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Riverside students learn the science behind policing

By in Press Enterprise on July 27, 2017

By Imran Ghori

Anthony Zamora surveyed the ransacked table and took photos of evidence from a burglary: a keyboard thrown on the ground, a latex glove, a notepad with a message.

“Everything that looked out of place, didn’t look normal, I took a picture,” said Zamora, a 16-year-old student at North High School in Riverside.

His teammate, Andrea Contreras, 16, also a North student, with a red evidence kit in hand, then began checking the mock crime scene for fingerprints. She used a brush, tape and black powder.

They were among 40 Riverside high school students taking part this week in a program offering hands-on demonstrations of law enforcement careers that involve science and technology.

The learning lab was staged by the Science and Technology Education Partnership, the Riverside Police Department, Riverside Fire Department and Bourns Inc., a Riverside electronics manufacturer.

“What we want to do is have more of our local students in Riverside, Moreno Valley, study science in schools,” said Gordon Bourns, chairman and CEO of Bourns, Inc. and vice president of the partnership group.

  • Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

    Eli Chew, a 17-year-old student from Woodcrest Christian High School, looks for fingerprints on a cup during a science program run by the Riverside Police Department on Wednesday, July 26, at Bourns Technology Center in Riverside.

  • Selena McKay-Davis, a Senior Forensic Specialist for Riverside Police Department, talks to students about fingerprint patterns during a S.T.E.M. program through the Riverside Police Department on Tuesday, July 26, 2017. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Photo by Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG

    Selena McKay-Davis, a senior forensic specialist for the Riverside Police Department, talks to high school students about fingerprint patterns during a summer science program Wednesday, July 26.

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