WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – High school students got to be forensic scientists for the day at the University of New Haven‘s Crime Scene Investigation Camp.
This is not your typical summer camp. High school students from across the country spent the week learning about forensic science, then applying what they learned on Friday.
“They are very eager to come out and participate because it ties everything together that we’ve done over the last 30 hours or so in the classroom,” said Peter Massey, program coordinator and lecturer for UNH’s forensic science undergraduate program.
Friday was the most exciting day of their week. Students processed two crime scenes at UNH’s Crime Scene House. There were bodies, blood spatter and drugs – all fake. The idea was to make everything look as real as possible. It was very real for the kids.
“I was so excited. I am excited. I’m happy that I
Unlike the popular “CSI” television shows or Hollywood movies, it doesn’t actually take two hours or less to solve a crime, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.
This week, 16 youngsters from 12 to 17 years old are learning the ins and outs of police work at the department’s Teen Police Academy program, which is designed to give insight into the life of a law enforcement officer.
The training, which Officer Sam Gwo likened to a “fun, educational summer camp for kids,” had been around for years, took a hiatus and returned in 2016.
“We think it’s important in this day and age for kids to learn the details of police work because our past and present chiefs believe community policing should be a huge part of Santa Maria,” Gwo said.
“So what better way to interact with the community than a program like this?”
On Thursday, the kids learned about the painstaking steps behind
Coachella Valley youngsters aspiring to go into law enforcement are invited to attend the District Attorney’s Law and Leadership Summer Youth Academy, which starts Monday.
The week-long program, designed for 8th and 9th graders, will offer “hands-on training and experience in various forensic skills such as fingerprinting and crime scene investigation,” according to a D.A.’s office statement.
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Participants will also engage in activities geared toward building leadership skills.
The academy is free and
Bowling Green Police Department Captain Josh Hughes (left), Officer Ryan Dillon (right), and Abraham Nakhal, 11, practice a traffic stop Wednesday, July 12, 2017, during BGPD’s Junior Police Academy at Safety City at Greenwood High School. (Bac Totrongemail@example.com)
In a second-floor classroom of Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University, a few inquisitive minds are considering a life of crime fighting.
During a summer youth camp offered through NSU Continuing Education, the kids are dipping their toes into a multi-faceted pool of careers that includes police departments, sheriffs’ offices, forensics, district attorneys’ offices, corrections, probations and parole, ethics activity and victims advocacy.
All are topics to be discussed with experts during the Criminal Justice Camp, running through Thursday.
“Last year, we did a week-long mock crime,” said Haley Stocks, camp director. “This year, we’ve broken it down so that each day they have a crime to solve. Instead of one big story, they now get exposure to multiple miniature scenarios.”
The Criminal Justice Camp has six campers this year. They are high school students, and some are traveling a distance this week to attend.
“This has been a lot of fun, and my favorite
Jada Stutts of James Monroe High school peers into a microscope as Joshua Downing, background, of Radford,takes notes. The students were studying how to differentiate between human and dog hair samples as part of “Experience CSI: Dublin.”
The public library will host a lecture on owls of the world on Saturday at 2 p.m. Naturalist Marcia Wilson and photographer Mark Wilson, as well as six live owls, will be in the library to teach all about owls, their habitats and how to attract these beautiful birds to your backyard. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at www.haverhillpl.org or call 978-373-1586.
Drop in henna tattoos for adults offered
Henna artist Mandy Roberge will be giving free temporary henna tattoos at the public library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. This is for adult patrons 18 and up. No registration is necessary.
Talk planned about downsizing life
The Council on Aging at 10 Welcome St. will host a presentation on Wednesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. titled “Downsizing: The Agony and the Ecstasy.” Downsizing to a smaller home requires much planning, deliberation and considerable effort. This free 90-minute seminar
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Abigail Seibert carefully dusted charcoal over a white sheet of paper in her science lab Thursday.
As the minutes went by, faint lines started to appear.
With each stroke the image got clearer and clearer — her fingerprints.
“I’ve never had a class like this,” said Seibert, a senior at Apollo-Ridge High School. “It’s a different kind of science we’re not used to.”
Seibert is studying forensics as part of her natural sciences course this spring. This is the first time the school has had a forensics component.
The students investigated a mock crime scene, identified fingerprints and clothing fibers and took mug shots. They also will take a look at gunshot residue, shoe prints and blood spatter before the end of the year.