Mock Murder Scene To Be Investigated At Course Open To Law Enforcement

Release Date:
August 11, 2000
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

HAMBURG, N.Y. - Investigative teams will compete against each other to solve a mock murder scene as part of a weeklong course planned at Hilbert College by the Town of Hamburg Police Department.

The first 30 minutes of a crime scene investigation can make the difference in whether a case is solved or unsolved, something that will be examined by local law enforcement in the 40-hour "Crime Scene - The Crucial Minutes" course from Aug. 21-25.

Along with investigating and solving a mock murder, one session will cover identification and collection of evidence, including crime scene search methods, collection and packaging of evidence, and the interrelationship of various types of crime scene documentation (photos, sketches and notes).

Hands-on exercises involving fingerprinting, plaster casting, and bloodsplatter interpretation along with class discussions will be also be conducted. Additional topics to be focused on are gunshot residue and trace metal detection and footwear/tiretrack documentation.

James R. Davis, a 20-year veteran of the Houston Police Department with 11 years as a crime scene investigator, will be the course instructor. During his police career, David investigated hundreds of homicides and numerous other crimes. He has an instructor's license from Texas P.O.S.T. (Partnership of Southeast Texas) and also a master peace officer certification in Texas.

Many unsolved crimes can be traced to faulty crime scene procedures during the first 30 minutes before specialized investigative units arrive at a scene. By learning the knowledge and skills co

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.