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Maui students get crash course in forensics at CSI Camp

MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT photos
MAUI POLICE DEPARTMENT photos

First photo: Maui Police Department evidence specialist and crime scene investigator Anthony Earles leads a bloodstain pattern session during the CSI Camp last week at the police forensic facility. Earles drips fake blood on paper cards at different angles to demonstrate how the angle of impact changes the shape of the blood drop. Ten juniors and seniors from Kamehameha Schools Maui, Kihei Charter School, King Keakaulike High School, Maui High School and Seabury Hall completed 40 hours of instruction during the weeklong program, which marked its 10th year. Topics covered included crime scene photography, scene diagramming, evidence identification, documentation and collection, testing for blood and seized drugs, fingerprints, cybercrimes, impression evidence and pathology. Students also watched an autopsy. After learning standard crime scene investigation methods and techniques, the students processed mock crime scenes and testified in mock court about their documentation and evidence handling procedures.

Second photo: Luke Kahuhu, who will be a senior at Kamehameha Maui, rolls his fingerprints onto tenprint cards using ink, to see what kinds of fingerprint patterns they have.

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