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

Posted: July 20, 2016

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

The camp will utilize Gannon's Forensic Investigation Center (FIC), 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 area used to create simulated crime scenes, the FIC also includes a functioning forensics laboratory, interview and interrogation room, and a virtual reality firearms simulator.

"The GU Criminal Investigators 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, DEA, NCIS and AFT federal investigators," commented Jerry Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice.

Criminal Investigators Camp is an overnight camp that will run July 24 to July 29 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, CSI tactics, collect and analyze evidence, use a firearms simulator and experience explosive demos. They finish the week with a "meet the professionals" roundtable and graduation.

For more information click the Criminal Investigator's link on Gannon University's Camp Gannon web page