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09/26/2016

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ICE Nashville hosts first-ever forensic lab training with Tennessee law enforcement agencies

ICE Nashville hosts first-ever forensic lab training with Tennessee law enforcement agencies
ICE Nashville hosts first-ever forensic lab training with Tennessee law enforcement agencies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory conducted a first-of-its-kind fraudulent document detection training Sept. 20-21, for approximately 60 state-and-local law enforcement officers from across Tennessee.

HSI Nashville hosted the first-ever training for state and local agencies to include the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Metro Nashville Police Department, the Transportation Security Administration and others.

Senior Intelligence Officer Lani Yaksich from the forensic laboratory in Fairfax, Virginia, provided hands-on training to the officers. The training focused on identifying fraudulent Employment Authorization Cards, driver’s licenses and other common documents law enforcement encounters daily. Participating officers were provided with fake documents, magnifying lenses and ultraviolet light tools, and then trained on how to spot the discrepancies in various documents.

“By leveraging a national asset such as the HSI Forensic Lab, we are able to provide our state and local partners with unique training opportunities,” says HSI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Tennessee Robert Hammer. “Just last week we had an individual try to board an aircraft with a fraudulent employment authorization card; so the timing of this training couldn’t have been more appropriate.”

The Results of the training show a 100 percent applicability rating with every respondent checking that the training was “Very Applicable – I can start using this training today”.

The HSI Forensic Laboratory is the only U.S. crime laboratory specializing in the scientific authentication and research of travel and identity documents. The laboratory provides a broad range of forensic, intelligence and support services for ICE and other law enforcement agencies. These services range from processing fingerprints on evidence to comparing handwriting samples.

For more information about the HSI Forensic Laboratory visit https://www.ice.gov/hsi-fl.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 10/03/2016