Students from HNC’s Criminology course have recently undertaken a range of practical field work investigating a ‘crime scene’, putting their investigation skills to the test in a hands-on experiment!

Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) use a variety of methods to identify offenders based on the clues they leave behind at the scene of a crime. In this hands-on and engaging experiment, the College’s Criminology students discovered just how painstakingly CSIs work to uncover these clues, and how they can be used to identify perpetrators. During the experiment, the group worked to identify footprints and fingerprints, using a range of methods genuinely used in the field, from taking casts to dusting for fingerprints, and exploring how the evidence collected at a crime scene would then be searched for on nationwide databases.

Adam Midgley, Teacher of Criminology, comments “Many of our Criminology students have ambitions to work within the Criminal Justice sector, and the opportunity to experience life in the field through a range of practical experiments means our students progress to the next steps of their careers with confidence and a wide range of practical and theoretical skills. Our group of ‘CSIs’ worked meticulously to categorise and analyse the data they collected after reviewing the evidence left behind by the ‘perpetrators’. These hands-on sessions help our students to further develop their knowledge of the techniques they will use later in their careers – including the patience that is required from the role of CSI!”.

HNC is one of a few post-16 providers who offer Criminology at Level 3 – if you have ambitions to work within this rewarding and fascinating area, join us on Thursday 30 November for our Year 11 Open Event. Find out more here.

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