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Fairfax City Forensics

November 14, 2014

On Monday, November 10, thirteen Madeira girls from the Module 2 Forensic Science class visited the Fairfax City Police Department. Detective Trey Leightley hosted the tour and shared many case studies that connected their theoretical knowledge with real-world practices. The tour included the digital forensics lab, the evidence processing lab, and the surveillance and crime scene vans. The students collected two-dimensional shoe prints using an electrostatic dust print lifter and sampled gunshot residue from a “suspect’s” hands.

Detective Leightley also explained casting of three-dimensional shoe impressions, raising fingerprints on porous and nonporous surfaces, and the legalities of searches and the recovery of evidence. The field trip was a great culminating experience for this one-module forensic science course.

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