CSI: Camp gave students valuable primer behind the scenes

Published on Sunday, June 10, 2012

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Greer Police Chief Reynolds presents Dakota Fitzgerald a certificate for completing the weeklong inaugural CSI: Day Camp presented by the Greer Police Department. Angie Childers, Vice President of the Greer Police Alumni, was the camp's instructor.

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Greer Police Chief Reynolds presents Dakota Fitzgerald a certificate for completing the weeklong inaugural CSI: Day Camp presented by the Greer Police Department. Angie Childers, Vice President of the Greer Police Alumni, was the camp's instructor.



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Angie Childers, the camp's instructor and moderator, has a busy life with three children to moderate, too.

Angie Childers, the camp's instructor and moderator, has a busy life with three children to moderate, too.



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A body at a crime scene is being processed by students of CSI: Day Camp. Students learned how to process and collect crime scene items and data.

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A body at a crime scene is being processed by students of CSI: Day Camp. Students learned how to process and collect crime scene items and data.



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A flashlight is used to locate fingerprints and other crime scene clues.

A flashlight is used to locate fingerprints and other crime scene clues.



The Greer Police Department, hosts of the weeklong CSI: Day Camp, saved the best for last on Friday.

James McDonald, criminal justice adjunct instructor, has taught forensics for seven years at Greenville Technical College. He emphasized the importance of properly collecting evidence and analyzing it in the forensic lab.

McDonald introduced us to spectrophotometers that are used to measure a variety of drugs or materials contained in a substance by the intensity of the light in different parts of the spectrum. He emphasized their credibility saying 100 people, over a 24-hour period, were arrested in a Greer Police Department sting. They were all later released.

McDonald also covered:

• GSR – Gun Shot Residue can easily place a suspect at a crime scene and can be analyzed to determine the distance at which the gun was shot.

• Handwriting – Handwriting can be analyzed and compared to incriminate a suspect.

• Toxicology –The use of spectrophotometers to detect toxins and develop toxicology reports.

CSI Day Camp covered the crime scene to developing latent prints. I have a better understanding of law enforcement and have developed more respect for those working to serve our community

I commend Angie Childers for volunteering, Lt. Jim Holcombe for offering the camp and Chief Dan Reynolds for his support.

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