Criminal Justice CSI Facility
The Wayne State College Criminal Justice Program is proud to announce the construction of a Crime Scene Investigations Facility. This $350,000 facility will provide a practical training site to augment classroom instruction. Future criminal justice professionals can learn how to enter a structure that may have a crime occurring (hostage situations, active shooters, raid entry procedures, building searches, etc.), and it will provide a site for students to conduct a crime scene investigation by collecting, documenting, and processing criminal evidence (evidence documentation, bloodstain spatter analysis, fingerprint acquisition, firearm trajectories, shoeprint casing, etc.).
These types of activities cannot occur in a traditional classroom due to the space requirements and, more importantly, the inability to provide credible simulations. In addition to the educational experiences related to criminal investigations, the lab will allow students to gain courtroom experience associated with cases they investigate. Learning experiences include testifying in court, introducing evidence effectively, interviewing witnesses, and, for students interested in pre-law, conducting a mock trial. Local judges and attorneys have agreed to assist students with these experiential learning activities. Further, Criminal Justice Club members will be able to participate in regional and national crime scene investigation competitions in association with Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a Criminal Justice Association.
The interior of the facility will provide an academic learning space to accommodate students and ample space to set up various similated crime scenes. This house will include all standard features present in a typical house. The exterior will feature dedicated outdoor space for future uses such as footwear and tire imprint analysis, entomological projects, and burial of carcasses to study decay. The exterior finishing will depict a quality and professional facility with aesthetically appealing landscaping and signage that would showcase this facility to prospective students, parents, and community members.
The Wayne State Foundation is currently in the process of raising funds to help with this project. Donations of all sizes are welcome and appreciated.
Want to see how the project is progressing? Check out the CJ Lab Web Cam!