CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - More than one dozen students from across the country are at Camp Shelby, completing course work in the first National Latent Print Examiner Training Academy.
It is being held at the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute and it is a program involving Camp Shelby, the University of Southern Mississippi and Ron Smith and Associates of Collinsville, Miss.
The 20-week course, which began in October, teaches students how to gather, identify and classify latent fingerprints from crime scenes.
It includes students from Arizona, Texas, Florida, New York and other states.
"Normal training for fingerprint examiners is two years and they condensed this into five months, so it's intense, but it gets you in and out and on your way," said Liz Anderson, a student from Syracuse, New York.
"When they leave the academy, they'll be experts in that field and be able to testify in a court of law for various law enforcement agencies that they work for," said Capt. Todd Stewart, director of the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute.
The class will graduate in about three weeks.
Another academy will begin in late April.