Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2005

Friday finds a taste of CSI Baldwin City

December 15, 2005

With the proliferation of crime scene investigation shows on television -- CSI Las Vegas, CSI Miami, CSI New York, etc. -- it was only a matter of time. Just call it CSI Baldwin City.

That's what happened Friday at the Lodge, when Dick Warrington, a forensics specialist with the Lenexa-based Linn Peavey Co., made a presentation to a packed crowd of law enforcement agents. In all there were 26 who attended, including representatives of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Attorney General's office, police officers from as far away as Norman, Okla., and as close as the five from the Baldwin City Police Department.

"We've been trying to schedule him in here for a year for a class on evidence gathering," said Baldwin Police Chief Mike McKenna. "It's what you see on TV with CSI.

"Dick goes all over the United States and Canada putting on demonstrations for law enforcement agencies," said McKenna. He can actually teach you how to take a fingerprint off a feather. He's that good. He's an undisputed expert in his field."

Warrington began his law enforcement career in 1971 with the Shawnee County Sheriff's Department. When he retired in 1996, he was the lead crime scene investigator for the metro crime squad. He's also written several papers on forensics identification.

"He's developed some of his own tools for crime scene investigation," said McKenna.

"We had the biggest response from law enforcement agencies. We were filled to capacity. I was well pleased with the turnout.

Some of the other agencies represented were from Tonganoxie, Coffeyville, Concordia and the Kansas State University campus police. The nearly 30 agents in attendance received a wealth of information, which was broken down into two sessions.

"It was a good class," he said. "It was a class that officers came away from with a lot of information. What was really good about the class was he showed all the equipment in the morning. In the afternoon, he set up stations where the officers could go through them and do the techniques.

"It was a real hands-on class," said McKenna.

Warrington also had a session on a staple of crime scene investigation -- photography.

"He did a lot with camera techniques on how to capture fingerprints," he said. "He showed how to dust finger prints and capture it on a photograph it and enlarge it. There was a lot of photography work."

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