Launched in 2013, National Forensics Science Week is dedicated to recognizing the important role that proper forensic science plays in the investigation of crimes throughout the nation, from exonerating the innocent to identifying the guilty.
The week kicks off on Aug. 10 with a “by invite only” briefing and tour of GPD’s crime lab. Media and government officials will learn about the types of evidence that the department can process and the volume of evidence that the CSIs handle. The group will then see how CSIs examine and process items obtained from crime scenes.
Also beginning Aug. 10 and every day throughout the week, GPD’s Facebook and Twitter posts will include messages from CSIs. “The messages are short bits of information that we want every member of the public to know,” said CSI Amy Washburn.
On Aug. 11, CSIs will assist parents in completing a record about their children by providing Child ID Kits from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The free service for the public will be held from 5 to 7 pm at Walmart at 121 W. Elmsley Drive. At the event, parents and children can meet real-life crime scene investigators. Children may also receive coloring sheets, badge stickers, ‘CSI Crime Scene’ wrist bands and other items.
The culminating event, called “CSI: Real Life”, occurs on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 am – 12 pm. Adults and youth ages 10 to 17 who are interested in learning more about crime scene investigation in the real world are invited to attend a free two-hour class at GPD’s Division 3 Substation at 300 S. Swing Road in Greensboro, N.C. “CSI: Real Life” will dispel myths about forensic science that have been perpetuated by popular TV shows and answer questions participants have about the field.
One class will be held for adults. A second class at the same location will be geared toward youth. Adults are welcome to bring their older school-aged children, come on their own or drop off pre-registered youth with an interest in forensics. Pre-registration is required, and class size is limited.
To learn more about GPD’s Forensic Services Division, and to register for “CSI: Real Life”, visit http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=4851"
- A Press Release