During these past challenging years of the global pandemic, all our activities were moved online in order to ensure the safety of our staff and students. By adopting all recommended safety measures by the Maltese Ministry for Health and relevant authorities, this academic year we are finally able to safely carry out laboratory sessions in person at the Malta Life Sciences Park, providing students with invaluable hands-on experience, a key element in our programmes.
On 8th November a group of first-year Criminology students joined us for five full days of practical activities in the field of Crime Scene Investigation and Documentation. All students were provided with protective equipment and clothing, necessary to safely operate in a laboratory and while investigating a crime scene, including gloves, goggles, masks, shoe covers, lab coats, and bodysuits. They were each assigned a specific role, such as Crime Scene Manager, photographer, analyst, etc., and they had to work as real experts, cooperating with other members of the team and facing different scenarios, both indoor and outdoor, directly experiencing the different challenges involved in the investigation of a crime scene, even on a rainy day.
Students had the chance to use many technical forensic equipment, such as forensic lights, fingerprint powders, and microscopes, to analyse evidence collected during their crime scene investigation as well as their own fingerprints looking for minutiae.
We are now looking forward to welcoming the next group of students who will join us for another practical session on 29 November!