FAIRBANKS — Television is filled with fictionalized versions of doctors, detectives and police officers. Lately, almost more than any other career, crime scene investigators have been depicted on TV.

But what is it really like to be a crime scene investigator? That’s the question a group of Alaska students hoped to learn the answer to this summer as they participate in the CSI Forensics Camp in Anchorage.

The camp, June 6-10, gave students an inside look at crime scene investigation and other aspects of careers in public safety. Students spent the first three days of the camp learning about crime scene studies directly from industry professionals. The segments included processing multiple mock crime scenes the same way professionals might.

The fourth day of camp sent students to numerous field sites in Anchorage to see things first hand. Students visited the Anchorage Police Department’s training center and the Department of Public Safety’s aviation hangar, where they learned about the tools used on a daily basis by police officers and Alaska State Troopers.

Participants also had the chance to meet and ask questions of FBI special agents and United States Deputy Marshals.

The camp wrapped up on its final day at the Rabbit Creek Shooting Range, at which students received firearm safety and shooting skills from Department of Fish and Game instructors.

The CSI Forensic Camp is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers and includes help from the U.S. Marshal Service, Anchorage Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Alaska State Troopers, and the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory.

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