How Policing Has Changed (9)

Today’s abbreviation from ‘One In For D & D’ is S.O.C.O. which translates to ‘Scenes Of Crime Officer’ Nowadays officers wear proper protective clothing when attending crime scenes or postmortems and health and safety is a high priority. In the 70s as CID officers we routinely attended postmortems in our every day suits and stood next to the Forensic Pathologist whilst they carried out their work in the mortuary. People always knew where you had been afterwards because they could smell formaldehyde on your clothing! Challenging personal

experiences but vital in terms of investigatory work. The staff behind the scenes who collect forensic evidence such as DNA or fingerprints are often the unsung heroes who break open a case and find the vital lead. (picture courtesy of the Express & Star)

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