SBPD holds forensics field training

It's one of the least appreciated jobs because of its secrecy, but Monday, we got a rare look at how forensic investigators train.

The South Bend police department held its forensic entemology field training today.

The course teaches students to examine corpses by examining insects.

During the field study, students determined the time of death for several deceased hogs at a farm in Saint Joe County.

While it is work that may make most of us cringe, it's important for officers to study in the field before arriving on a crime scene.

"It's important to train on what you're going to do,” said Paul Daley, Crime Scene Technician Program Manager for the South Bend Police Department. “You don't want to try to do an entymological collection when you've never done it before. Right now, after today's training, all of them are going to be comfortable and familiar with the process of coming out to a death scene, seeing some of the insect activity and being able to document and collect some of that insect activity."

The pigs used for training were donated and killed humanely.

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