CSI: What is real?
If your impression of crime scene investigation is influenced by what you see on TV, this dose of reality is for you.
|30–second DNA test||Six month wait — or more — for DNA results|
|Instant fingerprint match||Lengthy, detailed process to compare print|
|No black fingerprint powder on your clothes||You’re dirty after dusting a large area for prints|
|Investigate crimes involving relatives||Never investigate crimes involving your loved ones|
|Investigate scenes in the dark||Turn on room lights unless using an alternate light source|
|No problem getting a search warrant||Work for months getting probable cause to get a warrant|
|Spend minimal time on court preparation||Spend weeks sitting in a witness room waiting for your turn to testify|
|Team has all necessary expertise||We rely on experts such as cadaver dog trainers, anthropologists, entomologists, archaeologists, botanists, etc.|
|Spend little time writing reports||Spend days writing reports, completing maps, logging evidence and photographs|
|Lab has all the equipment needed to process scene and evidence instantly||Learn to work with what we have and call another jurisdiction if they have useful equipment|