Teens with an interest in the investigative side of law enforcement are invited to apply for the upcoming “Camp CSI” program hosted by the Statesboro Police Department.
Sixteen area students will be selected to participate in the weeklong crime scene investigation camp, said Statesboro police Detective Keith Holloway, who is leading the program along with Detective James Winskey. Other detectives with the department will also work with the group.
“Keith Holloway is going to lead the effort. James Winskey originally proposed the idea,” said Statesboro police Chief Mike Broadhead. “We are always trying to find ways to reach out to the community, particularly to youth, and the detectives thought this would be a great way for them to do something for our community. They are looking forward to it, because it gives them a chance to introduce kids to the kind of work they do.”
Holloway said the camp will give teens a view of the “other, slower-paced” side of police work — the actions behind the scene.
“We thought it would be a good idea to show students what we do (besides patrol),” he said. “We didn’t have this when we were growing up. It would have been nice.”
The camp, which will be held July 15–19 from 5–7 p.m. each night, is free and limited to 16 teens between the ages of 13 and 18. The deadline to apply is June 23.
According to the department’s Facebook page, the camp “encourages students to be highly motivated to learn, think and solve problems.” It is geared toward students who plan to attend college or pursue a career in law enforcement. Participants will learn about forensics through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
The first day, students will be introduced to the program and curriculum, basic law and forensic science. The second day, they will cover evidence identification, collection and documentation.
Fingerprint science, processing and analysis will be addressed the third day, and on day four, they will cover blood patterns and DNA, how blood reacts and why DNA is important.
On the last day of camp, students will participate in a mock crime scene, where they will use what they have learned to solve the case, Holloway said.
Applications are available at the Statesboro Police Department on West Grady Street or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The location of the camp will be announced at a later date, Holloway said.
Broadhead said he feels the camp will be an informative and exciting way for teens to enjoy part of their summer break from school.
“We thought this would be a fun way to interact with local youth and maybe inspire some of them to consider a career in this field,” he said. “At the least, we just want them to have fun and maybe learn something.”
For more information, contact Holloway at (912) 764-9911.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.