Originally Published: August 21, 2018 6:35 p.m.
The Prescott Valley Police Department has trained its first civilian phlebotomist, Misty Edwards. Edwards previously worked as a civilian evidence technician for more than two years.
Law enforcement phlebotomists are usually sworn police officers with specialized training to draw blood for investigative purposes, including DUI investigations, DNA testing, communicable disease testing and other purposes. However, more and more departments are training civilians for this job.
Edwards finished the rigorous program in April at the Forensic Phlebotomy Program at Phoenix College, and completed her clinical externship at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Phoenix to receive her certification.
Her day-to-day work in forensic science includes keeping the chain of custody of evidence, processing crime scenes, processing fingerprints, and collecting DNA.
“Being cross-trained to draw blood is an additional way to help the detectives, officers and outside agencies on a daily basis when called upon,” she said.
Edwards is an Arizona native, growing up in Phoenix. She loves the outdoors, spending time with her family and helping others in the community.