Police and justice studies examine crime scene at The Omega

Courtney Dickson, Roving Editor Ω

The police and justice studies program at TRU turned House 4 on campus into a crime scene on Oct. 31, also known as All Hallow’s Eve.

When Brian Cassell, instructor and program consultant, arrived at The Omega house on the afternoon of Halloween, his first reaction was, “Perfect. This looks like a crime scene already.”

Corporal Terry Harink, forensic identification specialist, led three groups of 10 through the house, asking them to point out things that seemed out of place. Though they had a tendency to step on the broken glass, students were very observant and able to identify and record what was significant about the scene.Icing sugar (fake cocaine), liquor bottles, syringes and rubber vomit covered the table. Police tape was set up around the perimeter of the building and there was a microwave strewn across the front steps.

Former students Megan Kovacs and Jen Tate and The Omega’s Mike Davies played dead victims. Both Kovacs and Tate graduated from the program in April 2011 and are working in commercial loss prevention to combat in-store theft.

Cassell, who put together the program, designed the exercise to give students an idea of how it feels when an officer walks into a crime scene.