Sept. 9-13, 2019, was a busy week for Southwestern Community College's (SWCC's) criminal justice program. The students heard from a number of speakers and the week included a workplace visit to the Des Moines Police Department and the Iowa Department of Public Safety. 

On Friday, Sept. 13, criminal justice students from the criminal investigation class attended a workplace visit to the Des Moines Police Department Crime Scene Unit (CSI), located at police headquarters, and the Oran Pape Building, home of the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Students were given a tour of the facility by CSI Angie Dierenfeld. During the facility tour, students saw the mobile crime scene vehicle and some of the equipment used in investigating crimes. Students received a tutorial of fingerprinting analysis and an understanding on the importance of ethical investigations. After the tour, students visited the Des Moines Police Museum and learned the history of the police department.

Students also had an opportunity to visit and tour the Oran Pape building. They were given a tour by DCI personnel and given a history of the Department of Public Safety. This included the records room and reviewing the qualifications required to join the department.

According to SWCC Criminal Justice Instructor Dio Ayala, these opportunities enhance the students learning and expands networking opportunities for the future. This is one of the many goals of the program.