No. Entry level employees for the Property Crime Technician position are not required to have any prior experience in the forensic disciplines. All training is conducted in-house during a 400 hour training program. The training program consists of: a five week classroom and laboratory requirement, four weeks of supervised field instruction (with an assigned field trainer), and concludes with a one week testing phase, which requires the completion of: a mock crime scene, laboratory processing of evidence, sketch, report writing, and moot court testimony. Only after successful completion of the training program, would a new employee be authorized for independent casework and formally assigned to a shift.