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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Eighteen-year St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office veteran Donna Carmichael has earned the prestigious designation of Certified Latent Print Examiner, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"The public has good reason to be proud of Ms. Carmichael," said Sheriff Mascara. "She is one of less than one thousand people worldwide who is a Certified Latent Print Examiner. This certification ensures that she meets the highest level of professional standards. It also enhances the credibility of her testimony in court to convict criminals."
The International Association for Identification, a professional association established in 1915, has conferred the Certified Latent Print Examiner designation on Ms. Carmichael.
In addition to more than 300 hours of formal training and eight years of full-time experience, Ms. Carmichael was required to pass a rigorous eight-hour written examination and a thorough review of a detailed written presentation of a criminal case by experts in the field of latent print identification.
After earning her certification, she becomes one of four Treasure Coast Certified Latent Print Examiners.
She and Detective Richard Young also have attained certification as Crime Scene Analysts through the International Association for Identification.
Ms. Carmichael joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in 1994 after seven years with the Fort Pierce Police Department. She has been a member of the Sheriff's Office's Crime Scene Unit since November 2004.