Stepping into the role of a detective

Lisa Russell is a final year BSc (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice student. She talks about her experiences of the Critical Issues in Crime Investigation module.

“Through the module, I have gained practical experience of what it is like to work as a detective, in an informal setting. This was through a crime scene simulation exercise where we had to work in teams to solve a crime. The experience has provided me with a valuable insight into how a criminal investigation is conducted and the role of a detective.

For the exercise our tutorial group were taken to a simulated crime scene on campus to investigate a homicide. We had to examine the body and the surrounding area, recording any evidence, possible CCTV footage and interview witnesses present at the scene. We then continued the exercise at a major incident room, where we received regular updates by senior investigating officers. We were also given snippets of information based on any requests we made; such as the results of any DNA tests.

Through studying the module I have developed key skills that include, problem solving, team working and critical thinking. It has encouraged me to think outside the box and to look at things from different perspectives. I have learnt to be open minded and to not focus too hard on just one thing, as you could get blindsided from alternative possibilities. Having these skills has given me confidence in my ability to enter a profession, which will have a positive impact on people’s lives.”