Officer Michael Bacon of the Morristown Police Department graduated from the National Forensic Academy on November 15, 2013. Officer Bacon is the fifth National Forensic Academy graduate from the current staff of the Morristown Police Department. The National Forensics Academy was established in 2001.
The program is an intensive 10 week program, held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Officers selected to attend the academy receive classroom and hands-on training. Officers learn about crime scene management methods, crime scene photography, and techniques for collecting impression evidence. Officers use their crime scene management skills to work mock crime scenes; they observe how houses and cars burn and methods of evidence collection and preservation at a fire scene. They also do scenarios including explosives and analyze bloodstained evidence. Officers will also visit the Body Farm; here, they participate in bone scatter and body recovery scenarios.
In order for Officer Bacon to attend the academy, the department obtained a scholarship for 50 percent of the tuition. Officer Bacon has served with the Morristown Police Department for 12 years. In addition to his daily patrol duties Officer Bacon is a member of the Crime Scene Team, C.H.A.S.E. Team, and Crisis Negotiations Team.
Chief Overholt stated “we are pleased to have individuals, such as Officer Bacon, who are willing to put forth the efforts required to complete this type of training. Through the advanced training, of our officers, we strengthen our ability to provide the best public safety possible to the citizens of this community.”
The current Morristown Police Department members who are National Forensics Academy graduates are: Sergeant Todd King, Detective Darrin Burchfield, Detective Travis Stansell, Detective Ricky Sanders, and Officer Michael Bacon.