High schools, colleges invited to crime scene competition at Northeast

by amandab  4/13/2017 8:14:27 AM --  NORFOLK - High school and college students will have an opportunity to put their crime scene investigation skills to the test in a new competition to be held soon at Northeast Community College.

The 2017 Crime Scene Contest will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 and 27, on the Northeast Community College campus in Norfolk. All scenes will be staged in the Law and Public Safety Lab.

The event will include two divisions, high school and collegiate, with both two- and four-year colleges invited to enter.

“There are multiple purposes behind the crime scene contest,” said Matt McCarthy, criminal justice director and instructor at Northeast. “We want to be able to showcase the multiple uses of the Law and Public Safety Lab, to encourage students to consider a career in criminal justice and to give our own students a chance to showcase the hard work they do in their criminal investigation and forensic crime scene classes.”

McCarthy said the competition is designed to give students a taste of how crimes scenes are investigated in the field.

“This is a chance for the students to investigate a crime scene and to operate in the complex, multi-faceted environment that is a crime scene. We have alumni who are now employed in the criminal justice field as well as crime scene investigators and law enforcement officers assisting at the event. Students will get to interact and network with these professionals.”

Additionally, McCarthy said Northeast has acquired a corporate partner, Arrowhead Forensics, which will provide necessary supplies for the competition. Based in Lenexa, KS, Arrowhead Forensics is an industry leader in the forensic market.

Teams who enter the contest may have three to five students. All students on each team must be from the same school, and each student may be on only one team. There is no limit to the number of teams each school can enter.

Each team is asked to bring a digital camera with a removable SD card, a flashlight, weather-appropriate attire, any forms or laptops the team may wish to use and any other equipment they may wish to bring.

Northeast, in partnership with Arrowhead Forensics, will supply crime scene gloves, all necessary forms, evidence markers/pointers, crime scene drawing supplies, writing tools and all evidence bags, tags, tape, fingerprinting supplies, lifting tape and index cards.

The entry fee for each team is $10. The deadline to register is April 20.

To register for the contest, or for more information, contact McCarthy at (402) 844-7345, or matthewm@northeast.edu.

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