William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 5, November, 2010

Graduate School #24

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 15:52

After the debacle due to the case of the ricin in Toledo, we got back to the FBI field office for a tour. This one was disrupted by the possibility of the armed man at NASA, which didn’t pan out, but there were a lot of media calls. Evidently it was a slow news day. The students were given a recruiting spiel by the public affairs agent, and a tour of the Cleveland Field Office, including a display of bank robbery notes and the weapons vault.

We then went down to the basement, past the FBI’s SWAT Humvee–which has been seen on the streets of Cleveland, it cannot keep a lane worth a darn, and a review of the evidence response team and their equipment. I was struck by how much ERT work is like archaeology. Lots of gridding and sketching and transit work. We then finished with a tour of the booking room. The students were very impressed, and as usual the FBI went out of their way to make us feel welcome.

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