Continuing Education March 2018 Recap
If you missed tonight’s continuing education class for the PCPAAA, you really missed a fabulous presentation! We had Kirt Messick, Phx. PD forensic artist, tell us what he does and how he does it. He showed us several composites (pictures he composed from witnesses descriptions) right next to the actual person. WOW! He no longer does the drawings by hand but with the use of computer software – consequently allowing him to do his job much quicker and easier, but no less skilled. He told us how head shape plays such an important part of beginning the process and then how the 4 main components (eyes, nose, & mouth) placement in the head shape really influences the picture. In addition to drawing from witness descriptions, he also does age progressions (what a person may look like now, several/many years after they were last seen), reconstructions from skulls, post-mortem drawings (cleaning up pictures of an unknown person after death so it is not so shocking), to name just a few. Thanks again, Kirt, for a really fascinating presentation!
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