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SEP 2017

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give them the next two weeks off to avoid paying overtime. How- ever, with civilians, they are tied to a 40-hour work week and when they exceed that they receive overtime pay. "We felt it was fair to treat everyone equally because we could have a sworn CSI working next to a civilian CSI at a crime scene, and one of them is getting overtime and the other has their hours flexed out later and doesn't get anything," Pennica says. "We felt that wasn't fair so we put everybody on the same 40-hour work schedule." TOP IT OFF WITH TRAINING Civilian CSIs need advanced training, however. ough they may come to a department well versed in forensic science, they may be lacking in the fundamentals of police work. To counter this, the Greensboro PD has launched a 16-week CSI academy to train its non-sworn hires on the fundamentals of CSI work. ese employees receive four weeks of training on the core skills of a CSI, including crime scene/evidence docu- mentation protocols, forensic photography/videography, scene diagramming, report writing, testifying in court, the types of evidence, and so on. is is followed by 12 weeks of field training with certified CSIs. Because Greensboro's CSIs also do some field work in terms of dealing with victims, witnesses, and interviewing, and carry an Get a clear view... - Target sizing capability - Depth range of 1,000' (300m) - High resolution image of the sea bottom - Sweep 360 degrees or any part of circle - ROV mounted, pole mount- able and tripod mountable - Scanning sonar software can be learned in minutes - Fast imaging JW Fishers Mfg., Inc. 1953 County Street East Taunton MA 02718 USA (800)822-4744 or (508)822-7330 Email: info@jwfishers.com www.jwfishers.com simulated drowning victim with JW Fishers SCAN-650 Sonar ASP, mace, and wear a bullet-resistant vest, they attend parts of the police academy for sworn officers as well. "We seat our recruits in academy courses that are relevant to them," Tranter says. "ere are a lot of topics that are shared be- cause our CSIs' duties correlate so much with patrol's duties." Tranter adds that putting CSIs in classes with training officers builds relationships from the very beginning. "ey get to know each other and have a foundation to build from," she says. In addition, she says the academy training helps the depart- ment create competent CSIs who understand everything from presumptive blood tests, to how to use their cameras, to scien- tific theories. e bureau puts all CSIs through the same training, whether sworn or civilian. But sworn officers are still required to qualify on their firearms. Pennica adds, however, that training is for naught if the right person isn't hired from the get-go. He says using civilian CSIs can be a win for every department, but only if they hire the right per- son from the start. "Set the bar high, and make your first [civilian] hire a good oneā€”one that civilians and sworn officers will respect, and the rest will follow," he says. Ronnie Garrett is a Fort Atkinson, WI-based freelance writer who has specialized in writing about law enforcement issues since 1995. freeinfo.policemag.com/747850 CIVILIAN CSIS PoliceMag.com 43

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