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Alaska's first CSI takes on blood and burglaries in sub-zero weather

Alaska's first CSI takes on blood and burglaries in sub-zero weather




Alaska, the Last Frontier state, now has its first and สล็อต only crime scene investigator. What drew the native Alaskan
to the forensic sciences?


Two years into her justice degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shasta Pomeroy went on a ride-along with
the local police and was allowed to observe an outdoor crime scene.


At the time, she was unsure of her future. She was taking law classes, but knew she didn't want a career as an attorney.


That night changed everything for her.


"I knew that I wanted to be on scene. I was never more sure of anything in my life. My family were surprised, but they
were super supportive," she says.


Pomeroy completed the law classes, but it was a five-week study trip one summer to University of California Riverside,
some 55 miles (88km) east of downtown Los Angeles, that was her leap of faith.


"The crime scene investigation certification was expensive, and it meant travelling into the Lower 48," she says.
"I was really seeing if this was what I wanted."


She learned about crime scene photography, bloodstain pattern recognition, collecting DNA, entomology (insect)
samples and more, and it quickly confirmed she had made the right choice.


"I'm not emotion-driven, and I can't explain it, but I just knew."


She was born in Oregon but raised from infancy in North Pole, a small Alaska town about 15 miles south of Fairbanks,
where it always feels like Christmas, with year-round decorations and a Santa Claus House.


In 2016, Pomeroy joined the Fairbanks Police Department [FPD] as a data clerk but would study in her down time and
read forensic science books "for fun".


She then became an evidence technician, preserving and packaging evidence for later analysis by scientific investigators,
and while she worked "tagging and bagging", she completed her Masters in Administration of Justice. Her final project
reviewed the use of forensic science in law enforcement, and how it could apply within Alaska.


She had one goal in mind.

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