9th annual law enforcement forensics conference

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DENISON, TX -- We see it all the time on TV, scientists solving crimes with the smallest piece of evidence. But does it actually work that way?

Thursday at the 9th annual law enforcement forensic conference, officers and students alike, got to see firsthand what it really takes to solve a crime.

"CSI is not real life that's magic, that's TV magic. It's not as easy as they make it seem," said Keith Harris, Auto Theft technology expert.

Hollywood portrays forensic science as easy, with actors solving crimes in less than an hour. But Thursday at Grayson College, forensic experts explained to North Texas officers and students, its not as easy as it seems.

"Departments don't have a lot of training dollars. So you can see we have a room full, we have about 185 officers and high school and college students, and we're exposing them to the best quality forensic training we can find," said Dwayne Barber, Grayson College forensic professor.

Officers were trained on the latest technology, like how to use digital photography to detect evidence like blood stains. The auto theft task force, based out of Paris, spoke about how technology helps them recover stolen cars.

"In Texas, I think we're pretty advanced, I think we hold up really well with technology," Harris said.

High school student, Zackarie Alleritton, came to the conference to help prepare for his future.

"This is also something I want to do after college. Basically I want to do for the rest of my life," Alleritton said.

"That's a side benefit to our students, to be able to sit next to and talk to and interact with area law enforcement," said Barber.

Grayson College funded the entire conference, because they said giving law enforcement the latest training will help them be better able to keep the public safe.

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