- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (AP) - Area children had the opportunity to act as police investigators on a mock crime scene during a youth outreach program at Charlestown-Clark County Public Library Wednesday.

The program was led by Clark County Chief of Detectives Donnie Bowyer, who was asked by library officials to offer some of his law enforcement expertise to the children.

Using video clips and a PowerPoint presentation, Bowyer first explained the basic principles of crime scene investigation.

After the interactive tutorial, the six children in attendance descended on the crime scene that included a “deceased” woman on the ground with a firearm in her hand, a syringe lying nearby, an overturned chair and several bloody handprints.

Bowyer then challenged the junior sleuths to properly process the grisly scene using the techniques he had taught moments earlier.

One child used a camera to photograph the scene, as a real detective would do. Bowyer supplied another child with a cotton swab and distilled water to collect “blood” found at the scene. Yet another child was delegated to carefully collect a firearm as evidence from the victim’s hand.

Bowyer told the children how crime scene investigators take steps to safely recover a possibly loaded firearm, even though the firearm at the mock scene was not loaded, and made of plastic.

Austin Bowles, 14, Sellersburg, told the News and Tribune (https://bit.ly/1mMDLFB ) he likes “decoding things” and that he found the event both educational and fun.

“I had not ever heard of anything like this before, and I thought it would be interesting,” he said of the unique library program. “I learned what evidence you can find at a crime scene and how to find it. I enjoyed it.”

Charlestown-Clark County Public Library Youth Adult Services Manager Luke Stifler said the crime scene investigation program went along with the library’s teenage summer-reading theme, “Spark a Reaction.”

“The programs we have planned throughout the summer have either involved something about science, or some sort of reaction,” Stifler said. “The science of CSI is still very popular. It is a program that other libraries have done that is very successful. It exposes kids to the reality of CSI, opposed to what they see on television.”

Stifler said he and others at the library were appreciative of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Bowyer’s participation in the library’s program.

“I think the kids had a good time and learned some things,” he said. “It is great to get professionals from the area to come and share their expertise with area kids.”


Information from: News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Ind., https://www.newsandtribune.com

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