bagWet and “blind-masked,”  student divers take underwater finals

Twenty students participated this June in Chaminade’s Summer Institute’s Underwater Forensics Investigation Workshop. Participants came from Honolulu Police and Fire Departments, from universities throughout the country and from as far away as New Zealand and Wisconsin, as well as from Chaminade. They were hungry to learn from the best in the field and to practice new skill sets.  Offered here annually, the workshop has been a summer favorite among those working or hoping to work in law enforcement and public safety fields.

Chaminade’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program director, Ronald Becker, JD spearheaded the opportunity. Partnering with him was C. Lynn Dixon, police chief of Austin Community College (ACC) District and former commander for the Texas Department of Public Safety dive team. The two have been debunking myths associated with underwater crime scene recovery for years with their intensive 40-hour workshop, which  included lectures in the classroom and search drills outdoors on land and underwater.

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Students practice body recovery on the Chaminade Oval

Students learned and practiced the scientific protocols for handling “underwater crime scenes” so as to prevent contamination or loss of forensic evidence.  The students were impressed with the hands-on experience they were given.

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Excited by what they had learned in the classroom, students were raring to practice the scientific protocols for handling “underwater crime scenes” efficiently so as to prevent contamination or loss of forensic evidence.Those already active in criminal justice fields noted that the additional skills would be a valuable addition to their resumes.

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The Chaminade Quarterly Fall 2016 issue featured the Underwater Forensics Investigation Workshop as its cover story.  To read the full article and see more photos, go to:  http://www.chaminade.edu/sites/default/files/cq_fall_2016.pdf 

For more on Chaminade’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program , go to:  http://www.chaminade.edu/behavioral-sciences/criminology-and-criminal-justice