Forensic Institute for Research and Education


Upcoming Training:


Basic Mantracking I

November 7-9, 2014

Friday, Nov. 7: 12 pm - 5 pm

Saturday, Nov. 8: 8 am - 5 pm

Sunday, Nov. 9: 8 am - 4 pm

Near LaVergne, TN

Cost: $150

On Friday the class will meet at the multi-purpose building of the LaVergne Police Department, located at 5093 Murfreesboro Road, for a classroom presentation before traveling to the outdoor site approximately 2 miles away.


Registration is limited to 30 participants, open to the public, and perfect for those interested in law enforcement, search and rescue, hunting, and outdoor activities such as hiking and camping. Prereigstration is required.

This course focuses on the fundamentals necessary to track humans in nature, and is followed by Basic Mantracking II and III—with increasing levels of difficulty. Basic Mantracking I will specifically train the participant to recognize sign, differentiate human sign from animal activity, and cut for sign. Intermediate Mantracking I and II, and Advanced Mantracking will follow the basic course series offering participants the opportunity to become more proficient tracking in varying types of environments and conditions (deciduous and coniferous, heavy vegetation, short grass, night tracking). During the Basic Mantracking I course, participants will learn to recognize and use subtle changes in the environment necessary to successfully track lost or missing individuals.

Lead course instructors include Hugh Berryman and Levi Montgomery, who have national and international experience teaching mantracking to law enforcement and members of the military, and tracking instructors primarily from law enforcement backgrounds. The course will begin with a brief lecture providing an overview of visual mantracking followed by exercises in sign recognition. Most of the time spent in this course will involve intense hands-on experience tracking in various natural environments. At the end of this 3-day course, participants should possess the initial skills needed to track a human and the foundation upon which to build tracking expertise. After this course, you will never look at the ground the same way will read it.

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Mental Health

Mental Health Requirement: POST approved for 1 hour

FIRE is offering a new online training course in the area of mental health. The course meets the new POST Commission mental health requirement and has been approved for one hour of POST certification. Created by Kim Parker, MSSW, the course makes officers aware of mental health issues, which they may encounter on the job. The cost of the one hour course is only $25 and may be accessed and completed at any time. Click here to register.
Once registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the course. The course is to be used only for the registered participant. If you have any questions, please email or 615-494-7971.


Exclusive Training Opportunities!

Onground course
Does your department have more training needs than training budget? The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) is holding specialized online training programs that are vastly different from anything you've ever experienced in law enforcement. These workshops are appropriate for computer rookies and veterans alike, and since they are offered online, they will allow officers the freedom to advance at their own pace over a four week period. They will also allow departments to schedule training time for officers that will not negatively impact budgets, overtime, or shift work. Each interactive online workshop is taught by experienced law enforcement experts and will be submitted for 24 hours POST approval.
Although there is no cOnground courseost for the workshops, approval is required from your Sheriff, Chief, or Training Director so that we can ensure your department's commitment to this program (24 hours over a four week period). Don't miss this opportunity to experience an interactive approach to cutting edge law enforcement training (most classes include interactive crime scenes from actual case files!). Class sizes are limited to 15 participants, so apply now!


Each workshop will be:Onground course
  • No cost to law enforcement
  • Limited to 15 participants
  • POST approved for 24 hours*
  • Conducted over a 4 week period
  • Taught completely online in an asynchronous format
  • Created and instructed by experienced and established law enforcement professionals
  • Hosted and managed through the Tennessee Board of Regents' secured online learning management system, D2L (law enforcement will register with FIRE and will not be asked to register as a TBR or MTSU student)



 Onground course


*24 hours POST approval pending


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