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Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department uses mobile unit to educate college students

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ATHENS W. VA. (WVVA) - The Greenbrier County Sheriff's department is doing their part to educate students on criminal investigations.

The law enforcement agency took their mobile crime scene investigation unit to Concord University on Tuesday to not only educate students about how to investigate a crime scene but also give them hands on experience students typically wouldn't get inside the classroom.

Students toured the unit and got an up close look at what goes into a criminal investigation.

Lori Pace, the professor of the Special Topics Crime Scene class at Concord, said hands on experiences like this one, help students learn.

"The more we can keep them involved and excited about their course, the more likely they are to retain information," said Pace.

Law enforcement officer Steven Hudnall, said he was happy to take the unit to Concord and teach students about criminal investigations, as seeing the information first hand is crucial to learning about the forensics field.

"When you actually bring law enforcement officer out who have worked crime scenes, bring them out. show them (students) how we set the stuff up, what tools we use, how we organize them, what is used more often, so it's easier to obtain, how we store evidence, logging evidence so it's all in one unit, I think that's very important," said Hudnall.

Matthew Mikleson, a senior at Concord agreed that having these hands-on learning opportunites gives them good experience for their careers.

"Taking this course, this degree actually, gives us the real outlook at how crimes are actually solved and the processes that are used," said Mikleson.

The professors at Concord hope to offer more COVID-19 friendly and safe hands on learning experiences for their students.

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