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Forensic Identification Lab: Exploring the Recovery of Surface-Scattered Remains

Tags: June 2022, Vol. 2, Issue 4

On March 28, an innovative lab took place on campus for students in the Forensic Identification (FI) program. This in-person lab focused on exploring the recovery of surface-scattered remains and was held in the field behind the J and K Cottages by the Lakeshore Campus. Toronto Police Service Constable Mike Ramsey of Emergency Management joined the class and used their drone to demonstrate how captured images can assist in visually understanding and maximizing search parameters. The drone produces precise 3D mapping to understand how the remains can be scattered.

Toronto Police Sgt. Dave Dickinson and his cadaver dog, Briggs, were also put into action and aided in detecting the labs human remains. When Briggs detected the scent of human remains, Briggs would immediately sit and was rewarded by Sgt. Dickinson with a round of ball playing. The exercise was led by Forensic Anthropologist Greg Olson with the goal of teaching students on how to search large areas and recover surface-scattered remains.

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Sgt. Dave Dickinson and Briggs running

Sgt. Dave Dickinson and Briggs standing

Police Service Constable Mike Ramsey using a drone

Drone shot of the forensic identification team

Police Sgt. Dave Dickinson with a drone