In Nov 2012 the 82st Session
graduated from the Virginia Forensic Science Academy.
The nine (9)
week academy is held by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Richmond Va. The Academy has as its objective the training
of qualified crime scene search officers. Law enforcement personnel learn to properly recognize, collect, and preserve items
of physical evidence found at crime scenes for laboratory examination. The students become familiar with the capabilities
and limitations of the modern forensic laboratory in the examination of the broad spectrum of materials which can be collected
as evidence in criminal cases.
The course provides students with
the necessary background information and practical application techniques which, when coupled with the student's previous
experience, permit maximum utilization of forensic science in the apprehension and prosecution of criminals in the Commonwealth
The Forensic Science staff and visiting instructors,
who have contributed many hours to this class, were a vital part in the success of the session.
In addition, the Virginia Forensic Science Academy Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Department
of Forensic Science's Training Section, provides the graduate with many opportunities for continuing education. The Alumni
Association provides unique organizational body which fosters the advancement of forensic science and professional crime scene