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San Francisco PD badgeAustin McKamey is a 22-year-old native of Oakley, California and a senior at the Mount. As a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociol-ogy, Austin was successful at his Summer 2012 internship with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).

As an intern, Austin worked with SFPD’s homicide unit. He organized cold case files from the 1970’s and 1980’s. These cases were significant because of the Zebra and Zodiac murders that occurred in the San Francisco in these two decades. He found that learning Visual Clarity software and analytical methodologies proved invaluable.

In addition, Austin worked on the S.T.A.R.S. computerized database, which stands for Suspect Tracking And Reporting System. He used S.T.A.R.S to input arrest records and look for correlations between suspects and past crimes. He also made significant alterations to the database producing a more efficient way to input data. Austin was able to teach other interns how to use the database and demonstrate what kinds of patterns they should be looking for once he returned to the Mount.

Along with working on the S.T.A.R.S. database, Austin inspected prison mail to search for gang affiliations. Particularly looking for gang relations to the recipient. This helped the department find evidence to prove or disprove a person’s involvement or contact with a specific gang and its members.

Through his criminal justice and sociology classes here at the Mount, Austin has become a well-rounded individual. His ability to relate to others and hear out every side of a situation will greatly help him in his career as a law enforcement officer. Austin hopes to join the Frederick City Police Department after his graduation in May 2013.

By: Brittany Gozzi, Class of ‘13

Simulated Crime SceneThe Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) hosted its 7th annual CSI Challenge on Saturday, March 24, at Mount St. Mary’s University. Project co-managers were Brandy Guy, Leah Perdue, Madelaine Stross, and Michael Hall. The Challenge was co-hosted by the Frederick County Police Department with participation from officers of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and the Pennsylvania State Police. Teams, consisting of three students each, demonstrated their skills in crime scene processing, evidence collection and preservation, case preparation, and investigative presentation, all of which was judged by practicing professionals. This year over 65 students participated, including invited universities from Canada, Maryland, and Virginia as well as the Mount. The Canadian team was awarded the first place Dine Cup. The Mount team took second place.

The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) won first place for "Best Display" during Accepted Students Day on Saturday, March 31. Accepted students and their parents learned about MSMU's clubs and organizations as the Admissions Office hosted over 1200 visitors. CJSA officers are: Brian Ballintyn, President; Brittany Mason, Vice President; Kyle Carter, Treasurer; and Millea Matthew, Secretary. Joseph Vince is the club's faculty advisor.

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