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Fingerprints and Forensics: Understanding the Basics of Crime Scene Investigation   

Calling all armchair detectives! Do you enjoy watching mysteries or shows dedicated to crime scene investigation? If so, this class is for you! 

Join facilitator Lynne Dean, a retired Latent Fingerprint Examiner with the King County Sheriff’s Office, as she explores how crime scenes are processed for evidence. Students will learn how a forensic fingerprint laboratory works and discuss photographs from real crime scenes. You’ll also participate in hands-on exercises at home to give you a true “feel” for working with evidence and discover how to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to your favorite CSI-style TV shows. Student participation is encouraged.  

Prerequisites: This class is recommended for students 18+, as some of the content and photos is considered graphic. Students will need a 4 inch piece of clear plastic – for example, cut from a sheet protector – and a 4 or 5 inch piece of clear/Scotch Tape to participate in two hands-on exercises.