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Visitors check out the state-of-the-art equipment at the dedication of the new McCamey Crime Lab.
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School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Open House Nov. 11

October 8, 2019

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MACOMB, IL - - The Western Illinois University School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) will host an open house from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 in the McCamey Crime Lab in Tillman Hall 408.

Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with WIU LEJA faculty to process fingerprints, take tire or foot impressions, observe how drones are used to locate missing persons or offenders, engage in accident reconstruction, analyze blood spatter, as well as learn about interviewing individuals and detecting deception, delving into arson investigations and preparing for natural and manmade disasters. Visitors can also learn from faculty about careers in criminal justice and public safety, including CSI criminalistics; federal, state and local law enforcement; corrections and probation; terrorism; emergency management; homeland security; fire protection services; cyber investigations; law; drones and GIS; private security; juvenile justice and many more.

The McCamey Crime lab officially debuted for classes in January 2019. The state-of-the-art crime lab was made possible due to a sizeable donation from Jody '85 and the late Toby McCamey to honor their husband and son, the late Bill McCamey '80, MA '82, who was an LEJA professor emeritus. Bill worked at Western from 1982-12 and was considered a "forward thinker," always looking for new ways to recruit students and promote his department, as well as staying up to date on trends to enhance his students' education.

"The addition of the crime lab affords students experience in cutting-edge and best practice techniques taught by exceptional faculty who have real-world expertise in the field," School Director Jill Myers said. "The hands-on lab offers the link between academics and application of the theories to real world events."

To register or learn more, visit A lunch will be provided to all who register in advance.

For more information on the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, visit

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Office of University Relations