All the evidence points to CSI ignoring the gritty reality

In a shed in Richmond, surrounded by grazing cows and green pastures, police crime scene investigators are searching for murder weapons in an upturned lounge room.

Next door, Senior Constable John Smallgood is dusting for fingerprints in a child’s blood-spattered bedroom.

The crime scenes are both simulated, part of Australia’s first and only specially built forensic science facility. The joint venture between NSW Police and the University of Western Sydney was unveiled at the university’s Hawkesbury campus yesterday.

The centre has a classroom and five scenario rooms. It will be used to train police officers and UWS forensic science students to navigate crime scenes ranging from backyards to illegal drug labs — via

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