DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board has launched an online program aimed at training police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other peace officers throughout the state on the best practices for the collection and retention of DNA and other biological evidence.
The training program, mandated by 2008’s House Bill 1397, will be accessible to certified peace officers online and will cover proper techniques on the collection and retention of DNA and other biological evidence.
“DNA is one of the best tools police and prosecutors have to keep the innocent out of prison and the guilty behind bars,” Suthers said. “Colorado has made tremendous steps this year to expand when DNA evidence is collected and tested from criminal suspects. This training program simply builds on the progress we have already made by helping ensure that DNA evidence collected at crime scenes is properly and uniformly gathered and maintained throughout the state.”
All certified peace officers in Colorado are required to take the online course, which will be sponsored by P.O.S.T. through June 30, 2011. Those enrolled at Colorado’s 27 law enforcement training academies on or after March 1, 2009, will complete the course as part of their basic peace officer training program. The Internet training program mirrors the state’s online anti-bias training, which also is required for all certified peace officers.