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Crime Scene Investigation camp offers hands on learning experience

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Fingerprints, DNA, ballistics, not usually what you think about when it comes to summer break, but a unique summer camp at Charleston Southern University gives students an opportunity to explore crime scene investigation. We're in North Charleston for our Cool Camp of the week.

Summer break turns into cracking cases for juniors and seniors. It's all a part of CSI at CSU camp at Charleston Southern University. Criminal Justice professor Alan Fix says, "We bring in the instructors, people who do this on a daily basis, fingerprint, DNA, blood splatter, ballistics. It's hands on. They get to talk to the people that do this in real life, and they don't get access to those people so it's a good camp all the way around."

The program is taught by Charleston Southern University criminal justice professors, members of the Charleston police CSI team, Berkeley, Dorchester and North Charleston police departments and SLED. Camper Hannah Hiles says, "It's awesome, pretty fun, love it. We learn about finger printing, blood splatter, ballistics. It's a lot of fun." Jerotich Mutwol says, "Getting to do all the activities, and having different people that have actually done the work speak to us. "

Students participate in classroom lectures, and spend time in a mock crime scene to trace evidence that will lead to the apprehension of a mock criminal.

Jonathan Rosenberger says, "We learn about different ways to process evidence, and basically learn how to take evidence in, and all the right procedures without messing up everything. It's hands on, and if you really like criminal justice, it's right up my ally. You get to come out and do a little crime scene and everything. It's pretty cool."

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