CSI FORENSICS CHALLENGE

Alert!

The resumes submitted so far have been scored and already the competition is fierce! Only 2 points separate the field. Since there are several moving parts to this event, most notably the competition schedule, each individual has been assigned a competitor number. Numbers align with your crime scene groups in an effort to be as efficient as possible and minimize "standing around" time.

If you want to know your competition number in advance, email me and I will respond back. Scores from the resume task, listed by competitor number, will be posted soon.

Competition Schedule Friday April 26:


Competition Format:

Throughout the competition this number will follow you as you accumulate individual points. While competing in team events, participants will will be linked to a school name and color such as Issaquah Gold or Skyline Green. The number you draw is important because it assigns individuals to specific events at specific times and locations where events are held on Friday and Saturday.

When the competition ends on Saturday, team and individual point totals are accumulated and awards determined. Any participant who misses any event is automatically eliminated from the entire competition.

Team Assignments

Issaquah Gold: Grace, Cierra, Joshika, Ana (Contestants #1- 4)

Skyline Green: Izzy, Sydney, Zoe (Contentants #5-7)

Skyline Silver: Bella, Ryan, Kaely (Contestants #8-10)

Skyline Gray: Blake, Nathan, Jaidon (Contestants #11-13)

Skyline Red: Kelly, Sara, Hailey (Contestants #14-16)

Skyline White: Richa, Lillie (Contestants #17-18)


Here is where to start...

Washington State Patrol Guidelines for Evidence Handling:

http://wsp.wa.gov/forensics/docs/toxicology/other_docs/forensic_services_guide.pdf

Human and Animal Hair Evidence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXQ3fX3N8Uo

Forensic Investigation Methods Simplified:

http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/index.htm

Important Court Decisions Related to Crime Scene Search:

http://www.investigativesciencesjournal.org/article/download/8951/6292

Professional Resume Tips:

https://www.pongoresume.com/articles/55/resume-writing-basics.cfm

A compendium of resources associated with all things forensics is also provided.

https://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/csi-collection.html

You can also bet that sooner or later you will have the opportunity to locate and process latent fingerprints at the crime scene. Will you know how to collect this valuable form of evidence? Watch the following video to get up to speed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph0QOPhrnEQ

Blood Spatter Evidence: Go to the Tutortial on the following site:

https://www.bloodspatter.com/



February Update - CSI Challenge:

  • Investigators should be up to date on the methods necessary to capture shoe impression evidence in loose sand or soil. The materials one needs includes either dental stone or plaster of paris. This is the rainy season of course. Prowlers, burglars, robbery suspects and the like often leave behind useful three dimensional impressions of their shoe tread and tire impressions at the scene of the crime. You should know how to successfully collect, package and preserve this evidence. This instructional video will provide some useful tips.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WYU2f0anjU

March Update - CSI Challenge:

  • Alert! All investigators...jewelry store burglary occurred in Issaquah last night. Suspects M.O. was to smash the glass cases and lift out the larger shards of glass, throwing them on to the floor. The suspects has a foreign substance on the soles of their shoes. Investigators were able to piece together the larger shards of glass that yielded a size 10 shoe print (approximately) suitable for comparison to shoe impressions found outside the business.

April Update - CSI Challenge:

  • Trace evidence...hair and fiber evidence is often overlooked at crime scenes. Moreover, the collection, packaging, and chain of custody preservation of this form of evidence is taken for granted. Investigators should read up on the current procedures associated with this evidence.
  • Note from the Sergeants Office: Your police report could become part of a case file reviewed by the Supreme Court of the United States! Don't be embarrassed by common grammar mistakes and a lack of organization when summarizing your investigation conclusions. Your reports reflect a great deal about your integrity and professionalism.
  • Witnesses can help you make connections between circumstances and evidence at the crime scene. What makes for a good witness interview? Check out the following link:

https://www.policeone.com/investigations/articles/7787318-7-types-of-witnesses-and-how-to-interview-them/


Associated Job Description:

Crime Scene Technician/Assistant

1. Secure the crime scene to restrict access and prevent evidence destruction

2. Comply with legal restrictions associated with the entry into a crime scene

3. Recognize possible safety concerns associated with working inside a crime scene

4. Use established procedures to enhance, process, or reconstruct evidence at a crime scene such as shoeprints, fingerprints, blood, hairs and fibers

5. Use proper procedures in handling, collecting and packaging of items of evidence

6. Take part in brainstorming and helping to reconstruct crimes by theorizing about the relationships between pieces of evidence collected.

7. Use lab equipment as necessary to examine and interpret evidence collected from crime scenes.

8. Maintain a chain of custody for all evidence collected

9. Interview witnesses and other individuals associated with an investigation and document interview results

10. Communicate with agency personnel both verbally and in writing concerning investigation findings

11. Testify in court and report to police departments about the evidence collected and the techniques used in the lab to analyze it

12. Remain current on approved methods of forensics evidence collection procedures