An eagle eye for the invisible
F0RENSIC OFFICER GOES WHERE THE NAKED EYE CAN’T
FORENSICS officer Chantal Uren knows very well the importance small and sometimes invisible evidence can have to a police investigation.
The First Class Constable is a South East Metropolitan District Forensic Investigations Officer and has been working in forensics for the past four years.
A ‘normal’ day for Const. Uren could include visiting up to five scenes to collect and process forensic information.
She said her role involved identifying evidence that could link an offender to a scene.
“This includes fingerprinting, collection of DNA and other exhibits and photography,” she said.
“Once an offender has been processed and charged for an offence, I am also required to attend court to give evidence regarding my examination.”
She said she attended burglary and assault scenes, damage, robberies, traffic incidents and armed hold-ups.
“After attendance we create a report that outlines the examination that was conducted,” she said.
Const. Uren said working in forensics gave her the best opportunity to make a difference to the community by finding evidence where no other lines of inquiry may exist.
“I also get to help victims of crime who can be in a vulnerable state. It is extremely rewarding to try to make people feel more at ease,” she said.