CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - 15 students from across the country graduated from the first National Latent Print Examiner Training Academy at Camp Shelby Friday.
They went through five months of intensive course work teaching them how to gather, identify and classify fingerprints at crime scenes.
The Southern Regional Public Safety Institute hosted the academy.
"What we've done is taken a two-year training program and we've compressed it into 20 weeks, so it's pretty stressful, it's pretty intense," said Jon Byrd, academy director.
"We've learned so much about latent prints and it's really going to get to build my career and I'm very excited to get back and start it," said Kortnie M. Sinon, a student from New Orleans.
Another academy will begin in late April.