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 forensic artists and facial imaging technicians through promoting the use of forensic facial imaging by law enforcement and other related industries during criminal investigations.

Our courses at SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute will be an excellent supplement for those taking our SketchCop® Online Academy courses.

Please consult our Upcoming Events Calendar for a schedule of upcoming courses at SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute.

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 latchkey 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 illustration tools paired with digital imaging/artist software that traditional forensic artists can deploy during criminal investigations.

For non-artists who wish to create facial composites, we offer training in the use of our SketchCop® Facial Composite System Software, paired with the same digital illustration tools and digital imaging/artist software.

Our current course – Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement, features The SketchCop Solution™ – 5 Steps to Creating Effective Facial Composites.

Additional 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

This course was developed by Michael W. Streed – The SketchCop® and is based upon his four-decades as one of the world’s most experienced forensic artists. He is the resident forensic artist at SketchCop® Academy at The Vollmer Institute and will be teaching this course and several others. (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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