MOSCOW – Local Bear Scout Pack 126 got hands-on experience learning how police officers collect and analyze evidence when they took part in a forensics class at the Moscow Borough Building in January. The lesson was led by Moscow Borough Police Department Patrolman Janniel De Jesus.
The idea came up when the Cub Master asked for a presentation in the field of forensics. There were about fifteen of the elementary school kids at Forensics 101.
The class was basically show and tell with some practical hands-on activities to make the concepts easy to understand.
De Jesus taught the kids the importance of taking photos and being methodical in cataloguing evidence in an investigation. They learned about equipment used in forensics for fingerprinting and marking items with UV light.
“It was a great time. The parents had a good time, they even had questions on certain things,” said Ptlm De Jesus.
The scouts were full of questions about how things worked or how officers determine an accident by looking at paint transfer between vehicles. The kids also kept Ptlm De Jesus on his toes with their questions.
“One question was can you tell a male or a female through their fingerprints,” he said.
The question surprised De Jesus, but he was able to respond that no, there was no difference.
A hands-on activity was using flour as fingerprint dust and seeing prints when they touch a dark colored soda bottle.
An interesting lesson came in the form of the two sets of twins, fraternal and identical, within the scouts. Through this activity, they could see that everyone's fingerprints were unique.
There was a lesson on using UV material to catch criminals with trace materials. De Jesus demonstrated this by having a participant touch a coin and then another item. He showed how things can transfer from one surface to another.
The scouts also used Play-Doh to simulate taking a cast of their hands and feet.
“The kids were really enthusiastic,” De Jesus said. “They had a really good time.”
There were 107 calls to 911 in the month of January, with 101 being cleared. In January 2016 there were 130 calls to 911.
Police Chief Ivy Brenzel assisted the Lackawanna County Sheriff's Department, assisted in an EMS emergency, assisted police twice, acted as an escort twice and performed a background check.
Brenzel investigated an abandoned vehicle, a suspicious vehicle, found property, conducted seven house check requests, completed one records check and conducted a welfare check.
Brenzel issued a child safety seat violation and responded to a zoning violation. She investigated a case of identity theft, one case of harassment and one sex crime.
She also conducted three investigations, three follow-up investigations and responded to a fire alarm.
Brenzel responded to a street light out, three cases of property damage, performed routine Robic calibrations, was part of a search party and conducted a subpoena service.
Ptlm Brian Layland investigated an assault, a burglar alarm, two collisions, an investigation and a follow-up investigation, was part of a search party and responded to a traffic complaint.
Ptlm Martin Cieless assisted the Lackawanna County DA, Roaring Brook Police twice and assisted in two EMS emergencies.
Cieless investigated a burglary, a vehicle reported stolen, a fire alarm and completed an investigation and two follow-up investigations.
Cieless responded to one instance of road rage, a motor vehicle violation, two people locked out of vehicles, four suspicious people/vehicles and ten traffic complaints.
He also responded to an animal complaint, a parking violation and one street light out.
Ptlm Justin Zeiler assisted Penn State Police, Roaring Brook Police, Covington Police three times and an EMS emergency.
Zeiler responded to a disabled vehicle, a case of retail theft, two investigations and a special duty.
He also investigated a motor vehicle violation, one parking and two traffic complaints.
Ptlm Janniel De Jesus assisted Roaring Brook Police, conducted an investigation and performed special duty. He also responded to eleven snow ordinance violations and one traffic complaint.
Ptlm Robert Kratzer assisted Covington Police twice, responded to an ATV on the road and a homeless person.
Ptlm Matthew Cianfichi conducted an investigation and responded to a traffic complaint.
Training and Public Services
Moscow Police helped with “Russian Christmas in Moscow” with the North Pocono Cultural Society on January 7th. They escorted the horse and carriage rides on North Main Street.
Chief Brenzel attended the Scranton Area Crisis Intervention Team Stakeholder Kick-Off that addressed law enforcement response to mental illness at the Lackawanna County 911 Center in Jessup on January 31.
Several officers completed training courses in the past month.
Ptlm De Jesus completed the course “Law Enforcement OC Aerosol and Use of Force” at the Lackawanna College Police Academy.
Chief Brenzel, Ptlm Layland and Ptlm Cieless completed the Commonwealth Law Enforcement Assistance Network Recertification Process through JNET.
Ptlm Layland completed the course Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) at the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Committee on January 30, 2017.