Jacksonville Daily Progress
Using drug seizure funds for the purchase, Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham has donated a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe valued at $27,000 to the Troup Police Department - making it possible for the smallish force to have its own forensic crime scene unit.
“Our investigator will go to two week crime scene school in connection with receiving this vehicle,” said Troup Police Chief Pat Hendrix. “For me, this is like being a kid waking up Christmas morning.”
The vehicle, which the department learned about roughly a month ago, will be the first such unit the department has had.
This crime scene unit opens up a net set of doors — and allows the department for the first time to do their own investigations, a task that the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department previously was charged with doing.
The officer working the crime scene will receive new training in fingerprints and other forensics, pretty much everything needed to process a crime scene.
The Troup Police force has nine offices, including the chief.
“This is a real shot in the arm for us,” the chief said.