English 9, Period 5
19 February 2013
CSI: The Investigation of this Career
Crime is as old as society is. Since it is such an old problem, finding the criminals and putting them to justice is just as old. Crimes, though, can become a mystery, and finding the culprit becomes a task that goes to the CSI. Investigators use evidence and forensic science to solve crimes ranging from murder to robbery. A crime scene investigator has a critical role in the world of law and is needed, so becoming one is as important. Forensic science is a broad term for many different areas of science. It is the application of science to assist courts in both civil and legal issues. CSI members use forensics to find evidence to either prosecute or to find the perpetrator who committed the crime. The practice has been around since ancient Greece, but became more widely known due to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s familiar character, Sherlock Holmes. Doyle’s fictional character introduced his readers to the usefulness of forensics. Holmes used techniques such as matching fingerprints and examining weapons to find fault. The first true user of forensics was Englishman Henry Goddard, who in 1835 solved a murder case thanks to a fault in the bullet that matched a weapon. The actual career of being a part of the CSI originated in the 1890s when “Argentina became the first country to use fingerprints in criminal cases.” (Tilstone, Savage, Clark 147) And so the CSI was born. The CSI existence is relatively new compared to most. But despite being young, this job still holds its importance in the world.
Crime Scene Investigators are responsible for the inspection and investigation of recent crimes that occurred. Crime is generally large and can happen anywhere at any time. A CSI works on an average of 40 hours a week but must also be flexible to work overtime, and also “must be available to respond to 24 hour emergencies” (www.criminaljusticeprofiles.com)...