Mock Investigation

March 24, 2021 | Beverley Golden

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The university community is invited to watch the investigation as it unfolds at a “crime scene house,’’ a mobile home donated by Pratt Homes. Crime Scene Processing (CRIJ 4344) students will investigate the simulated case, which will involve several “victims’’ inside and surrounding the house. 

The class is part of the forensic science concentration in the criminal justice Bachelor of Science degree program. Students participating will secure the scene, package and document evidence, and then process the evidence for field reports.

“Forensic science is our criminal justice program’s fastest growing concentration, and one of its most exciting aspects is the opportunity for hands-on learning, including ballistic testing and other evidence analysis,’’ said Dr. Jennifer Klein, associate professor of criminal justice. “Thanks to the generosity of Pratt Homes, students will now have the opportunity to process a mock crime on a much larger scale.’’

Forensic science is one of four high-demand criminal justice concentrations offered at the university. Homeland security, juvenile justice and generalist concentrations are included, as well as a forensic science minor.

UT Tyler’s program is designed to prepare students for careers not only in law enforcement, but also in forensic science, corrections, court systems, victim services and other areas of the discipline.

The curriculum includes a wide selection of courses, beginning at the freshman level. The program is also structured to allow students to transfer courses seamlessly from junior colleges and other universities to begin upper-division coursework at UT Tyler. 

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