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STATE POLICE. ! SERVICES Chief Lynn Freer Earns CSi Certification By Mike Lakin Chief Freer has completed an intensive and extensive study of crime scenes through the Illinois State Police. His study has earned him a Certification that makes him the only Certified Crime Scene Investigator in Logan County. Chief Freer said investigating crime scenes isn't just for major crimes. His certification now allows him to intensely investigate such things as vandalism and burglaries. Before his certi- fication his police work was limited, He could take photos. He could take reports. But, unless someone came forward with information, that was the extent of what he could do. Now, his investigation can be in depth. When asked if being certified as a CSI was beyond what was needed in Mt. Pulaski, Chief Freer made a very good point. He said that when a resident is the victim of a vandalism or burglary that is a major event for that individ- ual. And, if it is a major event for that person; then he wants to be able to use what he can to solve it. He said that when someone is a victim, that person suffers a loss of trust. If he can use his CSI training to solve the vandalism or bur- glary, maybe he can help that person regain that lost trust. One area of the training he went through that most impressed him was what an investigator can do with a camera and light. Chief Freer said he has been trained to do more than "point and shoot" a photo. He said he could now take a photo - for example - of a moving vehicle at high speed and have a "stop action" photo of the vehicle. He can now use a combination of a camera and additional proper lighting to photo- graph a shoe print on a door or floor and deter- mine the make of footwear involved. A valuable bit of evidence when looking at a suspect. Chief Freer mentioned that his instructor, a working IllinOis State Police CSI, covers an area from Cook County to Central Illinois and border to border. A local certified officer could gather evidence of a crime and have the work ready for the lead CSI officer to review. An interesting story about this CSI officer is that she also owns a home in Indiana. That home was broken into, damaged extensively, and stripped i of copper wire and copper pipes. She told her class that when the damage and theft was discovered, local officers handled the investigationi. She also checked the scene, after the local officers did their investigation. Her investigation turned up additional evidence. That additional evidence ended in an arrest of the person that invaded her home. It is that type of work that :Chief Freer can now bring to the community:! The list of I what Chief Freer can now do is long. Here itis:., manage and process a crime scene, photograph the crime scene, package and submit evidence for forensics, preserve biolog- ical evidence - DNA, do latent fingerprinting, process a vehicle, analyze firearms and tool- marks, analyze footwear evidence and take tire tread impressions,, analyze blood pattern evi - dence, conduct a death investigation, do crime scene meastrements and diagrams, assist in arson investigations, gather entomology evi- dence (bugs), investigate stolen - hi-jacked vehi- cles, and... O f course analyze burglaries and vandalism, i Chief Freer is anxiously awaiting the oppor- tunity to put his new knowledge to work. Times Photos I ! Cheif Freer has packed his CSI gear in his patrol car (above & right). / i Just about everybody recognizes the "yellow tent" markers. Scale markers for photgraphs. 4 tft tft ! o