Mar. 25, the Criminal Justice Student Association will host the 13th annual CSI Challenge. The Mount will welcome around 100 undergraduate students from George Mason University, Towson University, University of Maryland, and Guelph Humber University from Canada for a competition of crime scene analytics.
Information about the crime scene itself is kept a secret until competition day so that the challenge may be as realistic as possible. In past years, the scene has been based on an actual crime that has happened in the Frederick or surrounding area. Following the investigation, there have been lectures by the investigators of the real crime scene. This year, the lecture following the competition is at 2 p.m. in Laughlin Auditorium.
The teams have spent the semester being trained to process a crime scene, including learning how to take fingerprints, collect evidence, interview witnesses, sketch the scene and more. The teams dress professionally and take on the personality of a real investigator, all the while being judged by members of some of the top law enforcement agencies across the East Coast.
This year, CJSA is excited to introduce a new systematic computer grading system, a technology that will make the competition more rigorous for competitors and easier for the judges. This was made possible by the assistance of Dr. Mauriello from the University of Maryland.
Project managers Tyler Sarnecki (’18) and Elizabeth Levi (’18) have been working since last school year to ensure that this year’s challenge is a success. Other members of CJSA and the Mount community also dedicate time to the challenge, acting as witnesses, timekeepers, and other volunteers to make the morning run smoothly.
At the end of the tournament, one team will leave with the Dine Cup, named after Chief Dine of Frederick County. Last year, the Dine Cup was awarded to a team from Guelph Humber for their outstanding investigation. The Mount is hoping to bring the trophy back home this year.