Solve a Real Life Whodunnit at Summer Camp

Solve a Real Life Whodunnit at Summer Camp

by Susan Neuhalfen

Are you looking for something really cool for your kids to do this summer? How about letting them live out a real life mystery for a week? The Corinth Police Department has just the ticket.

Kids ages 13-17 are invited to attend a week long CSI Camp.  Program participants spend a week at the Corinth Police Department receiving instruction from various members of the department as well as fellow agencies.  They will get to play out a real whodunnit crime and solve the mystery.

18-year veteran Lt. Jimmy Gregg of the Corinth Police Department says this is his favorite part of the summer and he’s very excited for the kids.

“We’ve been doing this for eight years, so we’ve got it down,” said Lt. Gregg. “The kids always have a great week. We all do.”

During the week, students will learn how to diagram a mock crime scene, photograph the crime scene, cast a shoe print, get fingerprints and lots more as they solve the crime.  The kids will meet with a sketch artist as well as do their own sketches of “suspects”. Lt. Gregg says there’s also an additional learning aspect.

“Kids get to learn about all of the jobs in law enforcement,” said Lt. Gregg. “They may decide to make this their career path as a result of the camp.”

The students take field trips along the way as well. They visit the DEA to see the planes and other equipment used by the agency. A Care Flight lands so that they may see the helicopter up close and personal. DNA experts as well as other experts come in to talk about how their jobs are done. Members of the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, Denton County Emergency Services, Dallas Fort Worth Airport Police and Lake Cities Fire Department are just some of the partners involved in bringing the program to the kids.

So what is Lt. Gregg’s favorite part of the week?

“My favorite part is when the DFW Bomb Squad comes out to blow something up,” he laughs. “Last year it was a watermelon.”

Lt. Gregg said that after doing the camp for eight years, he’s amazed at the impact it’s had on so many attendees.

“I have kids who are now grown up come up to me on the street and tell how me how much they loved the camp,” he said. “They always say that it was the best summer camp they’d ever attended.”

The Camp is set for July 11-15 and spaces are limited so register today!

For more information visit the following link: www.cityofcorinth.com/526/Summer-Camps or call Lt. Gregg at 940-279-1510.


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