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New crime scene reenactment program teaches detectives and nurses to work together

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Participants survey the recreation of a crime scene to learn to evaluate a gunshot wound. Participants survey the recreation of a crime scene to learn to evaluate a gunshot wound.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Cars with bullet holes, evidence scattered about and gunshot wounds that look very real -- all for the purpose of learning.

It's called a gunshot wound evaluation program and its the first of its kind in the United States.

Three different crime scenes were created Tuesday and Wednesday for detectives to learn how to properly investigate gunshot wounds and for medical professionals to learn how to preserve evidence.

The course was designed by LMPD police surgeon Dr. Bill Smock.

"This is a service that we will provide to those detectives so that they will come to us, learn the latest techniques, and learn what needs to be preserved and how they may change their protocol for the investigation of officer involved shootings," Dr. Smock told WDRB.

21 police detectives with Indiana State Police and a trauma nurse are the first to take the course.

"All these folks come together. They learn what each other's jobs are. It's also a refresher course for some of our crime scene investigators," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin with ISP.

One of the scenes was a domestic dispute. The others were re-enactments of actual officer involved shootings.

"Unfortunately, here in the news lately, we've had a lot of police action shootings and Indiana State Police takes pride in being the best trained agency in Indiana," said Goodin.

Three different groups of detectives work each scene and present a report at the end of the course on what they think took place and who the shooter was.

"This is something hopefully all police departments will go to," said Goodin.

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