Police officers came from near and far to learn the newest techniques and about the newest technology in fighting crime. This seminar, hosted by the Wesley House, brought law enforcement officers and social workers together and taught them how working side by side can help bring justice to those who need it.
Wesley House Executive Director Ginger Grissom says, "What we're trying to do is train and give tools to those who are doing the 'in the ranks' work. We've pulled in some unique ways of teaching and to gather information for investigative work."
Brandi Goodman, a Forensic Scientist with the Mississippi Crime Lab, talked about what exactly the lab does. While law enforcement and social workers deal with suspects and victims, the crime lab deals with physical evidence and then works with the other groups to help further the case.
"It's our job to sort through the evidence and get the scientific data associated with that, that may help assist with the case."
Grissom believes that one of the most important things is making sure clean evidence is gathered and that it's not tampered with. She says learning about that is one of the most important steps on the way to the Wesley House building a Family Justice Center.
"We're trying to learn what we need to do, and we have some ideas as to how we can fix that part, so that the law enforcement can have clean evidence and present it to the District Attorney and Grand Jury, and then it will go through, so then the perpetrators will not be out on the street."
Law enforcement officers and social workers were both able to earn Continuing Education Credits at the conference.