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CSI Competition Coming to USD

Image CSI USD DCI agents process a crime scene. They will train USD students on crime scene investigation techniques Saturday on campus.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Agents with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation will teach the basics of crime scene investigation and then give University of South Dakota students the chance to test those skills in a competition.

Students and members of the public are invited to the training from 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, April 9, at the Beacom School of Business on the USD campus. Students and community members will learn the basics of crime scene investigation followed by a session called tools of the trade. Agents will demonstrate various techniques, including fingerprint identification, making casts and using black lights to show evidence that otherwise wouldn’t be visible. This training will take place in the Beacom School of Business, room 133.

The afternoon includes two events: the competition and a polygraph demonstration. In the competition, which will be held at Farber House and Dakota Hall, seven teams of five students will analyze and process “crime scenes” created by South Dakota DCI agents. Also during that time, eight students will have the opportunity to undergo a polygraph examination about the mock crime scenes.

“USD Criminal Justice Studies is committed to providing high impact learning experiences for our majors,” said Sandy McKeown, director of USD’s Criminal Justice Program. “These opportunities enhance students’ liberal arts education while bringing them into contact with professionals in the field. We are very proud to partner with South Dakota DCI to bring this hands-on learning opportunity to our campus. Experiences like this are what make USD the place to prepare for a career in criminal justice.”


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News