"What do we have here?" (read more)
Whenever he’s back in town, Andy Pacejka visits his alma mater. The 1987 graduate of St. Joseph High School is never too busy to share with the Chargers his latest experiences as a forensic science manager for the identification section of the Utah Bureau of Forensic Services. In what better place to share his passion than the crime scene investigation class?
“I always look forward to coming back,” said Andy. “I know there are students who are interested in law enforcement and crime scenes are particularly fascinating for a wide range of people.”
Andy, who has appeared on local television and has testified at trials, spoke on a variety of his experiences.
“The field is so vast and so complex it requires an expertise that is both demanding and rewarding. I know a lot about each of the different subfields but my specialty is in identification, particularly in the area of fingerprints.”
The first semester of crime scene investigation is taught in an English class, where students read and discuss some of history’s more famous crimes. The second semester places students in a science class, analyzing potential evidence.
“Our focus is often on psychological profiling of criminals,” said Mr. Sinacore, instructor for the English half of the course. “It makes for a good field for analysis and improving students’ higher-order thinking skills.”
Andy also spoke briefly to Mr. Sinacore’s senior classes, emphasizing the communication skills he must use in his work, whether speaking or writing.
“I was very impressed with the quality of questions from all of the students,” said Andy. “Many had a good grasp of what constitutes good evidence.”
Andy hopes the class can visit him electronically in the future, when perhaps he can give the Chargers a tour of his lab.
Thank you for visiting, Andy! Your time with us is evidence of your love for St. Joe’s!