This week, we’d like to introduce you to Chris Gee – whom you may know as CSI Chris Gee – a Scenes of the Crime Officer for Surrey and Sussex Police.
Here, he shares his experiences and stories. Read on to find his top tips for pursuing a career in crime scene investigation.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
I’m a Crime Scene Investigator for Surrey and Sussex Police who is passionate about helping victims find answers, and some form of closure, following a crime.
Describe your current work and research.
As a CSI, my role is to pick up jobs that have been allocated to our department which we could help solve. This could be anything from a burglary or vehicle crime right up to your more serious crimes: drugs, sexual offences, murders. I will collect the forensic evidence from the scene in order for a scientist/expert to examine or interpret it. I am skilled at developing fingerprints, finding crime stains using a variety of torches, and not completing lists fully. And also laughing at my own jokes (pause for my own laughter/tumbleweed moment).
What inspired you to join this field?
I took media studies at college. You were probably expecting me to say science! In this class we studied CSI and would carefully dissect the programme to find it’s hidden meanings. I became quite interested in the role of a CSI and after college I decided to join the police. I wanted to find myself a career and at the time the police force was seen as quite a secure and stable place to work. The role of a CSI appealed to me as it’s mostly dealing with victims of crime, those who are in need of help.
Describe your education and career trajectory to this point.
It may surprise people to know that I didn’t have a degree when I joined the department in 2008. The only qualifications that were required were 3 GCSE’s (Maths, English and Science). These days, a degree still isn’t a requirement but it’s desirable. My training was provided by the College of Policing and I would have to make the long journey up to their forensic training centre in Durham. I have obtained a foundation degree through the College of Policing and also been on a Bloodstain Pattern Analysis course over in The Netherlands.
Tell us a story of something interesting you’ve worked on.
As you can imagine, quite a few jobs I’ve attended have been in the press. But recently I’ve found myself in the spotlight after shooting a video log (or vlog) where I discussed the blood evidence in the documentary Making A Murderer. Many news websites featured my video and I ended up on ‘UniLad’ which has over 12 million followers. It was a heart in mouth moment when I found out, but it was fantastic seeing how my job can be interesting to others. My videos can be found on Sussex Police’s YouTube site, or on my Twitter account – @CSIChrisGee.
What tips can you provide for people wishing to pursue a career in your field?
Have patience. Vacancies in this department do not crop up often and you can have a better chance if you already work for the police, as some vacancies may only be advertised internally. However keep checking vacancy sections of Police Force’s websites or get in contact using the website.
Work hard in everything that you do. The ‘go the extra mile’ approach really gets you noticed and people with that mentality are exactly who we’d be looking for.
Show you’ve got attention to detail. If you can never find Wally in the Where’s Wally books, you might not be suitable!
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