Evidence technicians work hard to facilitate criminal investigations
Rubber gloves, yellow tape, a flashlight, camera and plenty of patience — these are some of the tools of the trade for the men and women who collect and process evidence as part of the fight against crime.
While slick, prime-time TV shows might have viewers believe otherwise, collecting and processing evidence to build a case is often more about rigorous, methodical procedures than exotic techniques and windblown models peering through microscopes.
Special Agent Cecil Hutchins, a crime scene specialist with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, first caught the crime scene science bug 14 years ago when he was working drug cases. One night, he overheard a death investigation over the radio and went out to the site, where he found the CSS hard at work. He had never seen a death investigation before and was instantly hooked.
“The way he was working the body and the evidence, I knew that was what I wanted to do,” said Hutchins.
Nearly a decade and a half later, Hutchins is one of 15 GBI crime scene specialists in the state, oncall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and serves 10 counties in the met- ro Atlanta area, including Newton County.
He enjoys the variety of situations he encounters and the challenge of using his mind to solve a problem,