Archive for Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Blood spatter school hosted by Lawrence Police

Police from across the nation are in Lawrence this week for blood spatter school. On Wednesday, 6News reporter Jesse Fray went along as the Lawrence Police Department works to be a regional training site - this is just one of the many courses the agency is hosting.

September 10, 2008

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The Lawrence Police Department's Investigation and Training Center, 4820 Bob Billings, has been turned into a makeshift crime scene this week.

Officers are creating blood spatter, so they can learn how to investigate different crime scenes. They're using real blood that's expired from the blood bank.

Blood stains are one of the most overlooked aspects of violent crime scenes, said Mike Van Stratton, a blood stain expert and lab director for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

"Even though officers realize that there's blood that's shed : we can actually use that information to take and reconstruct the entire event that took place," he said.

Stratton said blood can be crucial during investigations, especially shootings or when someone's hit with a blunt object, as the science of blood stain can be important in proving a criminal guilty.

Investigators from law enforcement agencies across the county, including St. Louis and Utah, are in Lawrence for the week-long training.

The Lawrence Police Department hopes to bring more experts in to teach similar classes, as the agency strives to be a regional learning facility.

"We offer these courses to better our personnel, but also to bring people in to see that, yes, we have the facilities that we can put schools like this on," said Sgt. Bill Cory, Lawrence police spokesman.

The blood spatter class is a good deal for taxpayers. Two Lawrence police investigators are going through the training for free, because the agency's hosting it.

Lawrence Police have hosted several training sessions in the past, Cory said, including practical homicide school.

Besides receiving free training, the classes also give the agency contacts with other departments in the country.

Comments

somebodynew 6 years, 7 months ago

Do I sense yet "another" name for either YH, Alexander, or Smitty?? Although Smitty stays pretty strong with her moniker and doesn't seem to change. I am guessing YH. Refering to "funfer........".

Berserk 6 years, 7 months ago

I think this is pretty interesting, certainly nice having a police force willing to donate time for education purposes.Somone got all their posts removed... oops!

somebodynew 6 years, 7 months ago

WOW- - judging from the email fun(whoever) sent me I must have really stuck a nerve. I would post it for all to see, but it certainly would violate terms of useage, and borders on a threat. Maybe I need to change to somebodynewer.

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