Saturday, December 05, 2015

Detectives help students hone crime-scene reporting techniques in presentation, Q&A

Story focus & structure, ledes & explanatory paragraphs, narrative storytelling, profile writing among topics covered at St. Francis – St. Hedwig School, Naugatuck, CT, 12-4-15.

Connecticut State Police Major Crime Squad Detectives Matt Greenstein [above] and Brian Connolly report students were sharp and on point asking detailed questions about 90-minute truck chase, fire and shooting.

  • School website

  • About the District
    Major Crime Squad:

    The primary responsibility of the District Major Crime Squad is to conduct all major investigations that occur within the District, and to identify, collect, and preserve all items containing evidentiary value.

    The Major Crime Squad assists all Troops and local Police Departments with case investigations within the District by providing technical assistance.

    Major Crime Squad personnel respond, upon request, to assist all local Police Departments within the District with crime scene processing expertise. Major Crime Squad personnel routinely work in conjunction with State and Federal law enforcement agencies

  • Crime scene video

  • Cool Justice Editor’s Note: Students reported on this incident after questioning detectives – who, for purposes of this exercise – acted as police spokesmen. Before viewing the video, students discussed judgments they would have to make regarding which facts were most important. The program was developed by school principal John Salatto, English teacher Sue Guarino and Andy Thibault in cooperation with the Connecticut State Police. Special thanks to Sgt. Ralph Soda and Lt. Col. Warren Hyatt.

    Detective Brian Connolly responds to questions.

    Detective Matt Greenstein lists facts elicited from questions.

    As deadline for writing first draft approaches, Detectives Brian Connolly also asks questions of the student reporters including the judgments they were making regarding the focus of their stories.

    Unanswered question: Who had more fun, detectives or students?


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