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Career & Technical School News

Criminal justice students collect evidence of crimes at the CTE campus


CTE seeks to address the middle skills jobs gapA duo document data at a crime scene


There were apparently multiple "assaults" on the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School Albany campus Monday. At least, in criminal justice class there was.

Aspiring law enforcers in the criminal justice program spend their classes outside collecting evidence ranging from empty wine bottles to “knives” and “pistols.”

Under the guidance of retired Albany Police Department Investigator Will Cook who currently teaches at CTE, students diagramed evidence locations, bagged the evidence and sought to collect as much information as possible on each of four different crime scene locations.

Students looked under leaves and other debris, mapped out the scenes and put together the pieces of what transpired. Students placed evidence markers as others mapped the scene while still others ensured the team scanned the area in an orderly fashion.

“I want to go into forensics with the FBI. Going to BOCES gives me the basis for the information Sean and another student measure
I need to do that. For example, I didn’t know anything about fingerprints and I have already learned that at BOCES,” said one of the students, Zach Myers, a junior from Bethlehem.

With all of the evidence documented and collected in boxes, bags and the like, students returned inside to solve "the crimes".

In the first photo, Alexa Lasher and Christian St. Andrews document information on a "knife" they boxed at a "crime" scene.

In the second photo, Sean Berry of Niskayuna and Zach Myers of Bethlehem collect measurements and other evidence.

Below, Andrew Dudwoire of  Cohoes, Tom Martin of Scotia and Clary Mercedez of Schenectady record data.

Below right shows one of the evidence markers.



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