AFOSI shares forensic knowledge

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 212 hosted a forensic science demonstration here, March 28.

The detachment performed the demo for visiting foreign service members as part of a Language and Culture Exchange Program: Jordanian Junior Program, with the Jordanian Directorate of Military Security, which is a similar agency to AFOSI.

“They don’t typically work this sort of crime in their day-to-day work,” said Special Agent Carl Hanauer, Det. 212 commander. “We want to show them what’s different between OSI and DMS, because a lot of things are similar. We want to highlight the bloodstain pattern analysis capability and then give them a demonstration on it.”

During the demo, individuals from the detachment and their guests took turns exerting force on a dummy head with various weapons in a plastic-covered area.

After the "attacks," Special Agent Shelly Herold, AFOSI 2nd Field Investigations Squadron forensic science consultant assigned to Joint Base Andrews, Md., pointed out various blood patterns and what they signified about the crime scene.

“Blood can tell us a lot,” said SA Herold. “It can tell us about movement in the scene and where the bloodshed event occurred, depending on the specifics of the case. It's really just getting a full-view of what occurred at the crime scene not only to give some closure to the families of the deceased but also to make sure the case is investigated to its fullest.”

OSI helps investigate crime scenes such as homicides, suicides and accidental deaths. Although the DMS does not deal with crime scenes, the demonstration provided them with an inside look at how OSI uses forensic science and also gave both agencies an opportunity for better mutual understand.