December 1, 2021

Law enforcement officers complete forensic training

Law enforcement officers complete forensic training

By Ashleigh Plemper
Farmer Staff Writer

After completing 10 weeks of specialized training in Tennessee, two Watford City Police Department detectives, Jonathan Davis and Brandy Davis and McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office Detective Edward Martinez graduated from the National Forensic Academy (NFA) on Nov. 19.
“It is a huge accomplishment for these investigators and our department,” says Jesse Wellen, Watford City Police chief.
By attending the academy, law enforcement personnel undergo a series of intensive training workshops led by top forensic practitioners in the field. As in-resident students, they’re immersed in the world of crime scene investigation to gain a deeper grasp of details that can become overlooked and potentially lead to cracking a case.
“A few things that they (NFA) cover are advanced shooting and incident reconstruction, crime scene operation, photography, bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic dentistry, DNA, blood spatter, all kinds of different things,” Wellen says. “It’s over 400 hours of different training.”

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