by Lauren Hallacher
Photographs are an integral part to documenting any crime scene. Especially when it's used as evidence in court. Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says, "Photo's is what sells it to a jury." "Everything has to be perfect and that's part of what the documentation piece is ... Is having really, really good photographic documentation," says William Green, CCFMTC Medical Director.
Roughly 20 nurses from five north state hospitals, gathered at the Chico Police and Fire Training Center for an extensive one-day forensic photography course. Oroville Hospital Nurse Deborah McIntyre says, "When you keep telling the same story over and over again things change. You document it in a certain way and that way the story doesn't change."
The training, organized by the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center, helps these nurses expand their current medical exams of sexual assault victims, by teaching them the proper way to document the evidence.