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Amherst kids learn how to investigate crime scenes during camp

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AMHERST, MA (WSHM) -

A group of middle school students participated in an adventure camp put on by the Amherst and UMass police departments, where kids could learn about crime scenes.

The kids got their hands dirty for most of the afternoon digging up plastic bones. The weeklong camp lets kids learn about crime scene investigation and the importance of evidence.

"We got them involved with policing, a forensic dig, and having some fun," said Officer Yvonne Feliciano, of the Amherst Police Department.

Amherst Police Capt. Jennifer Gundersen said the camp is a community policing program.

"We also use this as a recruiting tool, so we can have young adults see what policing is about," said Gunderson.

A UMass anthropology professor helps out with the camp to teach the kids the science of investigating the crime scene. The kids were put to the test at the end of the dig, and the groups had to answer several questions.

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