Local Officers Sharpen Forensic Skills at Gwinnett Police Department

Twenty seven officers from various police departments trained in a week-long class that covered shooting reconstruction, gunshot residue and more.

This week, law enforcement officers trained at the Gwinnett County Police Department to strengthen their crime investigation skills through a shooting reconstruction course.

The course was part of the kickoff for the Forensic Training Source, a new non-profit organization based in Cumming that is dedicated to law enforcement training nationwide. The week-long class covered a number of scenarios including gunshot residue, identifying bullet marks, motor vehicles as a target surface and report writing.

FTS owner Nathan Lefebvre said author Patricia Cornwell has been a tremendous help to the first group of trainees; known for her Kay Scarpetta crime novels, Cornwell donated scholarships to all 27 participants in the class.

While the officers come from different law enforcement groups in Tennessee, Florda and Kentucky, there are also students from local departments, too, including Lawrenceville Police, Gwinnett County Police, Winder Police, Forsyth County Police, Milton County, Roswell Police and Johns Creek Police.

Watch the video above to see what the officers' training was like.

This initially appeared on Norcross Patch.

David Binder February 15, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Patricia Cornwell is an awesome writer. I've read most all of the Scarpetta novels. Her actual expertise in the field comes through in the details of her stories. Kathy Reichs is another good crime novel author. Her character Temperance Brennan was the basis of the TV show "Bones".
Justin Bieber February 15, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Oh that's just GREAT! We're giving cops guns now???!!


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