The six session course is being funded by the Sharp County Sheriff's Department. Upon completion, Adams will be able to better assist the department in advanced evidence collection techniques.
The six courses cover components of crime scene investigation. Those who participate must complete all six portions, and pass tests on each component, before receiving their certifications. Upon completion, Adams will meet the minimum requirements to apply as a crime scene specialist through the International Association of Identification.
In order for the deputy to participate in the program he is required to take time off from work, demonstrating the department's goal of improving its crime investigation abilities.
The classes include crime scene photography, latent print processing, biological and trace evidence, impression evidence, crime scene sketching, note taking and report writing and crime scene investigation.
Adams was excited at some of the possibilities in the latent print processing portion of the class, demonstrating how prints can be taken off small items such as a b-b, straw, leaf and coin, among other porous surfaced items.
Adams' final class is set for June 7, with a graduation service on June 20.