Keeping up with technology is something that is not an option for police officers.
"The biggest problem we are having right now is technology is advancing, but due to budget cuts at the state level, forensic labs are closing and everyone needs to be aware of what needs to be done when sending stuff to the lab." Dothan Police Sergeant Will Glover said.
When the Dothan forensic lab closed, area law enforcement officers had to start sending evidence to Montgomery.
Montgomery had to then process even more evidence from places like Dothan whose labs closed.
This caused a delay in the amount of time it takes for officers to get physical evidence back.
That's why they started training their own.
"It’s a basic class with a very generic overview. We start from the beginning to cover photography, processing crime scenes, collecting evidence, packaging evidence to go to the lab." Glover said.
Other smaller police departments outside of Dothan also joined the class. That saves them money as well.
"There are smaller agencies as sergeant Glover mentioned that are in the area that do not have the funds or the opportunity to attend training that may be out of state that could incur costs such as attending the class fees, hotel fees food fees etc." Dothan Police Department Sergeant Rachel David said,
These types of classes make it easier for police officers to work together.
"Not only are we bettering our own personnel but we are bettering those who work around us, who work hand in hand with other law enforcement agencies and this makes it possible to better serve our community." David
And that’s a goal the department never wants to slack on.
The officers at Tuesday’s class were shown how to use some newer chemicals on the market that make it easier to identify blood from crime scenes.
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