What looked like a Hollywood set on Rockdale Road in West Haven Friday was a staged, yet realistic, crime scene created for 35 teens.
The high school students from across the country put their skills to the test after learning advanced techniques all week at Crime Scene Investigation Camp at the University of New Haven.
Program director Peter Massey and his staff transformed the Rockdale Road house, which is owned by the university, into a bloody crime scene, scattered with fake drugs, blood splatter evidence and cotton mannequin bodies.
“It’s a lot more intense when you’re doing this here because you have to take everything that you were taught and everything that you’ve learned, and apply it,” Jacob Bladd, of Middletown, said.
Massey emphasized the importance of training his students in a simulated situation and “in the correct, right way.”
“Again, we don’t want to do shortcuts.