By Thomas Hewitt
A former two-storey student accommodation at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton campus has been converted into a training crime scene which can be configured to look like a house, bar or shop.
The new building will help to ensure students are as prepared as possible for work in a variety of forensic and policing roles.
As well as students, the facility, now considered to be one of the biggest crime scene training facilities in the country, will also be utilised for training purposes by other external forensic and law enforcement agencies.
The new facility replaces the smaller crime scene house on the campus.
Principal lecturer in forensic science at NTU Emma Rixon thinks it now places the new complex among the best of its kind the country.
She said: “I am very excited by this new facility and what it can offer us in terms of teaching our students and being used as a training centre for police and other forensic providers.
“I am especially thrilled by the new blood laboratory as this offers us potential to carry out research and develop further teaching in this area.
“Being able to configure the facility into a bar or shop is very important as there can be particular forensic challenges with business venues which you perhaps wouldn’t get with domestic ones.
“The improved CCTV is also fantastic and we can’t wait to put it into use.”