There's a process to investigating a crime scene

Published on Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Dakota Fitzgerald, a Greer High School graduate, is writing a daily blog during her week at the Greer Police Department's CSI Day Camp.

Dakota Fitzgerald, a Greer High School graduate, is writing a daily blog during her week at the Greer Police Department's CSI Day Camp.



Dakota Fitzgerald is a Greer High School graduate and will attend Winthrop University to pursue a mass communications degree. Dakota is attending the CSI Crime Camp conducted by the Greer Police Department. She will get a look at forensics and work done at crime scenes by police department specialists. She will participate in practical exercises in crime scene processing, fingerprinting, methods of developing latent prints and shoe impressions. This is Dakota’s report on Monday’s class.

By Dakota Fitzgerald

The Greer City Police Department is a place you would usually like to avoid but not this week.

I am attending the department’s first CSI Day Camp and just the first day has left me speechless.

Many of you may think of Catherine Willows or Gil Grissom when you hear CSI (guilty), however, I found that reality is mind blowing. After being introduced to Angie Childers, the the vice president of Greer Police Alumni and the camp’s director, and Lt. Jim Holcombe, the 16 of us were split into three groups – Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie.

We were thrown into a mock crime scene and asked to investigate it to the best of our ability. It was quite a process taking photographs, bagging evidence, and producing some interesting theories.

Seeing a glimpse of the legitimate Crime Scene Investigation process was eye-opening and left me anxiously awaiting the rest of the week. However, the fun did not stop there. We continued by touring the PD. We saw the “mug shot” room and fingerprint system (and of course had to see how they worked).

An overwhelming sense of advanced technology seems to sweep you away as the fingerprints are now digital…no ink stains here.

This program will educate and give us experience to use for the rest of our lives.

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