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Week 19: Major Crimes

“CSI Regina?”

Cadets in a police vehicle at the firearms range

2005-10-30

As we progress toward the end of training, the files and scenarios are getting a little more involved and, for a lack of a better word, serious. Not that they were not serious before, however the cases are more complex and the offences carry more serious consequences. This week we started Major Crime Investigations and crime scene management. For cases like these, there are so many details and aspects to consider: many members are usually involved, a lot of evidence is collected, and ample analyses of exhibits are conducted at forensic labs. Having walked through a number of the steps in such an investigation (and there are many things that we did not explore in detail), I'm even more convinced that television shows like CSI could not possibly function on 43 minutes of episode and 17 minutes of commercials (you would need a lot more commercials if you were actually waiting for analysis reports to come back from the lab). In addition to reiterating that television is a far stretch from reality, I also learned plenty about collecting and documenting evidence, where it needs to be sent and how to take proper DNA samples.

Other fun stuff this week included tactical shooting in Firearms. This included shooting from inside or behind vehicles as well as shooting at a target while in motion. These are always entertaining, as you'll undoubtedly have one or two in each group who has to try something different (most likely something shown on television, perhaps during an episode of CSI).

While on the subject of blood and gore, we had our third and final PARE earlier in the week. I'm happy to report that I took another five seconds off my time. I also took great satisfaction in knowing that I will not have to endure this lung-burning, gut-wrenching exercise ever again! Well, not so much, but so long as I'm a cadet, I'll be PARE-free. [Ed.’s Note: Regular Members are required to do the PARE as part of their Period Health Assessment.]

Following my farewell PARE, I finally got the news. The jury had been out on this decision for almost two weeks, and finally the verdict on my detachment posting came in. Although I know very little about the area, I'm glad to finally have a better idea of where I'll be in five weeks time.

It's strange to be discussing postings when not that long ago we were being overwhelmed with the never-ending firsts. Now we're closing in on the final tests/evaluations: final PARE, final exam, final detachments, etc. We have even started preparing for our pass-out in Drill. It never ceases to amaze me that simple Drill movements can be choreographed into a succession of complicated-looking footwork (quite similar to those of the Musical Ride). I actually attended the peer performance of our big brother troop who are graduating this coming week. It's hard to believe but we're only four troops away from the big day ourselves!