|Benton Detective Completes Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 11:03|
Benton Police Detective Jeremy Riedmueller recently graduated from the Criminal Justice Institute’s Crime Scene Technician Program, along with eighteen other officers from across the state.
Stimulated by the increasing value of physical evidence and forensic science technologies in assisting law enforcement to solve crimes and the absence of forensic science programs offered in Arkansas that were designed specifically for law enforcement, the Criminal Justice Institute developed and delivered Session I of the Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program in 1999. Including those that recently graduated, 279 members of 114 different law enforcement agencies in Arkansas were selected through an intense screening process and have successfully completed this grueling six month program.
The Crime Scene Technician Certificate Program, the only program of its kind in the state, was designed to increase the value of forensic evidence in a criminal investigation by emphasizing evidence recognition and appropriate documentation, collection, preservation, and storage of physical evidence recovered from a crime scene. To accomplish this goal, program participants receive in-class and skills orientated basic instruction in all key components of crime scene investigation.
Skills competency and written examinations are given at the end of each of the six, three day components held over the course of six months. Successful completion of the program requires the participant to pass all examinations and demonstrate competence in documenting and processing indoor and outdoor crime scenes as well as vehicles.