A group of young police cadets from Grampian Police got to grips with crime scene examination techniques when they undertook a practical exercise at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

Police Cadet in Crime Scene trainingDuring the exercise, cadets had the opportunity to learn practical skills in the University's specially designed crime scene rooms including the appropriate methods of approaching a crime scene and how to preserve and collect footwear marks and finger prints. The exercise was co-ordinated and supervised by University staff and members of the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) Scene Examination Branch based at Queen Street.

This exercise is part of an ongoing pioneering collaboration between the University and Grampian Police. Similar exercises have been conducted with school pupils and it is hoped that a more comprehensive version will become part of the 19 week probationary officer training programme. In return, the University has benefited from access to specialist guest lecturers and first hand experience from officers in the field.

The Grampian Police Cadet programme, which was reintroduced in Grampian in 2006, is a full-time employment scheme designed for young people aged 16 years who are resident within the region. It gives young people a real insight into the Police and also provides an opportunity to work with community partners and develop life skills and experience. The crime scene exercise is intended to add value to their, already, robust programme.

Bruce Duncan, Senior Scene Examination Branch Manager comments: "The main thrust of the exercise is to give cadets a flavour of the training received by probationary officers that is aligned with Crime Scene Managers' teachings. As with the probationary officer training programme, we aim to produce highly-informed, well-rounded police cadets, many of whom we expect will apply to become probationary officers."