Students Spend a Week Solving a Real Crime Case at Gannon University

FIC-LabPosted: July 25, 2014

Criminal Investigator's Camp at Gannon University is a hands-on way for students to experience the field of law enforcement. The week-long camp will engage students in the world of criminal investigation by following a real case that builds each day, and which is eventually solved by the camp's end. Throughout the week, law enforcement experts will teach students various investigation techniques that they will later apply to solve the case. 

For the first time, the annual camp will utilize Gannon's Forensic Investigation Center, which is a historic family home repurposed into a state-of-the-art facility that exposes students to all aspects of crime scene investigation.  Along with a staging are a used to create simulated crime scenes, the Center also includes a functioning forensics laboratory, interview and interrogation room and a virtual reality firearms simulator.

"The GU Criminal Investigator's Summer Camp is a fantastic opportunity for students to receive hands-on experience solving a real-life criminal case under the guidance and instruction of experienced current and former FBI, CIA and ATF federal investigators," commented Jerry Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor, criminal justice.


Criminal Investigator's Camp is an overnight camp that will run July 27 to Aug.1 for students age 15 to 18. Gannon University provides campers with access to current and retired law enforcement personnel in a modern learning environment.  Students will also learn from the lead investigators of FBI Major Case #203, better known as the "Pizza Bomber Case."

Students will stay in a Gannon residence hall while they learn surveillance techniques and CSI tactics, collect and analyze evidence, use a firearms simulator and experience explosives demonstrations. They finish the week with a "meet the professionals" roundtable and graduation. Online registration is currently available, but spaces are limited. 

For more information, visit the Criminal Investigator's Camp page here.

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