K-9 Demo, Mock Crime Scene Part of Nashville Criminal Justice Program Activities

Jul 10, 2014

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Criminal Justice students at our Nashville Campus participated in two instructive and very informative class activities that happened on Campus during the month of May.

K-9 Police Dog Information Session and Demonstration
On May 8, Damon McCook and Officer Ali Hemyari visited our Criminal Justice group to talk about the training process for police dogs. Both Mr. McCook and Officer Hemyari are associated with Nashville K-9, which trains dogs for police departments throughout the country and provides other types of dog-training services.

Their special guest was Ammo, a Belgian Malinois (Shepherd Dog), who is cross-trained as a search and attack dog. Ammo is scheduled to work for the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department, in Franklin, Tennessee.

Criminal Justice Instructor Tom Essary said, “Our students were excited to witness several training and command techniques in person. They also learned about animal care and related costs and about how the dogs are used by various departments.”

Mock Hit-and-Run Accident and Investigation
On May 19, upon their arrival for class, Nashville’s evening Criminal Justice students were dispatched to the Campus parking lot where, with no advance notice, they were asked to complete a full investigation of a mock hit-and-run accident with injuries, including a fatality.

The accident was staged in the parking lot so that our students could investigate and report on the details.

Each student was assigned responsibility for a different part of the investigation, including diagramming the accident scene, giving first aid to the accident victims, notifying the coroner, clearing the scene, writing the accident report, and assigning someone to conduct the death notification.

The mock accident ended in an arrest of the driver of the hit-and-run vehicle. Instructor Essary said, “This project was very intense, but our students responded well, demonstrated their professionalism under pressure, and really showed their level of learning.”

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