Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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July 23, 2012

Crime and Analysis

Students learn about forensics at library

GLASGOW — The students at the Teen Summer Reading Program at Mary Wood Weldon Library learned something devastating on Monday.

Shows like “CSI” and “NCIS” aren’t real.

“The way they do things on those shows is not necessarily how we do things,” Amanda Miller, evidence technician for the Glasgow Police Department, told the students.

She stood in front of a remade ambulance that had been retired from the Barren-Metcalfe Emergency Medical Service and now served as her equipment hub when she goes to a crime scene.

“The ambulance is a really good vehicle to have for the police department,” Miller said.

The students asked Miller lots of questions about her job, but mostly about all the things the vehicle carries and what she sees when she’s out at a case.

She showed students the compartments that now held packets for gunshot residue, droppers to pick up liquids and an airtight can that could hold evidence from an arson, including the fumes from an accelerant.

The “bus,” as Miller calls it now, gets cleaned often to avoid cross contamination from one case to the next.

“You can’t contaminate a murder case with a burglary case,” Miller said.

It’s even equipped with a generator in case the crime scene is in an area without a lot of lights, or the team needs power for a long period of time, Miller said.

Miller is never involved in the cases for which she gathers evidence, she said. In fact, she is not a sworn officer, she’s a civilian with a degree in forensic anthropology.

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