Searching for Clues: Citizens Practice Crime Scene Investigation at Citizen’s Academy
By LYDIA BERGLAR
Special Agent Daniel Nicholson from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation joined Citizen’s Academy on March 21 to explain the work of GBI, highlighting GBI’s three divisions: investigations, forensic science, and Georgia Crime Information Center. GBI is a request agency, meaning their help must be requested by sheriffs, district attorneys, chiefs of police, or other officials. Nicholson has been involved with several cases in Dade, including a Jane Doe cold case from 1988 which was solved last year and a man who made pipe bombs here in the county. After hearing about the process of crime scene analysis, attendees then participated in a crime scene scenario, searching for clues, conducting eyewitness interviews, taking photos, and attempting to solve the murder case.