Often, the solution to a crime is found in fine, scientific details easily missed by untrained eyes. To provide and hone skills in evidence identification, collection and preservation for law enforcement investigators, the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training provides training through the Kentucky Criminalistics Academy (KCA).
The 400-hour forensics program is divided between two five-week blocks taught in consecutive years. The first phase, the Crime Scene Technician Course, includes work in basic crime scene processing, digital photography, advanced latent fingerprinting, forensic mapping, case preparation and court testimony.
During the second phase, participants will delve into intense, specialized training in fingerprint identification and comparison techniques, shooting reconstruction, bloodstain pattern recognition and alcohol, firearms and explosives evidence collection. Students will also visit the Forensic Anthropology Center in Tennessee to learn about human bones and how to locate, map and excavate clandestine graves.
The bloodstain pattern portion of the course is taught utilizing human blood obtained from the Kentucky Blood Center. Protective equipment and full bloodborne pathogen safety techniques are followed.
KCA is primarily taught at DOCJT in Richmond. Lodging is available and optional for attendants. Meals must be provided by the participant’s employing agency.
PREREQUISITES FOR THE KENTUCKY CRIMINALISTICS ACADEMY
Be hired by a law enforcement agency in Kentucky as an investigator, detective or a crime scene technician.
Have approval from employing agency chief to attend the academy.
KCA phase I is a prerequisite for phase II.
ITEMS TO BRING TO KENTUCKY CRIMINALISTICS ACADEMY
APPLY TO KENTUCKY CRIMINALISTICS ACADEMY
After receiving approval from their agency, a prospective participant must submit the appropriate application to KCA to the address or fax number below.
Special Topics Section
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475
Or fax to 859-622-8131.
Applications will be evaluated for approval by DOCJT staff involved with KCA instruction. Upon being accepted into the academy, the employing agency’s training coordinator must enroll the student through the Acadis system.