The Mock Crime Scene and Investigation
In an effort to immerse its Certificate students as fully as possible in the world of forensic scientific investigation, the Wecht Institute annually develops and designs a Mock Crime Scene, complete with a “bloody” manikin and plenty of other pieces of biological and physical evidence to be observed, collected and tested in this "real world" crime scene investigation experience.
Under the tutelage of seasoned homicide detectives and forensic scientists, the students are assigned the roles of criminalists, investigators, photographers and sketch artists. Over the course of two intensive sessions, they are expected to apply many of the principles and techniques they’ve learned during the preceding modules to the comprehensive analysis of a complicated crime scene.
This hands-on investigation, which ultimately includes the identification and interrogation of one or more “suspects,” serves as the starting point for the development of a criminal prosecution and defense that are played out at the Mock Trial that represents the culmination of the program.