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Investigative Perceptions Explored at SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Day

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

SUNY Canton’s seventh annual Law Enforcement Day will feature new crime scene investigation methodology and will show the limited-distribution documentary by a north country native filmmaker.

Dr. Laura PettlerLaw Enforcement Day 2017 is titled “Investigative Perceptions” and will begin at 9 a.m. Monday (March 27) in the college’s Kingston Theater. It is held by the college’s Criminal Investigation and Criminal Justice departments to highlight the latest trends and developments in the law enforcement industry. All sessions are free and open to the public, but are specifically designed for current and future police officers.

Feature presentations include:

  • A Victim Centered Death Investigations session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. with Laura G. Pettler, Ph.D., a noted authority on physical and behavioral evidence. Pettler is an expert on crime scene staging, or the manipulation of evidence to misdirect an investigation. The presentation will offer a step-by-step demonstration on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate homicide cases while preventing a case from going cold.
  • The keynote presentation will start at 1 p.m. and will include a screening of “Officer Involved,” an unreleased film exploring perspectives in contemporary American policing. The film’s director and Ogdensburg native Patrick Shaver will provide the introduction and will lead a conversation at the conclusion of the movie. Shaver documented the detailed perspectives of American police officers involved in shootings. Officer Involved was an official selection of the 2016 Knoxville Film Festival.

Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation and related two- and four-year programs are among the most popular degrees offered at the college. SUNY Canton is also home to the state-certified David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy, which trains the majority of the North Country’s police force.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton College Foundation Helps Criminal Investigation Students Gain Real-World Experience

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The SUNY Canton College Foundation helped 20 students learn how to crack cold cases and unravel the mysteries of complex crimes.

The College Foundation recently contributed nearly $6,000, or about 75 percent of the cost for each student to participate in a two-day symposium with Laura G. Pettler, Ph.D., a noted authority on physical and behavioral evidence. Pettler is an expert on crime scene staging, or the manipulation of evidence to misdirect an investigation, according to Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., an associate professor who teaches in the Criminal Investigation program.

Students and faculty from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation program stand with Laura Pettler, Ph.D., during a recent crime scene staging symposium. The advanced learning opportunity was partially paid for by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

Students and faculty from the SUNY Canton Criminal Investigation program stand with Laura Pettler, Ph.D., during a recent crime scene staging symposium. The advanced learning opportunity was partially paid for by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

The training was previously reserved for law enforcement professionals. It was offered to a college-level audience for the first time at SUNY Canton. “Students would not have been able to access this professional-level training without assistance from the College Foundation,” Brown said.

Pettler’s approach is geared toward modern police investigation and interview techniques and employs the scientific method to focus on examining crime and the offenders who commit the acts.

Crime Scene Staging Laser Analysis“When our students analyze crime scenes, either in class or in real life, they can never discount the idea that the evidence has been altered,” said Brown. “Dr. Pettler illustrated examples where the evidence had been moved to suggest something else had happened. Such manipulation could point to the wrong suspect or even make the case unsolvable.”

Students said that the symposium used actual police files to help them establish the nature of a crime. “We actually got to solve a case and determine whether it was staged or not,” said Marissa O. Woodworth of Malone. “This is exactly what I want to do when I graduate.”

SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement Anne M. Sibley said funding the seminar was one of the many ways that the College Foundation supports students and the college as a whole.

“We were glad to be able to facilitate this real-world experience and career preparation for Criminal Justice students,” said Anne M. Sibley, vice president for advancement. ““Facilitating seminars, offering scholarships, faculty and staff development and campus enhancement awards are all ways that donor support helps advance the college’s mission.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.