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Crime Scene Houses

AVAILABILITY Official workshop hours are: 9:30 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16:30 (in practice technicians are often available outside of these times)
CONTACT 1 External enquiries: Martine Dobson - Funding, Development & Support
CONTACT 2 Internal enquiries: Tony Dickson - Principal Technician
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The Crime Scene houses are simulated crime scenes, initially with simple scenes followed by more complicated major incident scenarios. This includes a garage on Edward Street which contains four cars that are used in vehicle examination.

We, are proud of the fact that we were the first academic institution in the country to use crime scene houses as an essential teaching aid. The number and quality of our crime scenes are second to none. The ground floor of each scene house is essentially for teaching the ‘bread and butter’ of crime scene examination. Upstairs there are more serious and complicated scenes. We have many ‘environments’ within the scene houses where realism is of the utmost importance. For example in our public bar we have everything from the usual optics, pumps and bar stools down to details such as quiz flyers and bottle openers (we obviously also have a purpose built bar).

We have several other environments in which to practice the techniques of crime scene investigation. Once we have a realistic environment then we can place the evidence into the scenes depending on the scenario for that particular cohort of users. The crime scenes are an ongoing development and as such regularly undergo changes to their appearance. Forensic evidence types can be added or removed dependent on any given scenario.

Item ID #126.

Last Updated: 8th November, 2016