LETHBRIDGE: Thursday marked the last day for a CSI-style course that's a first for Lethbridge and for Canada. Fish and wildlife officers from across Canada flocked to Lethbridge College this week for a special forensics course.
"The huge response really surprised me," says the course instructor, Allan Orr. "And about half of those enrolled are alumni from our degree program who are coming back for additional training." A refresher for some who may have learned some of the techniques when they were first hired, the course showed officers how to use forensic techniques, like analyzing footprints and animal carcasses, to look for evidence of poaching. Orr says the aim is to get them comfortable enough to do this kind of analysis right there in the field without having to rely on lab testing.
"They become far more efficient and a lot quicker," he says. "Instead of having to wait two or three or four months for lab results, they can do a lot of that work themselves, so they save tons of time."
The course was funded by Parks Canada, Environment Canada and Alberta Fish and Wildlife, who helped bring the class here after noticing how popular a similar U.S. version of the course became after it began in 2007. Orr says this first Canadian attempt was so successful, they're already planning to do it again next year. "All this is part of making sure that our natural resources that we enjoy today are available for our children and grandchildren."
Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 3/8/2014 4:26:10 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: fish and wildlife officers practice making a plaster cast of footprints at Lethbridge College Thursday