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Beyond Books & Lecture: Students and Law Enforcement Get Hands-On Experience in the Marshall University Crime Scene House

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Technology Volume: 37 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2010 Pages: 46,48,50
Tabatha Wethal
Date Published
March 2010
4 pages
This article profiles Marshall University Forensic Science Center's (MUFSC's) mock crime scene facility used in the forensic science education program.
In MU's crime scene house in Huntington, WV, students are able to apply the methods they study in class and textbooks to mock investigations. The hands-on process can help students learn from mistakes and makes for a savvier examiner. The program graduates 20 students per year across 4 areas of emphasis: crime scene investigation, forensic chemistry, forensic DNA technologies, and computer forensics. MUFSC is also host to free forensic-based FBI training courses, high school students, and is utilized by the Huntington Police Department. The FBI Laboratory Specialized Training Program sponsors several crime scene, handwriting examination, and tire and foot impression courses between 1 to 2 weeks in length. FBI courses are open only to law enforcement, government agencies, and public crime laboratory personnel. Also discussed is the University of Central Oklahoma education and training environment for forensic science.