Rhode Island police officers complete
forensic course at URI
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 31, 2000 -- Thirty-four Rhode Island police officers
became the 28th class to complete a 24-week course on Criminal Investigation
- Scientific Evidence, that is given by the Rhode Island State Crime Lab,
which is affiliated with the University of Rhode Island's College of Pharmacy,
through the College of Continuing Education.
The police officers were trained in crime scene photography, fingerprinting,
and the collection and preservation of evidence such as fingerprints, firearms,
blood and seminal stains and glass. They completed the class on April 14.
"They learned a great deal about photography and fingerprints and
how the crime lab examines the evidence for connections between a suspect
and the crime scene or the suspect and the victim," says Dennis Hilliard,
director of the State Crime Laboratory, who coordinates the course. "Evidence
is always exchanged between the suspect, the victim and the crime scene;
their job is to locate and preserve it."
Officers take this course to become familiar with the techniques involved
in crime scene investigations and to advance within their profession. The
eight undergraduate credits earned could entitle them to an increase in
their salary, through the attainment of a bachelor's degree, or a promotion
within their department. It also provides them with credibility when testifying
Since the Crime School's founding in 1953 by Dr. Harold Harrison, 878
police officers have been awarded certificates. Many of the graduates now
hold command positions in their departments. Experienced active and retired
police officers and the staff of the Crime Laboratory teach the course.
The class held a graduation/dinner ceremony at Evelyn's Villa in West
Warwick. The Class presented the State Crime Laboratory with a donation
to purchase needed equipment for the Laboratory and the next class.
For Further Information: Dennis C. Hilliard 401-874-2893,
Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116