Pitt-Bradford has added new state-of-the art electronic equipment to
its criminal justice forensics lab, exposing students to the top-notch tools
and giving Pitt-Bradford more opportunities to provide training for
professional law enforcement.
“This lab will advance the criminal
justice program to heights that have never been seen,” said Dr. Tony Gaskew,
associate professor of criminal justice and director of the program.
Several new pieces of advanced
forensic equipment have been added to the lab: a Deployable Device Seizure, a
Police Body Camera with GPS, a CYCLOPS Imager, a Forensic Digital Optical Video
Magnifier, a Video-Based Optical Comparator, a CSI Metal Detector, a Forensic
Alternative Light Source Detection Kit, and a new KRIMESITE Imager.
The Deployable Device Seizure can
access all information kept on a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. About the size
of an iPad, it can be connected to a phone or laptop, break passwords and
conduct logical as well as physical data acquisitions, dumping the contents of
the other device onto itself. Things that students might find in doing a
download from one of the planted dummy phones or laptops used in the lab
include incoming or outgoing calls, emails or text messages, photos and a
record of what websites have been searched. Gaskew used it in teaching a new
special topics course this spring, Investigating Cyber Child Predators.
they’re conducting their investigation, students can use another piece of new
equipment for the program, a body camera like those being used in an increasing
number of police departments. The police body camera has video, audio, digital
camera, infrared nighttime and GPS integration capabilities. The body camera
will be worn by students responding to crime scenes, allowing Gaskew to expand his
mock crime scene and on-site performance evaluations from the campus’s Crime
Scene Investigation House to any location on campus, day or night. “This is a
tremendous tool for training students to become first-responders managing violent
and complex crime scenes,” Gaskew said.
A third item, the Cyclops Imager is
a hands-free RUVIS Imaging System specifically designed to search large areas
within a crime scene for latent impression and biological evidence. The Forensic
Digital Optical Video Magnifier and the Video-Based Optical Comparator will
allow students to conduct laboratory-grade examinations and comparative
analysis on a variety of forensic-related items, and digitally record and
download their findings on a computer.
CSI Metal Detector is an all-terrain, both ground and water, electronic device
used to detect, pinpoint, and discriminate from a wide body of metals including
guns, shell casings, knives, or any metallic object that might be part of a
crime scene investigation.
Forensic Alternative Light Source Detection Kit is a handheld device that will
allow students in the field or in a laboratory setting the ability to search
for microparticle, physiological, or impression evidence such as hairs, fibers,
bite marks, patent and latent fingerprints, certain narcotics anddrugs, and physiological fluids (semen,
final piece of new equipment is the KRIMESITE KSS60. This Reflective Ultra Violet
Imaging System is one of the most advanced and integral pieces of equipment for
any crime scene investigator today, Gaskew said. This equipment will not only allow
students an enhanced ability to search and locate a variety of forensic
impression and biological evidence at the scene of a crime, day or night, but
will also simultaneously provide them the ability to record and digitally
preserve the items to maintain the chain-of-custody
not going to find other college programs with this type equipment,” Gaskew
said, adding that an increasing number of criminal justice students are looking
beyond local law enforcement to state or federal agencies where such equipment
is more likely to be made available.
will not be the only ones benefitting from the university’s investment. Local
state and federal agents also use resources at the Crime Scene Investigations
House and Criminal Forensics Lab, primarily in training exercises.