Alabama Secretary of State Tours Applied Forensics

Alabama Secretary of State Tours Applied Forensics


Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill visited the JSU Center for Applied Forensics on June 24 to learn about its many contributions to the community. 

Mark Hopwood, senior forensic scientist, delivered a presentation explaining what the center offers to students, Alabama and beyond. He strongly emphasized the cutting-edge technology and real world experience, which goes beyond the science-based classroom setting, that JSU’s forensic program offers students. Following the presentation, Merrill was given a tour of the center. 

“It was great to have the Secretary of State visit,” said Richards Davis, criminal justice department head. “We are proud of the work that Mark and his team do at the Center for Applied Forensics and always happy to demonstrate the good they are doing for the community.”

The Center for Applied Forensics provides rural Northeast Alabama with forensic expertise and assistance, particularly in the area of crime scene examinations.

The center also provides continuing education for law enforcement agencies while also planning for the future by educating Jacksonville State University students in relevant forensic techniques. 

For more information on the JSU Criminal Justice Department, please contact 256-782-5335.

Photo: John Merrill (second from left) addresses the Center after hearing Mark Hopwood's (right) presentation (JSU courtesy).