Friday, 5 June 2009

Mystery Day with Constable Stace!

On Thursday the 4th of June Constable Stace came to our class to teach us how to fingerprint. We got to solve a mystery as well it was really fun for me and my classmates. all of us got a couple of our own fingerprints. After morning tea we started our own mystery most of us loved doing the mystery and other people didn't like doing it because it was tiring. I liked doing it because it was cool doing a mystery "Man in the ditch". For the man in the ditch mystery we got to look at someones wallet is name was Mark Pullen he was suspeacted to be the man in the ditch we had a look in the mans wallet it had loads of things in it there was a few messages and there was a ID and a picture of a girl. All of the class liked the mystery and I did to. The class was so sad because they thought they had cracked the code but they did not they did all that work for nothing thats what happends every day to the police staion and this is only easy work for them they do harder work then us. The finger printing was so fun we were looking at finger prints on a cup of coffee some one touched it we found out who touched it and who drank it it was Constable Stace ! my friends thought that they knew who was in the ditch but they had another thing coming it is someone you will not expect. It is very tricky to investigate the man in the ditch but at the end it pay off to Know who the man in the ditch was.
By Zee and JD
Fingerprinting Day on PhotoPeach

1 comment:

  1. yes sometimes police have to do a lot of enquiry work that doesn't lead to the answer. But its not necessarily wasted. For example it may serve to eliminate one possible scenario thus confirming that another line of enquiry is more likely to be right (and prove in court that we have disproved alternative explanations that defence counsel might suggest in order to create 'reasonable doubt'). Also... imagine if we had done what police usually do and gone to the next of kin first only to discover that the 'victim' was still alive? The question we would then be asking him would be 'how did your wallet end up on the body of the dead guy?' because he suddenly became a very good suspect. We would still have to do all those enquiries to corroborate his account of his movements and rule him out as a suspect! At the end of the day police investigate to prove or disprove. Enquiries which serve to disprove guilt or involvement are known as the process of elimination - systematically discounting all the alternatives until there is only one.

    Either way police enquiries involve a lot of work. Its not at all like on TV where they solve the crime in half an hour. Way cooler though.. what do you think?

    Senior Constable Rohan Stace