POWELL, Wyoming — Big Horn Basin residents interested in learning about the real science behind television shows like “Criminal Minds” and “CSI” and related careers in law enforcement are invited to enroll now for a three-night course starting Thursday, April 9, at Northwest College.
The one-credit class covers several themes, beginning the first night with a multidimensional look at psychopaths and a historical examination of serial killers, differentiating between mass, spree and serial murders.
The second class, Thursday, April 16, is a Citizen’s Police Academy Training covering crime scene investigation, law enforcement training in use of force, corrections officer training in a mock jail cell, and traffic stop search and seizure protocol. Students will each participate in a 300-degree wrap-around firearms simulator exercise to get a virtual taste of the split-second, life-and-death decisions made by law enforcement officers in the field.
The April 23 class introduces criminal profiling and explores careers in criminal justice and forensic science.
Students enrolled in the class will also receive free tickets to the Wednesday, April 29, public lecture by John Douglas, founder and former chief of the FBI’s Investigative Support Unit and widely recognized pioneer in modern criminal profiling.
A trio of NWC faculty will teach the course: Eric Silk, assistant professor of psychology; Lou McPhail, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Dave Erickson, professor of sociology.
Classes meet from 6-10 p.m. and discuss sensitive material associated with criminal behaviors that may be offensive to some people.
Cost for this Introduction to this Forensic Science and Law Enforcement course is $109.
To register, or for more information, call 307-754-6148 or stop in Room 102 of the Orendorff Building on the NWC campus.
Because of the anticipated response to this class, early registration is advised.