SPD Detective Patterson completes Crime Scene Technician training

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SPD Detective Larry Patterson, center, completed Crime Scene Technician training with the Kentucky Criminalistics Academy. With Patterson are Department of Criminal Justice Training Director of Training Operations Oakie Greer and Director of Administration Kevin Rader.

The Somerset Police Department announced that Detective Larry Patterson recently completed the Crime Scene Technician portion of the Kentucky Criminalistics Academy, located at the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond, Ky.

The Kentucky Criminalistics Academy is an intensive 10-week course divided into two informative five-week sessions. Instructors consist of crime scene and forensic experts from all branches of law enforcement.

Detective Patterson has completed the first portion of the academy, a five-week course certifying him as a Crime Scene Technician. This portion of the academy covers Digital Photography, Advanced Latent Print Development, Forensic Mapping and many other aspects of investigating a crime scene.

Detective Patterson is a 17-year veteran of the Somerset Police Department and was accepted into the Criminalistics Academy after a thorough juried selection process based on his experience, knowledge and abilities.

"Thanks to Detective Patterson's advanced training, the Somerset Police Department and our entire community through our partnership with Pulaski County Major Crimes Task Force will be better prepared to handle high-profile and extensive criminal investigations," said SPD Chief William Hunt.