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ADECA

August 9, 2017
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Gov. Ivey awards grant for specialized forensics training
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MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $54,809 grant to Jacksonville State University for a training program to help law enforcement personnel to conduct death investigations more effectively.

The grant will support the university’s Center for Applied Forensics in conducting training and providing the tools necessary for local law enforcement officers to properly assess, examine and document death scenes. Special emphasis will be placed on providing this training to rural law enforcement agencies.

“Any death investigation should be handled with the utmost care and attention to detail, and this training program will help our law enforcement officers enhance their skills to carry out this important duty even more effectively,” Ivey said. “I commend JSU’s Center for Applied Forensics for the work they do to provide the knowledge and tools for our law enforcement officers to better protect and serve their communities, especially in rural Alabama where smaller police departments often have very limited resources for forensics training.”

The center provides multiple training opportunities for law enforcement agencies across the state to learn the many facets of crime scene investigations and provides forensic tools to help them conduct investigations more effectively.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice. ADECA manages a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation development.

“Gov. Ivey is a strong supporter of our state’s law enforcement officers and is dedicated to providing them with the tools and resources they need to protect and serve our communities,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “The training supported by this grant will help officers from across Alabama learn new skills that they can take back to their communities.”

Ivey notified JSU President John Beehler that the grant had been approved.

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Contact: Josh Carples; Mike Presley

For more information, visit:  http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/