WATCH: A new BBC TV series goes behind-the-scenes at West Midlands Police in Forensics: The Real CSI - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

WATCH: A new BBC TV series goes behind-the-scenes at West Midlands Police in Forensics: The Real CSI

Editorial Correspondent 9th Feb, 2021 Updated: 10th Feb, 2021

FORENSICS experts from West Midlands Police are the focus of a new fly-on-the-wall BBC Two documentary series starting at 9pm tonight (Tuesday February 9).

A TV camera crew were granted a rare opportunity to follow serious crime investigations in real time for Forensics: The Real CSI.

In the first episode, crime scene coordinator Jo Ward leads the search for evidence and motive following a double murder in Birmingham.

The first programme looks at how forensic evidence helped detectives piece together the events of a double murder in Birmingham.

The force’s assistant director for forensic services, Michelle Painter, said: “The role of forensics is crucial in some of the most serious crimes the force investigates.

“It can be the finest of details which provides the critical evidence which enables detectives to catch whoever is responsible and bring them to justice.

“This documentary gives an insight into real-life policing and expertise of our much valued teams.

“There are fascinating and challenging roles within forensics and it could be you decide a future in forensics is just for you. We’re in the process of recruiting so please keep looking at our jobs page.”

Over the coming weeks the force will be publishing more about those featured in the episode including their careers, route into their job and the range of emotions they experience  on our website, @wmpolice on Twitter and West Midlands Police Facebook page.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “As a force we never underestimate the impact of serious crime on our communities – and  especially the loss of a loved one in tragic and violent circumstances. We’ve worked with producers so those who’ve been affected by the cases covered are aware of this documentary.

“Our intention has never been to sensationalise, but to show the realities of what our staff are faced with and their commitment to help solve serious crimes.”

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