Crime Scene ProcessorsIn the patrol operations division there are police officers who are specially trained to gather and record physical evidence at a crime scene. This may involve photography, evidence collection and processing, developing latent fingerprints or reconstruction of a crime scene through diagrams and measurements.
A separate more specialized team is trained as Advanced Crime Scene Processors and respond to major crime scenes. These officers process hundreds of crime scenes throughout the year. Three Bowling Green Police Officers are graduates of the National Forensic Academy. The NFA is an intensive ten-week course that includes death investigation, bloodstain pattern analysis, forensic anthropology, DNA, post mortem fingerprinting, photography, crime scene management, computer sketching, and several other complicated aspects of processing. Perhaps the most well known portion of the training is the time spent at the university's "body farm". The Crime Scene Unit supports the department's patrol function and works closely with the Criminal Investigations Division.