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Kids CSI Camp Reinforces Academics

KIDS CSI CAMP - The new school year begins this week for many youngsters in the Red River Radio listening area and often teachers have students begin with a time-honored back-to-school tradition to write a short paper on:  "What I did during my summer vacation".  While this writing exercise is sure to bring the usual subject matter, like going to the lake or attending summer camp. But for some Caddo and Bossier students,  they'll be able to share an summertime  experience  that  is a bit out of the ordinary.  Middle Schoolers get to attend a Kids Crime Scene Investigation Camp,  it's a two-day event that is offered through the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office and takes place at Safety Town in South Shreveport.

Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News
Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

"What we do basically is give them a run down of how we operate, how we work a crime scene," explained Crime Scene Investigator Corporal John McCain. "We'll set up a mock crime scene for them to work with different stations and different pieces of evidence they can gather and pick up. And then we follow on through the process all the way up to packaging the evidence, writing a report and then presenting it to my supervisor just like I would on a real crime scene for his evaluation, let him ask questions."

The Kids CSI Camp takes place during the Springbreak and Summer, it’s limited to Middle-School aged kids, but Corporal McCane  says it may be expanded.  If you’d like more information:  go to the website: Caddosheriff.org and search Community Programs.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.