Waynesburg University’s Mock Crime Scene Workshop afforded high school students the opportunity to train with experts in the criminal justice and forensic science fields Saturday, Oct. 20.
“This Mock Crime Scene shows us what we’ll be getting into and puts us one step closer to the real thing,” Troy Frazier, a high school student from Washington, Pa., said. “I also came to the Waynesburg University Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp in June 2012 and met a lot of new friends and learned about this field.”
High school students in attendance hailed from Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Sessions included a crime scene simulation led by a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police (crime lab) and a laser shot simulation led by Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences and former Westmoreland County detective. Participants learned about crime scenes involving arson and explosives from Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, and they had an opportunity to see narcotics detection dogs during a session with the Waynesburg Borough Police Department.
Denine Lasch, a senior criminal justice major at Waynesburg University and a group leader for the Mock Crime Scene Workshop, helped to facilitate the day’s activities and ensure that visiting high school students enjoyed their experience.
“This day gives the students an opportunity to both experience what college is like and to also experience the field of criminal justice,” Lasch said. “It lets them see what they’ll be doing if they major in criminal justice.”
The event was hosted by the Waynesburg University Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, the Forensic Science Program and the Office of Admissions.
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