PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Several law enforcement officers from several states are meeting in Phenix City for a seminar on homicide investigations.
The fifth annual Practical Homicide Investigation Class kicked off Monday afternoon at the Courtyard Marriott in Phenix City.
The Russell County Sheriff Office hosted 92 students from 10 states around the country.
Participants will learn techniques on breaking down crime scenes using forensic science, analyzing gunshot wounds and preserving evidence in crime scenes.
Retired Lieutenant Vernon Geberth of NYPD, one of the most well-respected homicide investigators in the U.S., is leading the class.
Geberth talked to us about that he expects from those attending the class.
"The importance of their job and how they're the lynch pin in any effective future prosecution and it depends on them," Geberth said. "They're the lynch pin to justice. If they don't do their jobs, justice is not done. If they do the job, justice is done. This is about following the evidence and information and seeking the truth."
The class will end this Wednesday, Nov. 19.