Forensic Science Center was awarded a commendation from the Washington, D.C.,
Metropolitan Police Department in appreciation of providing intensive DNA
training to its forensic analysts.
Dr. Terry W. Fenger, director of the Forensic Science Center, said it is an honor to receive recognition from Metropolitan Police Department Chief of Police Cathy Lanier for the collaborative effort between the agencies to develop and implement a customized DNA analysis training program conducted at the center.
The purpose of the “DNA boot camp” training program was to prepare four forensic examiners to become qualified to perform DNA analysis on evidence. Peter Newsham, Assistant Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department, said the department was very excited to be given the opportunity to have its DNA examiners trained at the Forensic Science Center.
“Marshall University is recognized for its world-class DNA training program, and the training our examiners have received will give the Metropolitan Police Department’s fledgling laboratory a great start,” he said. “The courts, prosecutors and the law enforcement community will know that our examiners have completed the best training program that is available.”
The Metropolitan Police Department requested assistance from Marshall’s Forensic Science Center because it is in the process of expanding its capabilities. The District of Columbia is building a state-of-the-art Consolidated Forensic Laboratory to be completed in 2012 that will house the public health lab, the chief medical examiner’s office and the police department’s crime lab. Training the forensic examiners helped with preparation for a seamless transition into the new facility.
In April, Fenger kicked off the first phase of the training program at the current Washington, D.C., lab facility by providing a week of instruction for four hours daily on molecular biology, focusing on DNA.
The training was made possible by National Institute of Justice cooperative agreements in support of training forensic analysts and assisting the state and local crime laboratories with critical needs.
Photo: Dr. Terry Fenger, director of the Forensic Science Center.
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