DoDDS Europe, Brandon Spragins
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany | May 16, 2014
All-around the Kaiserslautern Military Community, DoDDS Europe students observed Job Shadow Day on Friday, May 16, organizations provided areas of learning outlining daily routines and interesting facts for different jobs around the military community.
The 4th and 13th Field Investigation Squadron allowed students to become an agent for a day by participating in a mock investigation on Kapaun Air Station, Kaiserslautern where students learned more about the life of an agent and the tools used in the field.
When asked about Job Shadow Day, Special Agent Tanner Collins said, "The best thing is how they incorporate what they have learned in school and how it will come into play in the workforce. In today's mock investigation, a lot stems back to science."
Prior to investigating the mock crime scene, Special Agent Laurence Valdez, Tanner Collins, 13th Field Investigation Squadron and Special Agent Michelle Lux, 4th Field Investigation Squadron taught students how to properly handcuff a suspect, giving them the means of arresting their vandal upon capture.
After students demonstrated the knowledge of cuffing, they were briefed on the exact crime scene and how to observe, identifying possible evidence. As children started to shout out their observations from around the room, like a game of I-spy, agents confirmed their keen observances.
Now it was time for the students to collect the evidence properly.
Tool markings found around a mock door handle were collected using the method of casting a mold.
Fingerprints from the perpetrator were spotted on a window within the crime scene. Students then learned how to lift their own from a glass surface, demonstrating how the perpetrator's finger prints would have been properly collected from the window.
The last piece of evidence, a footprint, was photographed then collected using a means of casting to create a mold much like the tool markings were collected, outside near a tree.
In the end students helped in solving a mock criminal investigation, captured the culprit and left with a bag full of their collected evidence.
When asked about her thoughts pertaining to the mock investigation, Kaiserslautern Middle School student Madelyn Robinson said "Really cool, we learned about fingerprinting and how to make a mold for use in capturing our criminal."