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5th Jul, 2022

Forensic science students tackle campus 'crime scene' in exercise

FORENSIC and Criminal Investigation students from Solihull College and University Centre tested their investigative skills recently as part of Blossomfield Campus transformed into a ‘crime scene’.

The college hosted a team of investigators from West Midlands Police with Level 3 students pulling on anti-contamination clothing and dealing with a staged situation where a dog walker had discovered human remains.

It was up to them to forensically examine the evidence and a mannequin victim, gun casings, DNA evidence and more were scattered around.

Students were advised how investigators would assess a crime scene and gather evidence and what conclusions could be made.

After analysing the scene, students had a debrief with the police to discuss their findings.

Andy Price and Paul Tebbitt, who oversee complex crime for West Midlands Police, joined students.

Lead crime scene co-ordinator Andy, who has more than 30 years of crime scene experience, was impressed with the enthusiasm of students.

He said: “We really appreciate Solihull College and University Centre asking us to be part of this experience.

“To be able to help and inspire the next generation of forensic experts is something that we are always happy to be part of.”

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