From July 5 to 9, 2010, BCIT was the scene of a murder mystery. The blood and body may have been fake, but the techniques used to solve the crime were very true to life. Our CSI Student Academy is held every year to give local high school students an idea of what life is like as a forensic investigator. This year, eight boys and eight girls from grades 11-12 learned how to apply real forensic techniques to things like knots, fingerprints, video analysis, and of course, DNA. At the end of their week of training, these eager students applied their new skills to a murder mystery right here at BCIT. They used what they learned to find clues, and then put them all together to discover the killer.
BCIT students deserve the best instruction available in their chosen disciplines. That means that their instructors have to maintain their position on the leading edge of their particular fields of expertise. Some of the ways that we do this are:
- Reading and reviewing the latest publications in the field (both paper and electronic)
- Attendance at professional meetings, conferences, and seminars
- Participation in online discussion groups and communities of practice
- Taking post-secondary courses in relevant subjects to enhance the depth, breadth, and currency of our knowledge
Dr. Patrick Besant-Matthews, M.D., is an internationally renowned expert in forensic science and has lectured extensively to clinical and public service personnel on a wide variety of topics including forensic photography. He holds his doctorate in medicine from the University of London and has completed several residencies, including the highly respected Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Besant-Matthews has held numerous, prestigious positions in both academic and clinical medicine and serves frequently as both an expert and testifying witness.
Dr. Besant-Matthews will be lending his teaching expertise to BCIT this coming August and will be facilitating a course on Wound and Blunt Force Trauma Assessment, Documentation and Evaluation (FSCT 7830) August 16 to 21, 2010. He’s written us a brief and very interesting peek into his life as a pathologist on a case that lasted 28 years:
For over 33 years, the Vancouver Police Foundation (VPF) has been quietly assisting members of the Vancouver Police Department. The Foundation funds a wide range of community policing and outreach programs not covered by the annual operating budget of the department. It was created by concerned citizens and business people who recognized the need to fund innovative ideas that could help reduce crime or put a more human side to the face of policing.
The VPF has funded programs like the Vancouver Police Pipe Band, the K9 (Police Dog) Center for Excellence, and most recently, the purchase of an Armoured Response Vehicle.
Sheila Early, Program Coordinator for Forensic Health Sciences, along with Surrey Memorial Hospital Forensic Nursing Services, are sponsoring the cost of International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) memberships for Kenyan nurses. These nurses have just graduated as the first nurse examiners in Kenya. Membership in the association helps give these women the courage to take the monumental step towards forensic health care in their country.