I began my career as a Franklin County Probation/Parole officer. As a Probation/Parole Officer I worked with and monitored offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes. While performing my duties of pretrial services I conducted pretrial investigations to help determine whether suspects should be released before their trial.
Prior to testifying in court I would investigate the backgrounds of the accused, write presentence reports, and recommend sentences. I have attended revocation hearings and correctional treatment specialist that provided psychological tests.
With the assistance of the Department of Justice, Federal grant, I addressed the training challenges within the criminal justice system: namely the capacity of local law enforcement agencies in latent evidence. The goal of the project was to create a training program for local and regional law enforcement capacity to prevent crime and to solve crimes through training in latent evidence procedures. We created (4) latent evidence courses for the program of study.
Targeted improvement of the criminal justice system will be achieved through the increased numbers of law enforcement officers trained in latent evidence providing victims of crime with improved law enforcement capacity to process crime scenes and with improved deterrent for future crimes.
I have developed training curricula and established training labs to address the eminent need for training in latent evidence in Wake County and the surrounding counties. The lab environment provides law enforcement with a venue to gain proactive and reactive skills, as well as test and develop response strategies. Our training program at Wake Technical Community College is the first of its kind at a community college in the region.
I have worked with the Wake County, City County Bureau of Identification (CCBI) and numerous police departments in North Carolina as a crime scene technician. I collected evidence that police officers used to investigate crimes. The evidence included fingerprints, bodily fluids, weapons, fibers and other physical materials that helped investigators identify suspects. I also used chemicals, black lights, tweezers and evidence collection kits to identify and collect physical materials from the crime scenes, and then preserved and recorded the evidence before transporting it to the crime laboratory for analysis.
I assisted with photographing the area to document the appearance of the location, as well as took notes about where evidence was located as I collected it. The notes helped me prepare reports of my findings.
I observed Forensic technicians in crime labs analyze collected evidence, often specializing in a type of evidence such as ballistics or bodily fluid analysis. They used chemicals and specialized equipment to identify evidence and determine how a crime occurred. Their laboratory work helped investigators identify suspects through fingerprint and DNA analysis.
I attended the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, North Carolina, and entered their CICP (Criminal Investigation Certificate Program. Below are certificates that I currently hold:
Fundamentals of Investigation
Child Death Investigation
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Basic Narcotics Investigator
Basic Juvenile Offender Training
Court Testimony for LEO
Response to Domestic Violence
Crime Scene Technology & Evidence Collection
Americans for Effective LEO-Certifications
Police Civil Liability
University of North Carolina of Continuing Medical Examination-Certification
Medico legal/Death Investigation