Detective Daniel Marshall of the Cambridge Police Department was one of 24 law enforcement professionals to graduate from Session 27 of The University of Tennessee National Forensic Academy™ (NFA™). Graduation was held November 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 471 law enforcement professionals from 47 states, the District of Columbia and Iceland.
The NFA receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
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 28 of the NFA will begin in January 2011.