Students Learn How to Solve Crime

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Las Vegas. New York.. And now Parkersburg.

Teams from three area high schools compete in a Crime Scene Investigation event. They've been prepping for months and it all came down to this crime scene.

A detective and state trooper judge every meticulous step of the process.

"Did they find everything? Did they take photos of everything? Is it photographed correctly? Did they process the crime scene correctly? They look at crime scene sketches. Is there sketch drawn out right? Is everything there? So they're doing report writing and their also trying to figure out what happened at this crime scene," says event organizer Rodney Shaffer.

Students have 45 minutes to complete these steps and 15 minutes to write the report.

And while this course is meant is help prepare students interested in CSI or law enforcement, some of the participants are using it for other career goals.

"We both want to be lawyers. So we decided to do this because it would give us an aspect of what police officers have to do so we know when they've done something wrong or if they've made mistakes or anything for when we go to court," says Roane-Jackson Technical Center Student Sarah Bosworth.

Students with the Criminal Justice Organization at WVU-P host the event and us this practice as just another way to learn.

"You can never really learn enough because every time you go to a crime scene there's always going to be something different. It's never going to be exactly the same. Even if you have the same people, the same evidence, it's always different. So it just kind of helps build upon what you already know and helps you establish links to help you in the future," says Shaffer.

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