Best-Selling Author Patricia Cornwell Funds Forensic Training in Cambridge
$30,000 training will benefit detectives from Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, and Everett police
Through a generous donation from Patricia Cornwell, author of the best-selling Scarpetta crime novels, detectives from the Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, and Everett police departments received Crime Scene Management Training from the National Forensic Academy.
“I feel so incredibly privileged to give back to those in law enforcement who have done so much for me,” said Cornwell. “What a great way to have the best crime scene training made available to police who perhaps can't attend the ten week National Forensic Academy in Knoxville. In fact, most departments just can't spare their investigators for that long or afford the cost."
Seven training instructors from the National Forensic Academy in Knoxville, Tennessee traveled to Cambridge to provide the week-long training. Twenty-one Cambridge Police detectives along with two detectives from the Harvard, MIT, and Everett police departments attended the training, held at the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility in Cambridge.
Cambridge Police Commissioner Robert C. Haas thanked Cornwell and presented her with a crystal plaque as a symbol of the department’s appreciation during one of the training sessions.
“This is a great opportunity for our officers to gain valuable skills,” said Commissioner Robert C. Haas. “We’re grateful to Ms. Cornwell for making this training possible, and for the support she’s shown not only for our officers, but for law enforcement as a whole.”
Cornwell’s latest novel, The Bone Bed, is set in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Cambridge Police Department will be featured as Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s home police force in subsequent novels.
Cornwell presented Commissioner Haas with a signed copy of her latest book and will be giving copies to all of the officers upon their completion of the week-long training on Friday.
About the Author: Patricia Cornwell is the former Director of Applied Forensic Science at the National Forensic Academy; a member of the Advisory Board for the Forensic Sciences Training Program at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, NYC; and a member of the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she is an advocate for psychiatric research. She is the 2008 winner of the Galaxy British Book Awards’ Books Direct Crime Thriller of the Year award – the first American ever to win this honor. She is the author of nineteen previous Scarpetta novels, five non-Scarpettas, and Portrait of Killer. Her earlier works include Postmortem – the only novel to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure in a single year – and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain’s Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author. And in 2011 Cornwell was awarded the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, one of France’s most prestigious awards to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the domains of art or literature, and Spain’s RBA International Thriller Prize for Red Mist, which is awarded to the best unpublished work in the crime thriller genre. She has written over 20 #1 New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide in 36 languages.