How I Spent My Summer Becoming A Certified Crime Scene Investigator
I did a little investigation and discovered that this was a five week intensive workshop (consisting of eight different classes and a practicum for a total of 17 academic units) which, along with an Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure class (for a total of 20 academic units), led to a Crime Scene Investigator Certificate. A Certificate. I was intrigued.
The truth is, I love going to school. It’s my second favorite thing in the world to do. And attending this Academy would not only give me the chance to be in school again, it would also give me a great excuse for not writing. Don’t get me wrong. Writing is actually my first favorite thing in the world to do. But sometimes putting the seat of the pants on the seat of the chair is a bit of a challenge for me.
Deeper investigation into the Academy revealed that I would be studying with Chief Medical Examiner for San Bernardino County, Frank Sheridan, Forensic Entomologist David Faulkner and former FBI fingerprint analyst Ann Punter, among others. I’d like to say this information sealed the deal for me, but honestly, they had me at “Crime Scene.”
It turned out to be one of the most interesting, stimulating, thoroughly enjoyable five weeks of my life.
Curious about what a crime scene investigator actually does? I’ll give you my understanding of it right here, with a new posting once a week. Come share my experiences at UC Riverside with some of the most eminent forensic scientists working in the field, today.