Students Spend a Week Solving a Real Crime Case at Gannon University
Posted: July 25, 2014
Criminal Investigator's Camp at Gannon University is a hands-on
way for students to experience the field of law enforcement. The
week-long camp will engage students in the world of criminal
investigation by following a real case that builds each day, and
which is eventually solved by the camp's end. Throughout the week,
law enforcement experts will teach students various investigation
techniques that they will later apply to solve the case.
For the first time, the annual camp will utilize Gannon's
Forensic Investigation Center, which is a historic family home
repurposed into a state-of-the-art facility that exposes students
to all aspects of crime scene investigation. Along with a
staging are a used to create simulated crime scenes, the Center
also includes a functioning forensics laboratory, interview and
interrogation room and a virtual reality firearms simulator.
"The GU Criminal Investigator's Summer Camp is a fantastic
opportunity for students to receive hands-on experience solving a
real-life criminal case under the guidance and instruction of
experienced current and former FBI, CIA and ATF federal
investigators," commented Jerry Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor,
Criminal Investigator's Camp is an overnight camp that will run
July 27 to Aug.1 for students age 15 to 18. Gannon University
provides campers with access to current and retired law enforcement
personnel in a modern learning environment. Students will
also learn from the lead investigators of FBI Major Case #203,
better known as the "Pizza Bomber Case."
Students will stay in a Gannon residence hall while they learn
surveillance techniques and CSI tactics, collect and analyze
evidence, use a firearms simulator and experience explosives
demonstrations. They finish the week with a "meet the
professionals" roundtable and graduation. Online registration is
currently available, but spaces are limited.
For more information, visit the Criminal Investigator's Camp page here.