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Real-Life CSI: Case Studies in Forensic Science

Program Number: 16531RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Price starting at: $766.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Forensics and crime-scene investigation play an essential role in modern police work. Immerse yourself in the world of real-life crime scene investigators to better understand this challenging field and learn how it differs from popular TV and movie portrayals. This is real CSI, with classes taught by active investigators and crime scene technicians. On the lighter side, enjoy a dinner-theater mystery performance.




Highlights

Learn to secure, document, and photograph a crime scene just like a professional investigator.
Following procedures and processes for collecting, analyzing, and preserving physical evidence.
See how you do as a crime-scene investigator, applying your newfound skills as you get your hands dirty working on a mock crime scene.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.



Coordinated by Stetson University.




Daytona Beach

The World's Most Famous Beach attracts nearly eight million vacationers each year. Daytona also boasts a thriving automobile racing tradition, year-round golf, and a host of cultural and recreational opportunities for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts.



Accommodations
Oceanfront hotel with outdoor heated pool and free parking.

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

A veteran of law enforcement, Lieutenant Sean Gowan is an investigative supervisor at the Volusia County Sheriff Office. He has also been a patrol officer, general and juvenile sex crimes investigator, and has seen it all from burglaries to homicides. An expert in criminal law and investigation, Sean is armed with his holster and his impressive knowledge, including a bachelors degree in business administration from Stetson University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
  Daytona Beach, FL 5 nights
 Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Located on the World's Most Famous Beach.
  Contact info: 2225 S. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach Shores, FL 32118 USA
phone: 386-252-9631
web: www.bwakutiki.com/
  Room amenities: Color TV, Free HBO, individually controlled air conditioning and heating, phones with dataports, hairdryers, ironing boards, irons, and coffee.
  Facility amenities: Heated pool.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $79-109. Ask for Road Scholar rate. Does not apply during special events.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $79-109. Ask for Road Scholar rate. Does not apply during special events.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sunday at 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Aku Tiki Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Friday at 1:00 p.m. You will be staying at Best Western Aku Tiki Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All PARTICIPATION INFORMATION FORMS must be signed and turned in by the beginning of the program.
  Parking availability:
Free on-site parking for duration of program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Daytona Beach, FL
  Nearest city or town:  Daytona Beach
  Nearest highway: I-95, 92, and I-4
  Nearest airport:  Daytona Beach
  From End of Program
  Location: Daytona Beach, FL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Daytona Beach

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Taxi
phone: 386-255-0000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15.00 from Daytona Beach Airport. Prices subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

7 miles

   

www.americantaxidaytona.com This price is from the Daytona Beach International airport to the Best Western Aku Tiki only! All prices are subject to change without notice. Other options may be available. You are responsible for all travel arrangements.

 
Driving Directions
  Best Western Aku Tiki - from North and South I-95 to the Daytona Beach exit (Highway 92). Go east on 92 till you reach Atlantic Ave. Turn right. Hotel on left about 2 miles.
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, get acquainted, dinner and orientation. Get settled and ready for a fun filled week of learning and "playing" CSI.
(Sunday, March 29)
   
 Afternoon: REGISTRATION will be in the Tiki room and begins at 4:00 pm. We will also have a get acquainted session.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in Traders Restaurant at the hotel.
 Evening: ORIENTATION will be after dinner and we will go over the weekly schedule and answer any questions you may have. After the orientation is over the rest of the evening is yours to settle in and get ready for a fun filled week of CSI.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Learn about crime scene investigations.
(Monday, March 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be held at the hotel.
 Morning: Begin your exploration into the world of Crime Scene Investigations by learning about crime scene security, coordinating a crime scene unit response, and revisiting crime scene processing techniques from the past.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in Trader's Restaurant
 Afternoon: Continue your quest as we learn the importance of documenting the crime scene. Digital photography has taken its place in the world of CSI, and we will discuss techniques used by investigators when using digital photography to document the scene and apply those techniques in a classroom setting.
 Dinner: Dinner will be held at the hotel.
 Evening: We try and provide entertainment each evening. If there is no entertainment available, the evening will be yours to relax.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn all about latent fingerprints. Try fingerprinting on your own.
(Tuesday, March 31)

Note: Make sure you wear clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty. The fingerprint powder will wash out.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Latent fingerprints are the key to many successful Crime Scene Investigations. Learn how to develop latent fingerprints at a crime scene and learn how to recover the latent fingerprint so it can be submitted for analysis.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: We have the prints, now what? Learn about basic fingerprint patterns and techniques used by analysts to make comparisons.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.
 Evening: We try and provide entertainment each evening. If there is no entertainment available, the evening will be yours to relax.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn all about DNA comparisons.
(Wednesday, April 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be held at the hotel.
 Morning: Learn all about DNA Comparisons.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Advances in DNA comparisons have made the collection of biological evidence a needed skill for every Crime Scene Investigator. Learn collection and preservation techniques for blood and other biological evidence.
 Dinner: Dinner will be held at the hotel.
 Evening: We try and provide entertainment each evening. If there is no entertainment available, the evening will be yours to relax.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Process your very own mock crime scenes.
(Thursday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Apply your newly learned CSI skills as you explore and investigate a mock crime scene.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: You have processed your crime scene, what did you discover? Led by our resident expert, we will discuss the crime scenes you investigated, techniques you used and your conclusions based on the evidence.
 Dinner: Mystery Dinner Theatre
 Evening: Celebrate your success while dining at a Mystery Dinner Theatre. This professional theatre performance combined with dinner will give you a chance to relax and still apply your sleuthing abilities.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Aku Tiki Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program wrap-up and CSI Syndrome
(Friday, April 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.
 Morning: Television shows such as CSI have created an unrealistic view of Crime Scene Investigations. Together we will discuss the phenomena known as the CSI Syndrome. Program wrap-up
 Lunch: Closing lunch and graduation.
 Afternoon: Independent departures after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Daytona Beach, FL Daytona Beach guide
Daytona Beach Visitors guide from the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce. For additional information, visit www.daytonachamber.com/index.cfm
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


Bodies we have Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy. The World's Top CSI Training School


Author: Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch


Description: Two National Forensic Science Institute administrators invite readers into what the Washington Post calls "the Harvard of hellish violence"-the only hands-on CSI school of its kind where students are trained in burial recovery with actual human remains. With exclusive access to a world normally off-limits to the public, this is the first book to go behind the scenes of the ten-week course that discloses the uncensored realities of burial exhumations and the fascinating art of forensic investigation.



Blood Secrets: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist


Author: Rod Englert and Kathy Passero


Description: Blood Secrets reveals how forensic experts read the story of a murder told in the traces of blood left behind, providing crucial evidence that has helped convict criminals who might have otherwise walked free. When Rod Englert began his career in law enforcement, virtually no police force in the world knew how to correctly examine blood spatter. He spent years studying and testing how blood behaves, pioneering a vital new tool that is now a part of any criminal investigation. In Blood Secrets he demonstrates how detectives and forensic experts use blood-spatter analysis to solve real cases. How can the police tell what type of murder weapon was used when the body is missing and all that's left is a trace of gore? How can they tell if a victim was moved, or which person in a room fired the fatal shot? Englert lays out what he's learned on a variety of intriguing cases, from puzzling murders in tiny, remote towns to the highest-profile celebrity trials--including O. J. Simpson, Robert Blake, and many others. Filled with fascinating details of forensic science and real-life CSI stories, Blood Secrets shows the techniques and tools used to decipher blood spatter's code.





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