CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Real-life CSI specialists with the Charleston Police Department are being praised for their work in recent cases, along with members of the department's peer support team.
Authorities honored members of the Charleston Police Crime Scene Unit received Letters of Commendation for work that included recovering latent fingerprints leading to arrests and testifying in court to aid a jury's understanding of the evidence, according to Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis.
"Members of the Crime Scene Unit are dedicated to providing investigative support in the area of physical evidence analysis to the Charleston Police Department and other local agencies," Francis said.
Investigators collected forensic evidence from the scene of an Oct. 20 burglary on Magnolia Avenue in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood that led police to arrest a suspect. The evidence, submitted to Richland County's Sheriff's Laboratory, allowed forensic technicians to extract DNA that identified the suspect, Francis said.
In another case, the Crime Scene Unit responded to a theft from a motor vehicle on Dec. 8 on St. Margaret Street. Police were able to collect fingerprint evidence that identified a suspect who was arrested and charged in that crime, Francis said.
Members of the unit also provided testimony in the murder trial of Robert Kronsberg, who was convicted of murdering his 25-year-old girlfriend, Tasha Lucia.
Peer Support Team members also received recognition for their work to help police employees who need support through times of personal and professional crises. Members include sworn and non-sworn personnel and a volunteer licensed clinical psychologist who is retired from a police agency in Michigan. They are specifically trained colleagues, not counselors or therapists, Francis said.