Toxicology, ballistics, fingerprints, and trace evidence, all departments at Washoe County's Crime Lab opened their doors to the public for about four hours today.
While all of it looks well orchestrated and it was, securing evidence, protecting sensitive areas, and getting personnel on the same schedule with no court appearances was all needed to to make the open house possible.
11-year old Taylor Bradshaw, and 12-year old Nick Hummel have been waiting two months for the tour...
And they were not disappointed.
" It makes me understand it a bit more, how hard it is for detectives and people like scientists, to help solve cases." said NIck For Tyler, " I just wanted to see all the things they use in real life."
This tour is much more interactive than 20-years ago...guests got to look for trace blood samples on a shoe, get their fingerprints taken...and later try to match it up. Organizers say this was a way to give the public a good sense of what they do...the intricacies, the time, and the results. Done Means the crime lab director says he wants guests to leave here with a real understanding of the what they have done to make the lab a success. " I want them to take with them is their crime lab because they are the ones that supported us for the last 30-=years."
Means says he'd like to do more of these tours. But because of the sensitive machinery as well the fact it's a working lab with real life evidence and crime to solve, closed doors are more common than an open house.