Goal: The purposes of the Association are:
To enhance the science and art of crime scene processing and evidence handling,
To encourage the exchange of ideas and information concerning crime scene processing techniques among Academy graduates and other crime scene search officers,
To strive for the development of improved technical practices,
To promote the goals of the Criminal Justice System, and the ideals embraced by the Virginia Forensic Science Academy's crime scene search course,
And to encourage high professional standards of conduct by all crime scene processors.
The activities of the Association include, but are not limited to the following:
The Association provides support for the Forensic Laboratory in the Forensic Science Academy in many ways — assisting in the coordination of training events — teaching in Academy sponsored training programs — teaching in other training programs concerning forensic science thus spreading knowledge and understanding concerning the capabilities of the Forensic Laboratory.
Members of the Alumni Association have worked with forensic laboratory training personnel in the development of evidence handling techniques, and other special projects. For example — an Evidence Handling Manual was developed as a joint effect.
The Association developed the Donald C. Benson Memorial Scholarship Fund; this is a separate organization, which provides funds to deserving individuals pursuing a higher education and are Academy Alumni or dependents of an Academy graduate.
Funds provided by the Association have been used to improve the Forensic Academy library and recent sessions of the Academy have provided legacy funds for the support of the Academy.
The Association has supported several legislative issues and other forensic laboratory initiatives such as; supported the DNA Data Bank and supported the regional concept for the Forensic Training Program.it me.