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The CSI Effect

Dr. Harry Hueston Dr. Harry Hueston

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

CANYON, TEXAS - Since the debut of CSI, the TV show, in 2000, people have flooded real CSI classrooms and the job market.

It may take Horatio Caine or Gil Grissom mere hours to solve a crime, but in reality, investigating a crime scene is much more tedious and time consuming.

You are about to find out their impact is both good and bad...as we investigate The CSI Effect.

They are among thousands who have flooded classrooms wanting to learn crime scene investigation in hopes of cracking an already swollen CSI job market.

But as these WT students will tell you, real life does not imitate art.

Student Dusty Clayton says "it's not near as easy, there's a lot more to it that they don't show on tv."

Another student, Robbie Dixon, says, "there's not stuff that glows in the dark."

And Darik Heider says, "DNA processing, fingerprinting, it takes a long time."

The final exam: to walk through a field a half mile long by a half mile wide, scouring the ground for evidence of an explosion.

Dr. Harry Hueston, a former police chief from Arizona, is running this show.

He says the CSI franchise has altered everyone's perception of police work.

Dr. Hueston says, "there's an expectation out there from the public that when the police arrive at a crime scene, they're gonna find this stuff right away."

In fact, it took these students an hour to find only a fraction of the 50 pieces of evidence in the debris field.  And fingerprinting takes a magic touch.

Dixon says, "it doesn't go through and find it in like five minutes. It takes like 20 minutes for a couple."

Dr. Hueston says, "the idea that once they find things, how these pictures come up - I haven't seen that anywhere."

And thanks to TV, even juries expect police to present DNA and fingerprinting evidence in court.

Dr. Hueston says, "they are a product of the CSI effect."

Lawyers often have to explain to jurors the reality of investigation.

Crime scene investigation has never been more popular....

Dr. Hueston says csi has been a driving force behind advances in the forensic science field because of what the public has come to expect.

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