Home' Navy News : October 24th 2013 Contents CPL Max Bree
SAILORS have been dusting finger-
prints and analysing blood spatters
as part of a crime-scene investigators
course in Canberra.
This was the first time Navy has
been involved in the course, which is
usually held each year at the Canberra
Institute of Technology to train sol-
diers and airmen to collect evidence at
a crime scene.
Four sailors were on the course
from August 5 to September 6.
The forensic manager for the
ADF Investigative Service, SGT Jon
Cooper, said Defence had to deal
with crime like any part of the com-
"By training our members to col-
lect evidence that meets the require-
ments of both a military and civilian
prosecution we are arming our investi-
gators with vital skills to compete with
ever-increasing forensic knowledge of
many TV viewing audiences," he said.
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"This course is the first step for our
investigators from all three services to
train in forensic science that not only
meets our own quality standards but
also those nationally recognised by
state and territory police forces,"
LS Luke Miller, of ADFIS JIO in
Brisbane, said he learnt a lot from this
"Basically we've been learning to
be crime scene examiners," he said.
"We've been learning the skills
that are required to examine a scene,
collect evidence and lines of inquiry,
along with what forensic professional
we can send it to for further analysis."
LS Miller said when looking at a
crime scene it was important not to get
fixated on one aspect and important
not to contaminate the scene.
"Your main focus is just looking at
the scene holistically, not just focusing
on one piece of evidence," he said.
"One of the main considerations
with forensics is trace evidence you
can't see that we all leave everywhere,
from DNA to fingerprints.
"So it's part of our PPE (personal
protective equipment) to wear a full
suit covering ourselves and take con-
trol evidence to compare against evi-
dence we take to make sure it's natural
to the scene."
Before students receive their
Certificate IV Crime Scene they must
complete 100 hours on-the-job training,
including 30 hours with civilian police.
The course will help expand what
LS Miller does as an investigator,
making him more self-sufficient.
"I'm trained to investigate service
offences," he said.
"However, the collection of foren-
sic evidence requires the 'scenes of
crime' examiners course.
"Now I have that qualification I can
work my own scene and conduct my
Luke Miller dusts
Photo: CPL Max Bree
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A NAVAL engineering reunion for all
serving, retired and civilian mem-
bers of the engineering branches
is scheduled for November 8 at the
Tuggeranong Rugby Union and
Amateur Sports Club in Wanniassa,
Canberra, starting at 5.30pm. Cost is
$50. For further details, email ran.na-
MEMBERS of HMAS Toowoomba's
maritime logistics department came to
the aid of Foodbank Western Australia
by providing much-needed manpower
on September 26. Foodbank feeds
the hungry in less affluent areas of
Western Australia. LSML-C Paul
Cahill instigated the ship's involve-
ment after finding out the organisation
needed help assembling hampers
from the donated products in prepara-
tion for distribution.
LSIS Helen Frank
WITH 85 per cent of the electron-
ics competition judged, the Navy
Engineering Challenge is hotting up
with the final two teams to be judged by
the end of October.
Each team has assembled a kit to cre-
ate an optical fire control system nick-
System alignment must be completed
with the supplied laser and a tracking
and laser-firing run conducted against
Challenge judge LCDR Damon Craig
said all teams had been able to complete
the challenge and score hits on the target
video. "We have seen a wide variety of
kits," LCDR Craig said.
"Some teams went for simple con-
struction and spent more time on the
software and target accuracy where oth-
ers amazed us with the build quality and
LCDR Craig was impressed with the
level of interest and said it was a real-
istic and achievable challenge but still
allowed for excellence to be displayed.
"We are well under way with devel-
opment of a new kit for 2014 named
BONNee," he said.
"This system will build on the skills
teams used in the AIMee and MONTee
"Teams have generally been fine
with hitting targets, but the friend or foe
colour test has challenged some teams
and allows for growth and development
before the finals."
POET Jeremy Younger is also a judge
and said the competition was hot in the
west. "I think the team led by PO Phillip
Andrew called Phil Tank is the one to
watch, they have scored the highest to
date," he said.
The finals will be held with
the Marine and Aviation Technical
Challenge at the Heritage Centre on
Garden Island in Sydney.
The winning team will be announced
as Navy Champion Technicians and win-
ning members will receive a medallion
and cuff badge.
Pointy end of season
for engineer challenge
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