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Saturday, November 19, 2016
Congratulations to Detective Hutchings and The Decatur Police Department
Decatur detective gains national accreditation Updated Nov 17, 2016, Decatur Daily
Detective Timothy Hutchings made Decatur Police Department history Tuesday, becoming the department's first nationally-accredited crime scene investigator after graduating from the National Forensic Academy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, according to a release from department spokesman Lt. Proncey Robertson.
Hutchings currently serves as a crime scene investigator for the department's Criminal Investigation Division, Robertson said.
The National Forensic Academy is a 10-week training program designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection and preservation, Robertson said.
According to its website, the NFA is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and utilizes a curriculum developed by leading forensic practitioners across the country. Participants of the academy are tested in subject matter that includes blood-stain pattern analysis, crime scene management, DNA, forensic fire investigation, autopsy work and bone trauma.
The academy is made up of 400 hours of training sessions, with 170 hours coming in a class setting and the other 230 hours coming in the form of field work.