Criminal Justice Team Scores Second Place

Criminal Justice Team Scores Second Place
When a body has been discovered, or a crime has occurred and no witnesses are available to tell of the tragedy that has taken place, then how will we know what has happened and who is responsible for this crime? Answering these questions is the goal of the crime scene investigators, and the criminal justice field at GSC offers students the opportunity to pursue this exciting career.

Recently three GSC students, Aaron Parsons (senior), Kyla Spencer (junior), and Garrett Rinehart (sophomore), attended the West Virginia Criminal Justice Educators Association conference held at Marshall University where they competed in the Annual Crime Scene Competition. In this event, with schools from across the state participating, students analyze a mock crime scene by taking photos, preparing a crime scene sketch, and marking evidence to discover clues as to what has occurred. They are judged on their ability to work as a team, their professionalism, and a final power point presentation on their conclusions of the entire event.

This was the first time in fourteen years that students from GSC have attended this conference, and the team did exceedingly well. After tying for first place with Fairmont State College, it came down to a final question showdown to decide who the victor would be. Although our students put forth an excellent effort, Fairmont was declared the winner in this intense competition with GSC coming in a very close  second.

“I think the outstanding work of our students reflects very positively, not only on Glenville State College, but also on the Criminal Justice Program which we believe to be the best in the state. Our mission is to make our GSC students the best in the state and prepare them to be successful Criminal Justice professionals. These students have been great ambassadors of Glenville State College, and their accomplishments have brought notoriety to themselves and our criminal justice program,” said Kelly Treece, GSC Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.

Next year’s event will take place at West Liberty, where plans are for more than one team to participate, and the following 2014 competition occurring here at Glenville State. A mock crime scene will be set up in the Criminal Justice House and various other sites on campus for students to analyze and collect data from. Although not open to the public to view because of the sensitive nature of the crime scene, we wish our criminal justice team good luck in these future events.  The GSC team is now making plans to compete in the crime scene contest at the American Criminal Justice Association’s 76th National Conference at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania in April.

If you would like more information about this event, or the criminal justice program offered here at GSC, please contact Kelly Treece, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, at (304)462-6282 or email at

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