Applying Skills to Crime Scene Investigations

After nearly 20 years of processing hundreds of crime scenes across Oklahoma and in parts of Texas, Alumnus Jim Stokes and his former colleague wondered if there were more efficient and effective ways to collect evidence at a crime scene and to document the process for the criminal justice system.

Stokes, who serves as the Criminalist Administrator for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and his partner, Forensic Specialist Eric Richardson of the League City Police Department, turned these musings into two mobile apps CSI Connect, a checklist for officers for collecting all types of evidence at the scene, and SmartScene, a device to document all actions at a crime scene, right down to notes and reports.

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