Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A first for Mt. Juliet, a detective graduated today from the University of Tennessee’s National Forensic Academy (NFA). Corporal Detective Lance Schneider successfully completed the intensive 10-week, in-residence training program, which is designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection, and preservation. Detective Schneider, along with other law enforcement professionals from across the United States, graduated from NFA Session 39 in a ceremony held today at UT Knoxville.
“I’m proud of Det. Schneider on his accomplishment. The training program was intensive, and he remained focused on his education throughout the whole process,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “His completion of the program is a new milestone for the Mt. Juliet Police Department, which will allow us to enhance our investigations to better serve our community’s interests.”
Around 60 percent of Det. Schneider’s 400 hours of training was hands-on, field exercises where he studied actual human remains and analyzed bloodstain patterns at mock crime scenes. In mock crime scenes, he used new, innovated forensic knowledge and tools to gather, analyze, document, and process evidence. To complete the justice process, he received additional training in presentation and courtroom testimony, so he can accurately and effectively explain the documented evidence.
Det. Schneider also learned from the prestigious, Bill Bass, who is the founder of UT’s Anthropological Research Facility or “Body Farm.” Det. Schneider spent a week at the Body Farm where he learned to document post-mortem changes to human remains and studied skeletal biology.
The NFA is a program of UT’s Law Enforcement Innovation Center, an agency of UT’s Institute for Public Service. It is funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.