Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — Processing crime scenes just got even more high-tech thanks to a new and exclusive piece of equipment at HGTC.
Criminal justice students and local law enforcement will benefit.
This crime scene lab has all the bells and whistles.
Forensic photography, blood stain pattern analysis and fingerprint science are just some of the basics being taught in the Criminal Justice Program at Horry Georgetown Technical College.
"These are hands-on techniques that they can use in that profession with processing their own crime scenes such as burglary scenes, car break-ins and domestic violence cases," said Professor Jeffrey Scott.
Processing crime scenes is all about STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
"All these forensic devices that we have are preparing us to use the departments' devices when we have the opportunity to when we go into that field of law enforcement," said student Daniel Formato, 18.
Now the crime scene lab is even more high-tech. The college is one of the only schools on the East Coast to have this FARO 3D Crime Scene Scanning System.
The state of the art device allows law enforcement to scan a crime scene more thoroughly so they don't miss any crucial evidence.
Even local departments will benefit. "We're going to bring other entities in and will provide a service of training for them on the East Coast," Professor Scott told ABC 15.
"Using this program is going to prepare me for my future in policing," said Formato.
He has always kept his eyes on the prize. "Ever since I was a kid I was interested in the field of criminal justice and putting bad guys away and helping the community," Formato recalled.
Now he's closer than ever to his dream of applying to be a police officer. "The city of Myrtle Beach right now is my top choice for law enforcement."
Formato is learning from a pro. Professor Scott was in law enforcement for 17 years. "This is passing on techniques, knowledge and technology that we've learned over the years to help them be the next generation to actually do this work," Scott said.