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Crime Scene Forensics

Program Number: 12156RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/14/2013 - 10/18/2013; 10/6/2014 - 10/10/2014; 11/10/2014 - 11/14/2014; 12/8/2014 - 12/12/2014; 1/26/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/23/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/9/2015 - 3/13/2015; 4/6/2015 - 4/10/2015; 6/1/2015 - 6/5/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/2/2015; 11/2/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Price starting at: $683.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free; None    

Leave fiction behind and get the facts on how modern forensic science is used to solve crimes involving assault, robbery, kidnapping, murder and fraud. Criminal justice professionals, forensic pathologists and scientists take you behind the scenes for a comprehensive look at how old-fashioned detective work combines with cutting-edge technology to solve crimes and mysteries.




Highlights

• In lectures and interactive presentations led by the experts, learn the basics of how blood pattern, fingerprinting and dental forensics factor into law enforcement investigations.
• Meet with real criminal justice professionals who share stories about the work they do each day investigating crime scenes.
• Forget what you’ve seen on TV — learn to distinguish the realities of crime-scene investigation from the dramatizations in popular culture.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking involved each day.



Coordinated by University of Nevada Las Vegas.




Las Vegas (Nevada)

Located in the Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Between the world-class entertainment and gambling on “The Strip” and the region’s amazing natural resources including beautiful Red Rock Canyon it is clear why people love this desert community.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel/casino centrally located on the Las Vegas “Strip” with an outdoor swimming pool, spa, health club, free on-site parking garage. Wheelchairs and scooters are available to rent for your convenience.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mark McNett

Mark McNett is a 17-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and had been a homicide detective in Las Vegas for the last five years. He is recently retired and loves to share stories about his very interesting career with Road Scholar participants.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Harrah's Las Vegas
  Las Vegas, NV 4 nights
 Harrah's Las Vegas
Type: Hotel
  Description: Harrah’s is an 86,664 square foot hotel/casino, located on "The Strip". The 2,500 room Hotel/Casino rests within walking distance of a variety of other Hotel/Casinos including: The Flamingo, Bellagio, Bally’s, Paris, Caesars Palace and many more. Casino games include: Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Slots, Baccarat, Megabucks and more. The casino has a poker room. and a 45-seat race and sports book, equipped with 55 televisions and four big screens. Wheelchairs and scooters are available to rent for your convenience. For information, please call (800) 877-6106. Shuttle Service: You can visit Harrah’s sister properties, Bally's/Paris and Rio using their free shuttle. Shuttle pick up location: Far east-side of property, located directly behind the Registration/Front Desk at Harrah's Las Vegas. Schedule: Pick-ups daily from 10am-1am. Shuttle departs approximately every 30 minutes. *Sorry, no luggage allowed on shuttle bus.
  Contact info: 3475 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109 USA
phone: 888-469-7320
web: www.harrahslasvegas.com
  Room amenities: The room also has a table and two chairs, armoire with television, and desk with a chair, air conditioning, iron / ironing board, blackout drapes, daily maid service, room service, high-speed internet access (for a fee), hair dryer, combined shower and bathtub, television, Pay-Per-View movies, video game console and games, telephone, and a phone jack for dial-up internet access.
  Facility amenities: There are outstanding restaurants, a free seven-story parking garage, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art health club, full-service beauty salon, a unique variety of retail options and, entertainment, valet, concierge, currency exchange, luggage and laundry service, maid service, safety deposit boxes, wake-up calls, room service and express checkout. .
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies Contact the hotel at (888) 469-7320. Unfortunately there are no discounts for Road Scholar participants at Harrah's. If you are staying additional nights at Harrah's please let us know by marking it on your returned Travel Form so that we can ensure that you will not have to change rooms during the program dates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Contact the hotel at (888) 469-7320. Unfortunately there are no discounts for Road Scholar participants at Harrah's. If you are staying additional nights at Harrah's please let us know by marking it on your returned Travel Form so that we can ensure that you will not have to change rooms during the program dates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00pm Monday You will be staying at Harrah's Las Vegas that night.
  End of Program:
11:00am Friday You will be staying at Harrah's Las Vegas the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free self-parking or valet.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Las Vegas, NV
  Nearest airport:  McCarran International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Las Vegas, NV
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Variety of shuttle services outside Baggage Claim

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7-$13
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

4.5 miles

   

A variety of shuttle services are available at McCarran Airport; they are located on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 8-14. Please note that there are both group shuttle and stretch limousine services for hire. Prices may vary due to increase in fuel prices. You do not need to call the shuttle services in advance for transportation from McCarran Airport to your hotel. For return service from Harrah's to McCarran Airport you must make reservations with the shuttle service.

