Bibb investigator gets special training at Tennessee's National Forensics Academy
KNOXVILLE, Ga. -- One Bibb County investigator recently experienced some very hands on training at a famous location.
The Body Farm at the University of Tennessee is mentioned in several movies -- but it's the host of the National Forensics Academy, where one Bibb County investigator got some in-depth training.
"I've never seen so many people rush towards dead bodies and not shy away from it," corporal Jimmy Culver says.
Culver is a Crime Scene Technician for the Bibb County Sheriff's Office. He investigates homicides, armed robberies and burglaries -- and this training covers it all.
"It deals with forensics, it deals with latent prints -- all aspects of crime scene investigation,' Culver says.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says Culver is the first law enforcement officer in Macon-Bibb to get the opportunity to go.
"It's the kind of training that just a very small percentage, just a fraction of forensic officers, ever go through," he said.
Sheriff Davis says district attorney David Cooke helped fund corporal Culver's education, because that experience in a courtroom is invaluable.
"When the time comes for prosecution and the court room testimony, we would have someone considered an expert in this field," Davis says.
Culver says he was able to bring back new techniques.
"This particular instructor developed a latent blood stain searching technique that was very impressive," he said.
Now it's time to put them to work.
"I'm extremely excited," Culver says. "I can't wait to get back with my peers and we just sit down and hash it out."
All remains at the body farm are donated. Culver says the training was long but worth it. He also won a leadership award while he was at training,