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Digital Photography for Law Enforcement Level 2 (DPLE 2)

Up one level Digital Photography for Law Enforcement Level 2 (DPLE 2)

This program has been approved by the Crime Scene Certification Board and the Forensic Photography Board of the International Association for Identification (IAI) as meeting the requirements necessary for training and professional development towards crime scene and forensic photography certification/recertification.

The Digital Photography For Law Enforcement Level 2 (DPLE 2) is designed to equip the experienced law enforcement officer, investigator, and/or crime scene technician with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of digital photography and substantial proficiency capturing the wide range of images required in law enforcement. This includes crime scene photographs, examination-quality evidence photographs, surveillance photographs, low and alternate light source photographs, and panoramic photographs. This program focuses on practical field application, and as such, is comprised of numerous exercise scenarios requiring frequent settings manipulation and production of hundreds of photographs. Once images are obtained, students receive training on proper handling and development of the photographs to meet legal standards for court admission and presentation. Upon completion of the training, the law enforcement student will return to their respective agency with the requisite knowledge and equipment necessary to professionally and properly document virtually any type of crime scene, physical evidence, or criminal activity in progress.

Type: Advanced

Length: 8 training days, including two night sessions


  • Introduction to Digital Single-lens Reflex Cameras
  • Principles of Photography
  • Controlling Light
  • Painting with Light
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Surveillance Photography
  • Forensic Photography
  • Digital Imaging (Image Enhancement)
  • Alternate Light Source Photography
  • Laser Trajectory Photography
  • Blue Star/Luminol Photography
  • Panoramic Photography
  • Image processing with Adobe Photoshop®


Instructional personnel in DPLE 2 include senior law enforcement instructors with many years of extensive law enforcement photography and crime scene processing experience. Instructors maintain professional affiliation with the International Association for Identification (IAI) and ensure the curriculum reflects the most current and relevant information available in the field of forensic and law enforcement photography.

Prerequisites for Attendance

For acceptance into DPLE 2, the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
Be a full time sworn law enforcement officer/agent or a full time employee who is employed by a Federal, State, County or Municipal Law Enforcement or Fire Services Agency whose;

  1. Primary or secondary duty includes investigative photography
  2. Has the approval of their respective agency and,
  3. Will be attending the training on agency time

All applicants are required to sign a statement that they have reviewed the prerequisites and that they meet all of the prerequisites required for attendance prior to attending.

Registration Information

For FLETC on-center training of this program, the Federal Agency Training Officer for your agency should contact the FLETC Training Admissions Specialist at (912) 267-2269 or via e-mail at for program/lodging costs and availability of allocations in this training program if you are interested in attending.

State/Local Employees

Contact FLETC Office of State and Local Training at the State/Local Employee Registration Website.

International (Non-US) Personnel

Should contact FLETC International Training and Technical Assistance at (912) 280-5353, Email:

International Training and Technical Assistance

Additional Information

IOD has the ability to set and modify this course upon a request from an agency who wishes to send 10 students and provides at least three months lead time.

Contact Information

Training Technician
Forensic Science Training Complex
1131 Chapel Crossing Rd, Bldg 890
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Glynco, GA 31524
Phone: (912) 554-4828
Fax: (912) 267-3464

Training Dates

There are currently no training dates or other items within this program.