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Instructor Focus: Derek Schmidt

Posted By CSI Academy of Florida || 6-Feb-2015

I’ve been on staff at CSI Academy of Florida since inception in late 2011 when I received a call from Danny Pascucci about starting a forensic training school in Alachua. I, like many of the staff, have been to a multitude of forensics courses and conferences and was excited at Danny’s vision for a truly “hands on” forensic training facility.

I am equally excited on the progress we have made and the direction we are going at the academy today. As an instructor at the academy, I offer a background in crime scene & evidence processing as well as specialized work in fingerprint analysis and comparison. I have been in law enforcement for 20 years with 15 years in forensics.

I am a Certified Latent Print Examiner with the International Association for Identification and have provided expert witness testimony in over 30 felony cases, two of which were federal. I love teaching the science of fingerprint comparison every chance I get, whether it is at the local middle schools or at the University of Florida College of Law.

In my off time I enjoy playing golf and coaching football (kickers). I attended Florida State University where I studied Criminology and played football for Bobby Bowden. In 1997 I was inducted in to the FSU football Hall of Fame. I have a wife of 26 years, Sonya, and two children, Garrett and Meghan, both of whom attend college in Gainesville.

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