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Wednesday March 31st, 2010 :: 02:51 p.m. EDT

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There are only 7 graduates of the National Forensic Academy in the state and 2 work for LCSO. See press release.

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Contact: Sheriff Barry S. Faile
(803) 313-2121

Major J. David Belk, Undersheriff
(803) 313-2148

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2010

Lancaster County Crime Scene Investigators Graduate
From National Forensic Academy

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Crime Scene Investigators Kenneth Taylor and Jeff Steele of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office were among the 22 law enforcement professionals to graduate from Session 26 of The University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy™ (NFA™). Graduation was held March 19 on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.

The NFA is one of the nation's premier training grounds for crime scene investigators. A program of the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC), the NFA is a 10-week, in-residence training program. Select crime scene investigators from law enforcement organizations around the country learn about evidence identification, collection and preservation. Two sessions are held each year, and each involves 400 hours of training: 150 hours of class work, 240 hours of field exercises and 10 hours of skills assessment and evaluation.

The National Forensic Academy held its first session in 2001. Since then, the academy has graduated more than 437 law enforcement professionals from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Iceland. Session 26 hosted the first participant from the state of Connecticut. The state of South Carolina now has 7 NFA graduates with the addition of the two from Lancaster County.

The NFA receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Sheriff Faile says, “This is the level of service that the people of Lancaster County have come to expect from this agency. Now, when we have a major crime scene, we can call our own people to process the scene and they can respond in a matter of minutes.”
In August 2008, the academy opened a new training facility in Oak Ridge. The new 7,000-square-foot space includes an interactive classroom, a laboratory, photography lab and a specially designed experiment room where CSIs can learn to better evaluate blood evidence and practice various forensic investigative techniques.

Session 27 of the NFA will begin in September 2010.

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Lancaster County, SC Sheriff's Office
1941 Pageland Hwy
Lancaster, SC 29720

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Eric Brown
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803-313-2123

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