FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Katrina M. Murdock of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has been selected as the 2012-13 president of the Georgia Division of the International Association for Identification.
Murdock was inducted as president at the annual educational conference held in Helen, Ga. Oct. 8-11.
She was one of four officers inducted. In addition to the president, there is a first and second vice president and secretary-treasurer.
The Georgia Division of the International Association of Identification is composed of approximately 150 active members. It is a professional organization dedicated to promoting training and research as it is applied to criminal investigations. Members include local law enforcement agencies, the GBI state crime lab, the ATF crime lab and the U.S. Army crime lab.
Murdock has served on the association’s board of directors for the past six years prior to being elected president. She is currently the crime scene supervisor for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. She has been employed by the sheriff’s office since March 1998.
She was the agency’s first crime scene employee when the unit was created in 1998. The unit has grown to three full-time employees with a recently built dedicated crime scene facility. She is a graduate of Jacksonville State University with a bachelor’s degree in forensic science.
“I am excited about the honor to lead this distinguished association,” said Murdock. “We will continue offering each other professional support and training.”
Murdock said the association offers many one-day training sessions for the members as well as the weeklong conference held annually.
“Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training governs the crime scene standards, and we work with them in making sure agencies in the state are meeting these standards,” Murdock said.
Some of the training received at the recent conference included a session on synthetic marijuana, a refresher course on blood pattern, a photography session for crime scene photographers and a session on palm prints.