Library offers crime scene investigation class to area teens

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By Ramsey Scott

Teens looking for a little mystery in their lives are in luck.

The Bemis Library is teaming with the Littleton Police Department to put on a three-day crime scene investigation class for students in ninth through 12th grades this August. Students will have a chance to learn from the Police Department’s CSI team about what it takes to break down a crime scene and find evidence.

Mark Decker, the teen librarian for Bemis, said kids will get a chance to learn everything from dusting for fingerprints to studying blood-splatter patterns. At the end of the three days, Decker said, there will be several crime scenes set up in and around the library for the kids to investigate.

“The officers and I, we come up with a story for each crime scene,” Decker said. “The kids’ job is to photograph the crime scene and then find all the evidence.”

This is the first time in a couple of years the library has done the CSI program. Decker said budget cuts at the Police Department caused the program to be suspended, but some money was found this year to bring it back.

“I think it’s a good program for reaching out to kids and to connect them to the Police Department. It’s important to bridge that relationship so they don’t see the police as an enemy,” Decker said.

Decker said former students who were in previous CSI sessions told him it was one of the most enjoyable experiences they had in school.

The program is limited to 12 to 15 students and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 through 7. Decker said students living in Littleton or attending a school in the Littleton School District would be offered a place over nonresident students.

Those interested should pick up an application at Bemis Library, at 6014 S. Datura St.
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