Visitors attending this year’s Staffordshire Police Open Day will be able to take part in a virtual reality forensic science experience.

Members of the public are invited to download the HP Reveal and Staffs Uni VR apps (before visiting or during the event) from the Android or Apple app stores and then head over to the forensic science stand to help solve crime through an interactive experience.

Visitors to the forensic investigation activity will be able to take part in three activities. The first is a 360 degree virtual reality experience where your smartphone, with the Staffs Uni VR app installed, will be inserted into a VR headset. Then wearing the headset, visitors will see a mocked up crime scene in which they will be able to look for evidence and help solve the crime.

The activity is being delivered with Staffordshire University’s Forensic Science Department who have been working in partnership with Staffordshire Police to develop learning and sharing professional practice in forensic investigation. One of the outcomes of this successful partnership is the development of new learning tools, using virtual reality masks and augmented reality to train future forensic investigators.

The forensic investigation activity is just one of many free experiences aimed at helping the public learn more about policing in the county, including live demonstrations, community stalls and lots of family-friendly activities.

The Open Day will be held on Sunday 3 June, 11am-4pm at Police headquarters on Weston Road. The event is free and includes a free park and ride facility.  For more information about the Open Day visit www.staffordshire.police.uk/Openday.