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Students Learn By Experience In TBI Academy

Posted at 5:46 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 20:40:03-04

Crime shows may show the ins and outs of solving mysteries, but real-life crimes take a bit longer than an hour to solve.

It takes everyone from agents to forensic scientists to play a part, but the majority of those scientists fine tune those skills in college.

Jordan Farris has been interested in computers since fifth grade.

“I started in computers, through church, I did sound and computers with power point slide, with different songs,” said Farris.

However, now he's using those skills for more than just a Power Point. He's working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“People would rather rob a bank online than actually go to a store now, or to go to the actual bank,” said Harris. “There are several types of Cyber criminals, stuff like that, but the fact that technology is now emerging with law enforcement gives, I think, law enforcement an upper hand.”

Jason is a recent graduate of the TBI's Criminal Justice Academy.

“The Academy was designed to give students a better perspective of careers such as forensic scientists, or special agent criminal investigators,” said Assistant Director, Richard Moore.

The Academy is designed to give students a real and not fictionalized look at what it takes to work for the state's lead law enforcement agency.

“What better way to model or have an academy, where we can bring the students in, start giving them the exposure, the experience, what they really need to be investigators,” he said.

The TBI is hopeful that today's Academy graduates will become tomorrow's agents.

My goal is to be in technical services unit, as a special agent, dealing with different type of crime, identity theft, and child pornography.

The students get to correlate their classroom studies, with their Academy experiences. The Academy is open to college students 18 years old and over. If you'd like to know more about the TBI's Criminal Justice Academy, click here.