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Real-life CSI Forensic

CSI stands for Crime Scene Investigation and it's also one of the most popular shows on television right now, but in Leon County, the sheriff's detectives say while their CSI crime lab might not be the basis for a TV show, it could be.

Crime scene investigations used to be something most people didn't know very much about, but with three popular shows on CBS, CSI, CSI Miami and CSI New York, the average person knows more about forensic evidence and how to catch the bad guy than ever before.

DET John Simpson with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "The thing about those shows is they do show a lot of real techniques that we use. They go a little overboard in the role the crime detective plays in a case."

The Leon County Sheriff's Office also has its own CSI department where crimes can be solved with very little, most of it unseen by the naked eye.

"My first week in this unit we were investigating a burglary and I was able to find a print and we were able to get a hit and make an arrest," says Simpson.

But can Leon County detectives solve crimes in one hour?

Steven Woodcock says, "There are crimes we can solve in a couple of hours and we have done that, but not all crimes are like that. It can be tedious work."

Detectives say that while the technology on the shows is so far advanced it's almost unreal, the technology in their lab is quite amazing, and very effective in its own right.

Simpson days, "With the technology that's come out now, we have the ability to find that evidence we couldn't find 10 or 20 years ago, and that helps solve more crimes."

Leon County detectives say that with their resources and technology, catching the bad guy has gotten easier.

Leon County sheriff's detectives say they now have some new technology that will allow them to recreate crime scenes through computer graphics.


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