Crime Scene Investigation (Grades 10 & Up)

Are you fascinated by crime scene investigations? Do you want to learn how detectives solve crimes, interview individuals, detect deception, and analyze evidence? Then come participate in this interactive hands on experience with a former FBI agent, ISP, and professional crime scene and criminal justice professionals.

NEW for the summer of 2020 will be lie detector testing, accident reconstruction, and more cyber & homocide investigation content!  Now in it's fourth year, CSI camp introduces students to the world of law enforcement with the help of LEJA Faculty and members of both state & county agencies. 

Location The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday, beginning at 7:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 3 p.m.
Dates June 21-25, 2020
Included in the program

Participate in several criminal investigations, including the investigation and trial of a street robbery/homicide case.
Collect evidence, recover drugs, compare ballistic and fingerprint specimens, analyze blood spatter, draw crime scene sketches and write basic reports.
Learn about the use of informants and how undercover operations are handled.
Practice the craft of interviewing and interrogating witnesses and suspects and develop skills in detecting deception.
As the case develops, learn about and select a jury, act as witness, testify before the court, play the roles of prosecution and defense attorneys, and decide the fate of the suspected perpetrator.

Participation Criteria Program is open to students in grades ten and up who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited, so please register early.


Special Features: 

Top faculty from WIU’s School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, coordinate the instructional portion of the program. Participants experience interactive exposure to the University environment with hands-on activities.


Students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $275 commuter and $350 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Cost Commuter Cost: $275
Residential Cost: $350
Register before March 13, 2020 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarship

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Deadline Two weeks prior to the start of camp. 



  • Dr.Todd Lough
  • Associate Professor
  • LEJA
  • Western Illinois University


  • Glen Schwartz   
  • Professor
  • LEJA
  • Western Illinois University


  • Jill Myers
  • Professor and Director of the School of LEJA
  • Western Illinois University


Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911