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Former crime scene investigator to share the realities, myths of CSI

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WARRENSBURG — The University of Central Missouri’s Lifelong Learning Series will present “Realities vs. Myths in Crime Scene Investigation” Oct. 14. 

Former crime scene investigator Jane Heavin will provide an experiential discussion to explore the reality of criminal investigation and how those tasked with getting to the answers are influenced just like everyone else. 

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E Gay St. in Warrensburg. Registration is not required and the event is free and open to the public. 

Heavin left a career in social work to enter law enforcement, working for 13 years as an officer with the Overland Park, Kansas Police Department where she was a crime scene investigator and training officer. 

After an early retirement, Heavin joined the Central Missouri Police Academy at UCM as an instructor teaching crime scene investigation among other courses. 

Heavin then served for three years as the assistant director of the academy before retiring. 

Currently, Heavin serves as a nuisance code enforcement inspector for the City of Warrensburg.

UCM’s Lifelong Learning Series features a wide array of programs for the general public during the academic year. 

The next upcoming event, titled “Pertle Springs: A Turn-of-the-Century Site of Education and Research,” will be 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Warrensburg Community Center. 

The program, presented by UCM Associate Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey Yelton, will cover the history and archaeology of Pertle Springs from the 1880s to the 1920s when the 300-acre park was a regional resort and Chautauqua center.

The UCM Lifelong Learning series is supported by UCM’s Office of Extended Studies, UCM’s Emeriti Association and UCM’s Alumni Association. 

Lifelong Learning adheres to all health and safety protocols in accordance with Johnson County Community Health, the University of Central Missouri and Warrensburg Parks and Recreation. 

Social distancing will be observed. In consideration of all participants, attendees are reminded to plan to wear a mask.

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