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The Northern Echo is the national press for the North East and I am pleased to see that just so very shortly after hearing that I have been awarded a WTC fellowship, that news is travelling fast.
What did they write? Here it is...
Crime cracker passing on skills 1:01pm Monday 23rd February 2009
By Bessie Robinson » A WOMAN who teaches the science behind cracking complex crimes is crossing the world to study how colleagues in other countries work.
Hazel Biggs, a crime scenes investigator (CSI) instructor at Harperley Hall, near Crook, County Durham, will use a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship grant to spend seven weeks travelling across the US, New Zealand and Australia.
She will report back on her experiences and explain how she will use them in her work at the National Policing Improvement Agency Forensic Centre.
She will then be presented with a Churchill Medallion at a ceremony in London's Guildhall and become a Churchill life fellow - one of 100 created each year.
Ms Biggs was an operational CSI for ten years with Hertfordshire Constabulary where she worked on a wide range of cases from murders to criminal damage.
She moved north six years ago and now enjoys a rewarding job training CSIs from all over the world.
She also teaches fire investigation skills and sets up training for forensic medical examiners.
She said: "When I see past students on TV at major crime scenes and receive emails from them tellingme how valuable the training has been to their operational career, it is very satisfying.
"Knowing that my role influences operational policing at this level all over the world is extremely rewarding."
She also welcomes the increased interest in her subject thanks to TV programmes such as CSI andWaking the Dead - but warns students that the work is never as glamorous as on the screen.
"What television does not show is the rigid discipline of the work, which takes its toll both physically and emotionally, " she said.
"Dealing with a complex forensic examination of a crime scene can take days in very difficult circumstances.
"A CSI often puts their own personal life second to their role within policing because of the very nature of the work.
"Wearing white suits and personal protective equipment portrayed on the television is both hot and uncomfortable.
"Working with the level of attention to detail while searching for and recovering forensic evidence over a number of hours at serious crime scenes is exhausting."
Hazels' tip of the day: When being interviewed by the press, ensure you check the work before this goes to press.