UCR Extension Offers Free Lectures on Crime Fighting

“Evenings with the Experts” topics range from the prevention of child sex trafficking to biometrics and other crime fighting tools

By Elaine Regus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Trafficking children for sex is the fastest growing crime in the United States.

Every year, thousands of American boys and girls are recruited and sexually exploited by gangs and individuals living and working in our communities.  The average age when these young people are first trafficked is 12 to 13.

iStock_000000439671_MediumFind out what Million Kids and local agencies are doing to stop the abuse and start the healing. Opal Singleton, president and CEO of Million Kids and author of “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers ,” is one of the featured speakers for UCR Extension’s free lecture series beginning Wednesday, July 8.

The lectures will be presented at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave., Riverside, and will continue every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in July.

Topics and speakers are:

  • July 8: LA CLEAR: The Los Angeles Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse, Executive Director Eric Bunde and Deputy Director Carlos Solano.
  • July 15: Million Kids: Fighting Against Child Trafficking, Opal Singleton, president and CEO, Million Kids.
  • July 22: The Art and Science of Fingerprints, Ann Punter, Certified Latent Print Examiner.
  • July 29: VISLab: Visualization and Intelligent Systems Laboratory at UCR, Bir Bhanu, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and VISLab director.

UCR Extension launched the series to complement its Crime Scene Investigation Summer Academy.

“Each summer, we invite experts and specialists from our community to make presentations that reflect current technology and tools, procedures, specializations, and scientific resources,” said Jennifer Campbell, program coordinator for UCR Extension’s Science, Law and Humanities programs. “As a public service, we felt that this was a good learning opportunity for not only the students in our CSI program, but for students interested in pursuing criminal justice careers as well as the general public.”

This year’s academy, July 6 through Aug. 7, features an impressive line-up of experts in the crime scene investigation field. Instructors for the CSI Academy include: Steve Staggs, a retired UC Riverside Police captain who wrote one of the first field guides for crime scene photographers; David Falkner, a forensic entomologist, and Dr. Frank P. Sheridan, Chief Medical Examiner, San Bernardino County.

The Academy features courses in: Crime Scene Management; Crime Scene Photography; Fingerprint Techniques and Impression Evidence; Autopsy: Medicolegal Death Investigation; Survey of Criminalistics; Blood Stain Pattern Analysis; Forensic Entomology and Forensic Report Writing.

The Academy culminates with a hands-on practicum putting together the skills learned into practice at a mock crime scene. Students who complete the 17-unit CSI Academy plus a three-unit course on Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure at UCR Extension or an equivalent course at an accredited institution, will earn a Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation.

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