Wayne Community College

3000 Wayne Memorial Dr, Goldsboro, NC 27534-8002

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Individuals with an interest in crime scenes and how they are analyzed may be interested in Wayne Community College's Latent Evidence concentration within the Criminal Justice Technology Associate program.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with a knowledge of latent evidence systems and operations, with a focus on local, state, and federal procedures for evidence processing.  Courses cover topics such as processing crime scenes, fingerprint classification and identification, and interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects.  Students should learn problem solving, critical reasoning, and ethical skills that can prove invaluable in crime scene investigation.  Also covered are issues regarding communication and the role of computers and computer-assisted design in crime scene investigation.

The Latent Evidence program consists of a total of 66 credit hours which may be earned in as little as four semesters.  Coursework is delivered through a combination of online and classroom education.  This hybrid format allows for the convenience of online education while still providing students with the interactive learning communities that are found in traditional college classrooms.  The program also features several opportunities for hands-on lab experiences where students learn how to process evidence found at crime scenes.  The small class sizes allow for the one-on-one interaction with professors that is often unrealistic in larger institutions.  Graduates may be qualified for positions as crime scene processors within law enforcement agencies.  The Latent Evidence concentration provides students with the opportunity to work in the field of crime scene investigation.

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