CSI education Maui style

The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Maui News MATTHEW THAYER photo

Kauai Police Department criminalist Stephanie Regan (from left; First Photo) shows King Kekaulike seniors Shea Sera, Melissa Malapira and Marc Texeira how an infrared fingerprint imaging system can isolate loops and whorls and separate them from confusing backgrounds on things like money. The students were touring the Maui County Forensic Facility on Tuesday as part of the Maui Police Department’s Forensic Science Day open house. The event, held in conjunction with National Forensic Science Week, featured 23 different educational exhibits ranging from blood pattern analysis to 360-degree laser scanning. Along with Maui police officers and specialists, the event also included representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives, the FBI, Chaminade University’s Forensic Science Team, the Honolulu Police Department, Clinical Laboratories and Foster + Freeman: LGC.

(Second Photo): University of Hawaii Maui College and Kihei Charter School student Jade Topp applies epoxy to the finger of a King Kekaulike student while demonstrating how to remove latent fingerprints from rough surfaces.

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