Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:50 PM by Press Release
The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is proud to announce an addition to the Criminal Investigations Division. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz has recently added a crime scene investigator. This position oversees complex crime scene investigations, including homicides, sexual assaults, armed robberies, home invasions, and property crimes such as burglaries. The crime scene investigator has authority to determine the extent and nature of the services needed at the crime scene. This includes what technical procedures to follow and what specialized equipment to use. This position also prepares detailed reports on the observations and activities at the scene and testifies in court regarding the findings and processing methods used at the scene.
Sheriff Guidroz said, "Detective Brad Kellan comes to the St. Landry Sheriff's Office with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Michigan State University, a Master's Degree of Science in Pharmacy (Forensic Science) University of Florida, and he is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Detective Kellan has received 720 hours training in crime scene processing with a minimum of 80 hours training in latent fingerprint processing, 40 hours in major death investigations, 40 hours in advanced death investigations, 40 hours in photography, 40 hours in blood spatter interpretation and other training courses in arson investigation and forensic pathology. In addition, he is certified by the International Association for Identification, Crime Scene Certification Board as a crime scene investigator. He also spent 12 active years with the United States Army while serving 3 tours in Iraq."
Lt. Megan Vizena added, "Detective Kellan is a huge asset to this department. His knowledge for law enforcement is very much respected here. We are pleased that he has chosen to join our team and make St. Landry Parish his home."
Detective Kellan will be starting online courses in the fall with the University of Florida for his Professional Science Master's Degree. His goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Forensic Pathology within the next 5 years.