Forensic Investigation Center

  •  FIC

    The Forensic Investigation Center (FIC) at Gannon University is devoted to academic excellence through a unique multidisciplinary program and delivers outstanding educational, research, and professional training opportunities for students and/or current professionals. This innovative learning facility looks like an actual family dwelling, but it is really a "working laboratory" where students practice the skills they've learned in the classroom to find evidence and solve crimes.  Renovations to convert a former fraternity house into the Forensic Investigation Center are currently underway and will be completed by April 2014.

    The Forensic Investigation Center provides comprehensive training in all aspects a forensic investigation, through a combination of theoretical, scientific and applicable techniques utilized during crime scene processing.  With a functioning forensic laboratory, multipurpose classroom, interview/interrogation room, Firearms Training Simulator area, and crime scene re-enactment areas, this hands-on learning environment provides a unique experience for any criminologist or forensic scientist.

    Through the use of simulated crime scenes, students will learn forensic principles such as entry procedures, photography, evidence documentation and collection, latent fingerprint development techniques, bloodstain pattern analysis, trace evidence, and many other aspects of forensic investigation.  With this approach, students will experience a wide variety of crime scenes and practice techniques, gaining valuable practical skills not typically available through an internship or on-the-job training.

    The FIC is an innovative learning facility that provides students and professionals a working laboratory and living area to teach following skills:

    • Behavioral assessment
    • Interviewing techniques
    • Evidence collection and preservation
    • Crime analysis, reporting and expert testimony 
    • Deception detection
    • Forensic analysis of firearms, impressions, finger prints, and trace evidence
    • Risk mitigation
    • Emergency evacuation
    • Firearms Training Simulation
    • Surveillance and counter-surveillance procedures

    The FIC was designed to support the newly revised Criminal Justice program.  Recent developments in the Criminal Justice System have been integrated into the new curricula to prepare students to effectively address current issues and challenges in the field as well as using new technology to address the continuous evolution of crime and crime fighting.  The curriculum includes various specializations such as Forensic Investigation and allows for more hands-on and dynamic learning experiences to better prepare our students for a variety of 21st century careers. 

    Gannon University's Criminal Justice Program offers a myriad of learning experiences in one location. Education at the Center promotes leadership, character, and public service while inspiring and preparing students to enter careers such as forensic scientists, criminologists, crime scene examiners, crime laboratory analysts, and officers working for the local, state and federal government.

    History of the House

    The new Forensic Investigation Center, located at 246 West Sixth Street, was originally known as the George Black House. The residence, built in 1908 by George I. Black, former President of the Walker Foundry Company, is part of the West Sixth Street Historic District. This Historic District functioned as Erie's "Millionaires Row" during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a group, the buildings and mansions located within the West Sixth Street Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.