By Mike Martindale
The Detroit News
DETROIT — Michigan State Police announced plans Thursday for a statewide Forensic Evidence Academy, a facility officials hope will help standardize crime scene investigations among police departments and accelerate evidence testing in the agency's backlogged crime laboratories.
The academy's 40-hour course will eventually be offered to law enforcement officers in 600 police agencies across Michigan in 2013, said John M. Collins, executive director of the state police forensic science division.
State police crime labs process evidence — from drunken driving cases to murder investigations — used in Michigan state courts.
Mich. state police to offer training in forensics