Six Trainees Complete First Trent-RCMP Forensics Course


New RCMP Forensics Training Program Underway at
Trent University

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, Peterborough

After an intensive two-week program, six trainees from the RCMP’s Biological Services Directorate have become the first group to complete a new training program for RCMP Forensic Scientists organized and delivered by Trent University.

The first training program in General Forensic Biology covered all aspects of forensic case management from crime scene investigation to presentation of DNA results in a courtroom. The course was developed by Trent University faculty and staff as part of a new partnership agreement with the RCMP to create and deliver a new training program for RCMP forensic scientists.

‘We are delighted to embark on this training partnership with the RCMP,” enthused Dr. Joanna Freeland, director of the Forensic Science Program at Trent University. “We have expertise in training students in forensic science, and the RCMP has expertise in applying forensic science to actual investigations. As a result, both parties can benefit enormously by working together.”

General Forensic Biology is the first in a series of four professional development training modules that members of the Department of Forensics are developing in partnership with the RCMP. RCMP trainees benefit from the experienced teachers and the state-of-the-art facilities available at Trent, including the DNA Building and the Crime Scene House. Trent University benefits by strengthening the links between the Forensic Science Program and the RCMP. 

“The RCMP’s Forensic Science and Identification Services is pleased to take part in a unique partnership with Trent University,” said Gary Verret, director of Biology Services with the RCMP. “This is an important link between the academic and forensic science communities and provides training opportunities for forensic scientists in the RCMP laboratory system”.

The new courses are designed to meet the increasing demand for academic and practical training in the use of DNA technology to aid criminal investigations.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. Joanna Freeland, Chair, Forensic Science Program, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x7180 or