Using technology, gifted students temporarily became detectives exploring legal and forensic science careers, assessing crime scene procedures, analyzing handwriting samples, mapping a crime scene, analyzing evidence, fingerprinting, and participating in a mock crime scene investigation. Alternative Education Coordinator, Angela Thiemann, and WMS teacher David Londrey led the two week curricula and activities. In addition to the stolen camera investigation, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (Criminal Investigation Division) illustrated dusting for fingerprints and administered fingerprinting. The Virginia State Police offered a variety of activities including a tour of a Virginia State Trooper’s vehicle and of the Madison County Courthouse.
A special thank you to Deputy Chris Tash of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, Sergeant Bruce A. Harvey and Investigator Greg Garrett of the Madison County Investigations Division, Virginia State Police Trooper Brooks M. Taylor, and the staff at the Madison County Courthouse. These ladies/gentlemen made a lasting impression on our students and we were privileged to educate our campers on the responsibilities/duties of law enforcement and the judicial system. We admire and thank these law enforcement officials for their contributions during this amazing camp!