there are major differences between the actual criminal justice system and the criminal justice system portrayed on television because for example the cases that are portrayed on television are fast paced to capture the viewers attention however in real life solving crimes can be slow and meticulous. also the crimes on television are solved within a specific time block given where in real life some of the cases may go unsolved and also instead of one cases being focused on there are many cases being focused on at one time
HECK NO! I wear a standard uniform with above the ankle thick soled work boots. It keeps the critters out when you go into a residence or outdoor scene that has cockroaches, chiggers etc. In the TV shows they NEVER get dirty, they get lab results immediately and they come up with evidence that is not even feasible in the real world. For example: On one of the CSI NY shows they walk right into a double homicide scene, no protective shoe covers and walk right up to the bodies. WRONG ! You start from the outermost point and work your way to the bodies. Immediately entering a scene as they do will destroy evidence. On another episode Mac found a perfect fingerprint on an ejected cartridge casing. In the real world the gases and heat generated when the cartridge is expelled from the gun after firing will destroy any fingerprints on the cartridge casing. If there are cartridges still in the magazine then they could have a partial latent fingerprint. It is very rare to find a full fingerprint on a surface; usually it is a partial latent fingerprint. Also they move objects in the crime scene prior to documenting the scene with photographs; huge NO NO!
What you have to realize about the tv shows is that it is entertainment and they have 45 minutes to tell a story. In real life a homicide case takes at least a year to even get to the preliminary hearing stage...longer for the trial.
I would suggest that if you want to know what it is like request to do a ride along with your local department. You will get a good idea of what the job is really like.
If you believe everything you hear, see, or listen to on TV, the media, or in a sitcom your not ready for the truth of what this type of work is all about. It has to do with science, and could potentially free or put someone in death row. Get educated about the life of a true forensic scientist. Being a leader on a crime scene is not a happy day for anyone. It smells, it's hot, the hours are long and the tensions high.
You need to have at least some training in the field as well as or additionally police experience to even do any thing other then rookie work for 1 to two years. If you can last for the 3 years getting through all of the common everyday "intern" with the good ol boys, and the initiation that goes with it, then the force would pay for any additional education, or at least supplement you.
Never listen to trash about TV shows, it is just a bunch of writers that are out to make a buck. Sometimes I have to turn off these shows just because the writers throw in crap that gets me mad for the drama.
It surprises me the questions that people ask on here,....
For all of you out there doing the collage thing, keeping up your GPAs and taking the classes to advance,..
Keep up the good work!