The criminal justice program at Central Lakes College has begun to use a Scene Sweeper argon laser in training future law enforcement personnel, as well as current peace officers throughout the area.
The $13,000 unit is the only one currently in use at a two-year college in Minnesota. Terry Fairbanks, coordinator, unveiled the tool Monday for students in the General Evidence Identification and Prep class taught by Gae Davis.
Photography students of Steve Kohls also had the opportunity to observe the powerful mechanism that can lift latent fingerprints, urine, saliva, semen, blood, bruises, bite marks, bone and teeth fragments, fibers, narcotics and short-range ballistics using fiber optics and various laser settings.
Fairbanks said CLC will train regional law enforcement personnel to perform evidence collection at crime scenes with the state-of-the-art forensic instrument.
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