Summer camp cadets get look at science behind policework | Local News

SELINSGROVE — Troopers showed off forensic tools and techniques used to solve crimes on the first full day of the weeklong Camp Cadet — a state police summer camp for teens in a nine-county region of Northcentral Pennsylvania.

Troopers Jim Wool and Brandon Schrawder, of the Forensic Services Unit, unloaded gear from their operations van and carefully explained how science and technology are used to collect evidence like shoeprints on a dusty surface, fingerprints from a soda can and blood on a bleached-clean floor.

“It just comes down to what you’re looking for,” Schrawder said as he explained the use of Alternate Light Source equipment centered on UV light to detect prints and body fluids.

“What we do is not a game of speed, that’s for sure,” Wool said.

There are 79 cadets attending camp this week at Susquehanna University, according to Trooper Rick Blair, Troop F public information officer. The ratio of males to females is about 2:1. The cadets, between ages 12 and 15, come from nine counties including Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union.

They spend the week in a structured environment — waking at 4:30 a.m., reporting for physical training at 5 a.m., marching the campus to the cadence of an instructor.


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Trooper Brandon Schrawder takes finger prints from Camp Cadet campers Nikia Ruppert, 13, Milton, Justianna Swank-Leach, 13, Milton, and Kayleigh Daubert, 11, Herndon, on Monday afternoon during a forensics demonstration.

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