Thursday, August 12, 2010
Investigators get crime scene brushup
By SUE WATSON
Eight investigators got some refresher time and new officers the basics of crime scene investigation recently at home in the Holly Springs Police Department conference room.
The class was taught by veteran Memphis police officer Mark Beryman, who brings 23 years in law enforcement and 10 years of crime scene investigation to the table.
The 40 hours of basic crime scene training was paid for by the Marshall County Board of Supervisors and hosted by the sheriff’s department, said sheriff Kenny Dickerson. He expressed his appreciation that the training was made available at home. Departments save on travel expenses and more investigators can take the course when it is offered at home, he said.
The convenience of holding training at home saves travel money and more investigators can take the training, since, if out-of-town travel is required, some investigators would have to remain at home to cover calls, Dickerson said.
Beryman said officers learned the basics of lifting fingerprints, securing the scene, collecting and processing crime scene evidence, and how to document crime scene evidence with photographs, reports and sketches.
“That’s what the whole class is about,” he said. “This is the exact same training the Memphis Police Department gets.”
Municipalities like Holly Springs and Byhalia are required to provide 16 hours a year of training for police officers while investigators at the Marshall County Sheriff's Department far exceed that number of hours a year in training, said major Kelly McMillen with the sheriff’s office.
“We want to thank Chief Pearson for letting us use the Holly Springs Police Department facility,” McMillen said. “The narcotics and sheriff’s investigators thank Sheriff Dickerson for this opportunity to continue our education.”
Chief Robert Pearson said his department was happy to provide training space.
“We are just happy to share our resources; we are all on the same team,” he said.
The Holly Springs Police Department is in a new facility equipped with the latest technology and provided with quality space for law enforcement operations.
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