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Local youth learn about crime solving

Hayden Johnson, Tyler Kelly Kay and Taylor Weihing check out the casts of the footprints from the crime scene.

The Emery Education camps sponsored the CSI camp. Three students participated at the Emery County Sheriff's Office. Detectives Norm Vuksinick and John Barnett facilitated the camp. They began by instructing the students about what it's like to work in law enforcement. Vuksinick said it is their job at a crime scene to put everything together to make a case.

Vuksinick said the sheriff's office must notify the county attorney's office anytime they are dealing with a serious crime. Deputy county attorney, Brent Langston talked to the participants. He told them they work closely with the sheriff's office. Evidence must be handled very carefully. The county attorney's office will review the evidence to determine if a crime has been committed and if they have enough evidence to prove it.

He told them if a person doesn't have enough money for a lawyer the courts will appoint one for them.

The CSI camp participants learned about finger printing and crime solving. They practiced finding finger prints at a mock crime scene. The processed the prints on a suspected vehicle and marked off the crime scene. Det. Vuksinick gave the students some finger print dusting powder and showed them how to lift prints from a surface.

The camp goers learned how to take plaster casts of tire prints and foot prints. They learned these prints are used to solve crimes. They can trace burglaries this way and they also can be used for evidence. One burglar in Orangeville left a perfect footprint outside the window and it was cast and used as evidence to convict the man.

Participant Taylor Weihing said he learned what happens with the evidence and how to obtain it. He has thought about being a cop in the future. Kay said it is nothing like it appears on TV and the crime shows. She might also like to be a cop in the future.

Hayden Johnson said it was interesting to learn how finger prints are lifted. The dust works with the oil in prints to lift them to the surface. The students enjoyed a pizza lunch to conclude their day learning about law enforcement and crime solving.

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