Gannon University Criminal Investigators Camp Begins
Posted: July 20, 2017
CSI technologies, evidence collection and an explosives
demonstration are among the highlights of the Criminal
Investigators Camp at Gannon University. Students 15-18 years old
will learn from current and retired law enforcement personnel,
including the lead investigators of FBI Major Case #203, better
known as the "Pizza Bomber Case."
The overnight camp July 23-28 will engage students in the world
of criminal investigation by following a real case that builds on
itself each day until it 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
The camp will utilize Gannon's Forensic Investigation Center, a
historic family home repurposed into a state-of-the-art facility
for learning all aspects of crime scene investigation. Along with a
staging area 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 Criminal Investigators Camp is literally a blast! Culminating
in a mock trial in an actual courtroom, the camp is a unique
educational and practical application experience of investigative
law enforcement and the criminal justice system," said Jerry Clark,Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice.
Students will stay in a Gannon residence hall while they learn
surveillance and SWAT techniques, collect and analyze evidence and
use the firearms simulator and experience explosive demos. They
finish the week where many criminal cases end: in a courtroom where
Erie County Judge John Trucilla will address the campers before