Special to the Daily News
Bell County Coroner, Jay Steele, attended the National Forensic Academy and the University of Tennessee 2012 Best Practices Symposium in Nashville, Tenn. in December. Steele successfully completed the 16 hours of course work.
During this event, Forensic experts discussed crime scene and courtroom communications, Odor Mortic, Forensic animation, crime scene technology, digital multimedia evidence, crime scene management. The ASPCA veterinary forensic sciences investigation program included animal crime investigation, anthropology, entomology and other investigative techniques being developed at the University of Florida.
“The opportunity to improve the skills of death investigation by the Bell County Coroner’s Office is one of his goals,” said Steele. “This class is a step in that direction.” He added that he looks forward to attending more classes of this caliber and anticipates sending his deputies to these classes.
The National Forensic Academy is an intensive training program designed to meet the need of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection and preservation. The goal of the academy is to prepare the crime scene investigator to recognize key elements and to improve the process o evidence recovery and submission.
The U.T. Law Enforcement Innovation Center is an agency of the U.T. Institute for Public Service. Steele was awarded a certificate for having successfully completing the course in Nashville.