Forensic science on public display

02 September 2014
A mock drug deal gone wrong featured prominently as the centrepiece in a colourful and interactive display which formed part of the events surrounding the recent Supreme Court and Government House Open Day.
Quality Manager Anna Collins, Biologist Dan Turner, Chemist Kelsey McGorman with Biologists Casey Spanner and Chrystal Wood – ready to welcome and inform the public.
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Chairs askew, bloodied evidence, deal bags – the ‘crime scene’ challenged the public to piece together the forensic evidence. Keen eyes searched for clues; many recognising handprints in blood or spotting the clump of hair caught in the damaged frame of the reading glasses. Theories were formed then tested with Branch representatives before venturing onto the interactive fingerprint, DNA, chemistry and laboratory stations located nearby.

Held on Saturday 9th August 2014, the Open Day attracted hundreds of interested people to the Supreme Court precinct. The forensic stand was a drawcard, receiving many enthusiastic and positive comments both on the day and in later feedback.

“These events present a great opportunity to do some myth-busting for the general public,” said Branch Quality Manager Anna Collins as she reflected on the day. “Talking face to face with people gives our work that personal connection and delivers a better understanding of what we can and cannot do.”

Delighted with the overall turnout, Open Day organisers remarked on the popularity and holding power of the forensic display. This is testament not only to the display itself but also to the friendly, knowledgeable and professional way Forensic Branch staff interacted with the visiting public.

Thanks must go to Casey Spanner, Chrystal Wood, Dan Turner, Kelsey McGorman, Gavin Rintoul, Anna Collins and Des Carroll for their efforts towards a very successful day.