Eastleigh College students took part in a Crime Scene Management exercise, giving them a real insight into crime scene investigations and forensics.
A range of students studying Applied Science, Criminology and Access to Higher Education courses, put their investigator overalls on and took to a crime scene at Eastleigh College. Students put the theory they learned into practice as they searched, collected and analysed evidence at the scene.
Nicola Winterbottom, a CSI of 10 years, visited the students to demonstrate how investigations are carried out and the importance of collecting evidence properly. She highlights, “It was great to see the students realise and understand what happens in crime scene investigations. Some of these students will be the next generation of CSI’s and this is the start of their journey, so it’s important for them to get a sense of realism in what the job entails.”
Explaining how the exercise has helped prepare for her next steps, student Chloe explains, “I plan to go to university in September so this was a great opportunity for me to see if I enjoy it.” Current student Jamie, who is also a special constable for Hampshire Constabulary notes, “It’s given me great insight and experience doing something I’ve never done before.”
The students also benefitted from a talk by an ex Eastleigh College student Holly, who is now working for a Miscarriage of Justice organisation after completing her degree and masters at university. Holly developed the students’ understanding of the importance of collecting evidence properly at the crime scene and the implications caused by error.
Eastleigh College prepares students for their next steps, whether that’s university, further education or employment. To find out more about the range of courses available, visit the courses webpage.