CSI program gets funds enhancement
By Jamie Anfenson-Comeau
Eunice’s crime scene investigations program received a big boost this month, according to Fire and Emergency Services Program Director Steve Gervaise.
Gervaise told the Eunice Rotary Club that the program was awarded a Louisiana Board of Regents Program Enhancement grant of $130,000 earlier this month.
“LSUE’s little secret,” as Gervaise referred to the CSI-Eunice program, is one of the top programs in the state for crime scene investigation.
With the grant, Gervaise said, “Hopefully we will be the school in the state for this; it would take years for another school to catch up to us.”
The program received a big boost in the spring of 2005, when an agreement with the St. Landry Parish District Attorney’s Office allowed the college to house and have access to the St. Landry Parish Crime Scene Laboratory.
The mobile lab is a fully-customized trailer, containing the latest forensic science kits and supplies.
Last summer, students had the opportunity to put their skills to work when Gervaise set up a mock crime scene at the Bengal Village on-campus apartments.
Using a mannequin as the murder victim and a fake gun as the murder weapon, Gervaise set the scene for his students to use all the skills they had learned in the program as they conducted their own crime scene investigation.