7/20/07 Free Law Enforcement Training
We are pleased to announce that we have begun to provide law enforcement (LE) training by professional instructors, available in the form of audio files. These audio files can be accessed 24 hours a day on our website at http://www.projectjason.org/training.html There is no charge to utilize this training.
We began our ongoing series with a 4-part program about DNA and CODIS as it pertains to solving missing persons cases. As you know, it is critical that LE make use of the available technologies and systems in place. Obtaining DNA samples from the family members of missing persons (or DNA from the missing persons themselves) in an attempt to match them to DNA from unidentified remains is one method of finding the answers about our missing loves ones, resolving cold cases, and solving crimes.
Our presenters for the DNA training are Dr. Arthur Eisenberg and George Adams from the Center for Human Identification (CHI) at North Texas University. Dr. Eisenberg pioneered much of today's DNA testing protocol and is one of the world's leading DNA scientists. "First and foremost, there never should be a human remain, a skeletal remain of anyone's loved one that would be buried or cremated without the retention of a DNA sample for analysis. If those samples are in CODIS, there's always a chance." Dr. Eisenberg stated.
George Adams is the LE liaison for the CHI, has many years of law enforcement experience and regularly conducts training for the CHI. "Once you enter a sample into CODIS, you're not working within your jurisdiction, you're working within the jurisdictions of everyone entering samples into CODIS", said George Adams. "You are bringing in so much power into your investigation. It is explosive. If we can get everyone to do this, these samples will be matched, they will be made, and the sooner we match them the sooner the law enforcement can identify who the perpetrator is, and take him off the streets."
More detailed biographies along with the audio training files can be found on the Law Enforcement Training page at http://www.projectjason.org/training.html
Each audio segment is approximately 30 minutes long.
Topics covered in the DNA training modules:
History and types of DNA
Best practices for obtaining DNA samples
CODIS and State Databases
Importance of Chain of Custody
The nationwide crisis and the need for these processes to become standard procedure
While this information will be helpful for the families of the missing and organizations which serve them, the main goal is to disseminate this information to LE. You may feel free to forward this notice to all interested persons.
For families of the missing and organizations which serve them, all 4 parts will be of interest, but there are several messages of hope and encouragement in the last section. Working together, we can accomplish so much. There is always hope!
If you have a missing loved one, and do not have either their DNA in CODIS or yours, Part II discusses steps for you, and then your LE, to take.
Quick technical tips for playing audio files:
Double-clicking on the audio file on the site will download it to your PC. It may begin to play nearly immediatetely, or may take several minutes to download, depending upon which audio players you have on your PC and how you have them set up.
You can also download the files to a MP-3 player or an IPOD.
Note: Persons using dial-up internet may encounter difficulties in playing the files.
Direct links to the audio files:
Part I: http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DNATrainingbyCHIPart1.mp3
Part II: http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DNATrainingbyCHIPart2.mp3
Part III: http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DNATrainingbyCHIPart3.mp3
Part IV: http://www.projectjason.org/audio/DNATrainingbyCHIPart4.mp3
We will add more LE training on a regular basis covering a variety of topics.
Please forward this notice to interested persons, including law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, and other families of missing persons.
Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
President and Founder, Project Jason
Free Online Counseling for Families of the Missing http://www.projectjason.org/benefits.html#healingHarbor