 

Las Vegas - McCarran International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Variety of taxies for hire outside of Baggage Claim

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

around $15 (not including tip)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

4.5 Miles

 
Driving Directions
  I-15 Northbound to Harrah's Take exit 38 for Flamingo Rd, Keep right at the fork, Follow signs for Flamingo Rd East and merge onto Flamingo Rd. (heading east), turn LEFT on Kovol Ln., stay to the left, follow signs so Harrahs, Turn LEFT at the first light after Winnick Ave. (there is no street name on this light), stay to the left and follow signs to Harrahs self park or Valet.
  I-15 Southbound to Harrah's Take exit 39 for Spring Mountain Rd. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Spring Mountain Rd EAST and merge onto Spring Mountain Rd. Continue onto Sands Ave, Turn RIGHT onto Koval Ln, stay to the right, Turn RIGHT at the first light (there is no street name on this light), stay to the left, and follow signs to Harrahs self park or Valet.
  Las Vegas Blvd. (heading North) to Harrah's If you are going north on the Las Vegas Blvd ("The Strip"), there is an entrance to the Harrah's parking garage on the right, after Imperial Palace and before you pass Harrah's.
  McCarran Airport to Harrah's Head southeast on Wayne Newton Blvd toward Airport Departures. Wayne Newton Blvd turns slightly left and becomes McCarran Airport Connector/Swenson St. Continue to follow Swenson St. Turn LEFT onto Harmon Ave, Turn RIGHT onto Koval Ln, stay to the left, and follow signs to Harrahs, Turn LEFT at the first light AFTER Winnick Ave. (there is no street name on this light), stay to the left and follow signs to Harrahs self park or Valet.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration / Orientation / Dinner
(Monday, October 14)
   
 Arrive To: Upon arrival, check-in with the front desk of the hotel to obtain your room key, and then, meet the group leader by 4:45pm. Find the Mardi Gras Tower/Convention Center elevators (next to Mings Table Restaurant). Take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and the group leader will be at the Check-In table, by the elevators, to meet you. *Be mindful when looking for the Mardi Gras Tower Elevator, as there are escalators and elevators that go to the wrong areas. Be sure to take the Mardi Gras Tower/Convention Center Elevators. Do not go to the Carnival tower, the Promenade, or the escalator labeled Monorail, Toby Keith Restaurant, parking garage, or showrooms.
 Afternoon: Orientation begins at 5:00pm – Meet your guide, Nathan, and take a closer look at our plans for the next 4 days.
 Dinner: Dinner buffet at Harrah's
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lectures / Field trip
(Tuesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Breakfast is not included with the commuter rate.
 Morning: Lectures and demonstrations with Lauren and Ruthie, of the Las Vegas ATF K-9 Unit. Learn what it takes to train the extremely keen senses of the ATF K-9 unit, and meet one of these disciplined yet friendly dogs.

The Role of the Forensic Dentist - Dr. Ed Herschaft DDS, MA is a Professor of Biomedical Sciences at UNLV's School of Dental Medicine, and is also a forensic dental consultant of the Las Vegas Coroner's Office. In this presentation you will learn the dentist's role in the identification of victims and analysis of bite pattern injuries.

 Lunch: Lunch at the UNLV Dining Commons with a variety of choices.
 Afternoon: Fieldtrip - Bodies The Exhibit at the Luxor Hotel and Casino - This Exhibition is a celebration of the beautiful and amazing intricacies of the human form and features actual human specimens which allows access to sights and knowledge normally reserved only for medical professionals.
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet at the Hotel.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lectures / Field trip
(Wednesday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Breakfast is not included with the commuter rate.
 Morning: "Homicide Investigation: Myth vs. Reality" - A retired LVMPD Homicide Detective will guide you through the basics of homicide investigating while providing plenty of personal experiences and reviewing actual homicide cases. More than a few myths will be busted along the way!
 Lunch: Lunch at the UNLV Dining Commons with a variety of choices.
 Afternoon: Fire and Explosion Investigators, Jeffrey D. Robinson and Jeffrey Lomprey, walk you through the basics of arson investigation while providing personal experiences and reviewing actual arson cases.
 Dinner: Dinner Buffet at the hotel.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lectures / Farewell Dinner
(Thursday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Breakfast is not included with the commuter rate.
 Morning: "Blood Pattern Analysis and DNA" Listen as Jason Cole, a working Henderson Police Department crime lab staff member, explains how blood patterns can determine what took place before the police arrived and how DNA can be used to bring the guilty to justice.
 Lunch: Lunch at the UNLV Dining Commons with a wide variety of choices.
 Afternoon: Fingerprinting hands-on experience and presentation on modern day fingerprinting methods by a Henderson Police Department staff member.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner - Enjoy an exquisite, cuisine with the group.
 Evening: Free time.
   
Accommodations: Harrah's Las Vegas
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip / Departure Day
(Friday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Breakfast is not included with the commuter rate.
 Morning: Field trip - Henderson Detention Center. See where criminals end up when they get caught!
 Afternoon: Back to hotel for hotel check-out by 11am
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
702-735-1616 For additional information, visit www.lvchamber.com
  Las Vegas tourism website
Find out about Las Vegas shows, attractions, dining, shopping, casinos, history, sports, golf, music, spas, nightlife, and weddings For additional information, visit www.visitlasvegas.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Henry Lee's Crime Scene Handbook


Author: By Henry C. Lee, Timothy Palmback, Marilyn T. Millar


Description: Academic Press - 409 pages (lots of photos)



Techniques of Crime Scene Investigations (7th edition)


Author: By Barry A. J. Fisher


Description: CRC Press - 473 Pages (lots of photos)





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