SCSO PRESENTS AT THE HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE POLICE CITIZEN'S ACADEMY
The Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) made a 2-hour presentation last night at the Hot Springs Village Police Citizen's Academy. The topic was Crime Scene Investigations. Because this topic was of such interest to the citizens, HSVPD Chief Ricky Middleton opened the class up to all alumni from previous Citizen's Academy classes. Over 50 citizens from the Village attended.
SCSO Chief Deputy Jay Fitzpatrick and Lieutenant Jeffrey Silk opened the class with brief comments about the strong relationship that has formed between the SCSO and the HSVPD.
SCSO Lieutenant JP Massiet led the presentation. Lt. Massiet not only has nearly 20 years of experience investigating major crimes while assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in Pulaski County, but his experience also dates back an additional decade when he was a criminal investigator at a law enforcement agency in southern California. He became part of Sheriff Rodney Wright's Command Staff in March 2015, and is currently the Jail Administrator at the Saline County Detention Center.
In addition to Lt. Massiet's expertise, Saline County Coroner Kevin Cleghorn complimented the presentation with his death investigation experience.
In the first hour, Lt. Massiet outlined the importance of interviewing witnesses, sketching the crime scene, making observations, photographing the scene, re-sketching the scene to scale and collecting evidence. Two real-life murder scenes were presented to the class and the citizens responded with several questions. The investigation of a fatality motor vehicle accident was then presented, at which time the citizens again actively participated by asking many questions.
During the second hour, citizens entered a room where a crime scene had been re-created. The citizens were asked to make observations while Lt. Massiet explained how he would approach the scene. Coroner Cleghorn discussed the role of the Coroner's Office at a murder scene and how the victim's body is a key piece of evidence.
Many thanks to Chief Middleton for inviting the SCSO and Coroner Cleghorn to the Village to make this presentationLieutenant JP Massiet led the presentation.