STATE COLLEGE — Detective John Aston of the State College Police Department provided some hands-on experience for first-year criminal justice students at South Hills School of Business and Technology.
Students were given a tour of the facility, and Aston demonstrated different methods to dissect evidence from crime scenes to help solve cases. He explained to the students that fingerprints and DNA are very helpful tools, but gathering and processing the evidence isn’t the quick process you see on television.
After being shown a variety of ways to collect fingerprints from objects such as cell phones, bottles, paper and bullet cartridges, students were able to participate in hands-on activities to pull the fingerprints themselves using various methods and tools.
The students also helped conduct experiments to confirm the evidence of blood from crime scenes. The detectives demonstrated how Luminol allows them to spot blood evidence that is unseen to the naked eye.
“The trip to the SCPD Crime Lab was an unforgettable experience for our students," said Jennifer Stover, criminal justice program coordinator and instructor at South Hills' State College campus. "Most people do not get the opportunity to get such an up-close and personal view into a potential career field. The students appreciated the trip, and the experience was worthwhile due to the wealth of things they learned.”