Forensic Open day

forensic open day

Fascinated by crime? Does your mind boggle at how some crimes are solved?

You’re not alone. The subject of crime excites and inspires millions worldwide.

People of all ages who are interested in crime and crime solving – from how dogs are a firefighter’s best friend to what slip-ups tell investigators we are lying – are invited to the University of Portsmouth’s forensics open day this Saturday (MAY 13).

The free event is expected to draw hundreds of people keen to see crime from the viewpoint of University experts and crime fighters and to try their hand at solving crime.

Visitors can take their pick from a wide range of exhibits and talks, including:

  • a mocked up murder scene to learn first-hand how crime scene investigators collect fingerprints and other evidence;
  • how the way police interview suspects has changed and why;
  • how Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service investigates arson;
  • what’s being done in the UK to protect elephants in Africa from ivory poachers;
  • solving crimes on social media;
  • how insects can play a crucial role in helping solve crime;
  • a look inside Hampshire Constabulary’s forensic unit;
  • a chance to see inside the mock courtroom and learn more about how our justice system works; and
  • how body-worn cameras are helping fight crime.

Talks will be given by experts in their fields, from the University and Hampshire Constabulary.

Some of the events are designed for children, including a murder hunt in the University’s library.

University lecturers will be on hand to talk about their expertise in criminology, forensics, psychology, law and technology. They will discuss some of their more unusual research such as how investigators use our memory recall and how burglars choose which homes to steal from.

Professor Steve Savage, Director of the University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, said:  “The open day gives people the chance to talk to experts and find out what goes on behind the scenes of a genuine criminal investigation. Visitors have come in their droves to previous open days and have clearly enjoyed learning more about the complex, and sometimes incredible, advances in crime-fighting. This year’s event is even bigger and better.”

The event is organised by staff and students across the University, including from the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Psychology, Computing and Law, in collaboration with crime-fighting agencies.

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