Verona High School Criminal Justice Class Gives Students Hands On Experience

Credits: Sonia Owchariw
Detective Anthony Condorelli of Verona Police Department with Junior and Senior students from Verona High School Credits: Sonia Owchariw
Detective Anthony Condorelli of Verona Police Department with Junior and Senior students from Verona High School Credits: Sonia Owchariw
Credits: Sonia Owchariw
Credits: Sonia Owchariw
Credits: Sonia Owchariw

VERONA - On Dec. 2, Verona High School students who are studying Criminal Justice, learned how to investigate three separate crime scenes with the assistance of the Verona Police Department.

The juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the elective called, “Criminal Justice,” taught by History and Social Science teacher, Christopher Tamburro, studied three crime scenarios.  Students listened to the evidence prepared by detectives and took notes in order to understand the case.  Students peppered questions to the detectives such as who was involved, how the crime was discovered and was the case solved.

The Criminal Justice class is offered twice a year at Verona High School and offers classroom theory and field experience.  “We are focusing on fingerprints, blood, DNA and projectile evidence collected on Friday’s field experience,” Detective Joel Martin, Director of the Juvenile Division said.

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Despite the chilled temperatures, Martin was on deck to answer questions and arranged the outdoor experience for the students.

“I teach in the classroom topics such as the Constitution, policing, traffic stops, and understanding of the justice system,” he said.

Criminal justice students gathered fingerprints and helped to work toward building a case.  “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with the local police and to learn a crime scene,” Tamburro said.

“It’s been a great experience for the students and the police to interact and discuss the three different crime scenes,” Martin said.

Students also watched Detective Anthony Condorelli pull prints from a stolen car that was recovered from a crime scene.  The blue two-door Avenger sat in the parking lot on Commerce Road with a cracked windshield.  Condorelli asked students to put their hands and fingerprints on the car to demonstrate how fingerprints are gathered.

Junior Kate Stanisci said, “I think it’s really cool that we can experience this class because not many schools offer this type of class.  It’s a lot better to be out of the classroom and learn firsthand.”

“There are so many parts of criminal justice and interesting.  It may help me to pursue an area of criminal justice in the future,” Junior Victoria Socci said.

According to Tamburro, some former students have pursued careers in criminal justice, psychology and law.  The early experience from the Criminal Justice class inspires students to further satisfy their interest in the field of law and justice.

“Learning from the experts in the field is a great opportunity and moving forward we can tailor the class to student’s experience and that’s what’s great about the experience,” he said.

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