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Inaugural CSI: Camp for students spurs enhanced agenda for 2013

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012

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Camp: CSI students learned the techniques used to investigate a crime scene during the inaugural Greer Police Department camp last month. The week-long camp was a success and also has the GPD planning for an adult camp.

Camp: CSI students learned the techniques used to investigate a crime scene during the inaugural Greer Police Department camp last month. The week-long camp was a success and also has the GPD planning for an adult camp.

Lt. Jim Holcombe and Angie Childers, directors of the inaugural “Camp: CSI” at the Greer Police Department last month, are already planning for a more extensive marketing plan for the 2013 camp.

Both Holcombe and Childers said they will market the camp to the greater Greer area students to attract wider attendance. The attendance reflected the effort Student Resource Officers at Greer and Riverside high schools made getting students interested in the camp.

The camp will also see an enhanced agenda with more detailed learning. Childers and Holcombe are likely to make crime scenes more detailed, allowing students to be more hands on.

Childers said she learned it’s best to conduct one chemical fingerprint lab in particular outside, due to the fumes.

“By the end of the camp I found myself looking back and saying, ‘OK, what just happened?’ due to the hustle and bustle of the week.” She would like to take in the experience more for herself and said, based on this year’s camp experience, she now knows what to expect.

Holcombe said there is a dual point to the camp, one being the ability to provide youth with knowledge of the “real CSI” and the second being the ability to connect and interact with youth in a positive way.

The campers received knowledge about crime scene investigations and to interact with law enforcement in a unique environment. Holcombe said the students have given positive feedback and interaction since the camp and Childers said the campers have knowledge to better decision making.

“We don’t ever want to see anyone make a mistake…,” Holcombe said.

While the directors are full speed ahead on planning for next year’s camp, Holcombe said an adult camp is also in the works.

Email Lt. Holcombe at [email protected] or call 864-848-2156 for more information.

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