to support the continuing education of the criminal justice profession.

The Vollmer Institute also offers polygraph training and forensic science training through the Forensic Science Academy led by Terri Armenta.

The SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute offers training in the use of digital tools paired with image editing software that traditional forensic artists will find useful for their work creating criminal portraits.

Non-artists who wish to create facial composites may enroll in our SketchCop® Facial Composite System Software training. During their training, attendees will learn to use the same digital tools and image editing software.

Our current course – Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement, features The SketchCop Solution™ – 5 Steps to Creating Effective Facial Composites. (The course curriculum has been adapted for both audiences.)

Course topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Modern techniques in forensic art
  • Using SketchCop® Facial Composite System Software
  • Overview of digital illustration tools
  • Adobe® Photoshop & Elements
  • Corel Painter & Essentials
  • Facial anatomy & aging techniques
  • Eyewitness profiles
  • The cognitive interview
  • Facial composites in the media
  • Courtroom testimony
  • Practical exercises
  • Much, much more

Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement was developed by Michael W. Streed – The SketchCop®. The course is based upon his four-decades as one of the world’s most experienced forensic artists. Michael is the resident forensic artist at The SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute and course instructor. (SketchCop Bio)

Attendees are required to bring their own laptop or tablet computer with Windows O/S.

Training materials are provided by SketchCop® Solutions and a Certificate of Attendance is awarded to those who successfully complete the course.

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For questions, e-mail: Contact@SketchCop.com.

There are many other training options listed below, including our SketchCop® Online Academy. This option allows attendees to purchase training modules designed for new, or continuing education, in forensic art/forensic facial imaging.

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SketchCop® Online Academy

SketchCop® Live Webinar Training

  • Live, instructor-led, webinars
  • Saves travel costs
  • All training materials provided

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