January 17th, 2012

I bet they did this in Dock Green

Posted in The Job - General by 200

There’s a new TV Cop show which aired tonight on BBC One; Crime Scene Forensics follows Scenes of Crime Officers (SOCOs) as they investigate crime scenes in Bedfordshire over the period of one year.

The programme isn’t over yet but the one thing that strikes me is that a lot of the public are going to be completely underwhelmed. When you’re brought up on a diet of hi-tech CSI: Miami and associated dramas with all their whizzy gadgets and technical gizzmos, it must be really surprising to find that we still rely on dusting aluminium powder to lift finger prints. And no computers in sight.

I wonder who it was that discovered that heated superglue can cause its fumes to adhere to fingerprints and what they were doing when they found out.

Strange, with all the other developments in policing, that the best techniques available are ones that were taking place when I joined 33 years ago.

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4 comments

  1. SamYeager says:

    Sounds like an interesting programme. I must remember to watch it later.

    January 18th, 2012 at 16:36

  2. Civ_In_The_City says:

    The superglue trick was invented by New York police Officer Axel Foley in 1984. I saw a documentary about him once, when he went to work in Beverly Hills for a while.

    p.s. Yes I`m very happy here, I get lots of visitors, and on Thursdays they let me have crayons.

    January 18th, 2012 at 21:15

  3. Civ_In_The_City says:

    But seriously, last night I was having a browse through some old photos on the NARPO website of a force very near my own. Some of the photos are very old indeed, others from the 60′s, 70′s 80′s and later.

    You mentioned developments in policing, and what I learned from the photos was just how much some aspects have changed and others haven`t.

    Cadets sent away camping in the country together as part of their training and team bonding. Dog, motorcycle and horse display teams (with officers stood up on the seats! what would Elf & Safety say now?).

    I did get a bit nostalgic, or was I just reminded about how poor things are these days with all the so-called ‘efficiency’ savings and a never ending stream of people just waiting to sack a copper for the least little thing (both inside and out).

    I`ve no idea why anyone would want to be a police officer these days. All the upsides have been chipped away in the last 15 years, with the final nail in the coffin about to be hammered home.

    January 18th, 2012 at 21:30

  4. Hugh Janus says:

    Yet another program where the criminals learn more about how not to get caught out and defeat our evidence gathering abilities, brilliant. Still some SMT type will be gobbing off about how it shows the professional job we do serving our customers….

    January 18th, 2012 at 22:45

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