Ask a Cop: Does the MCPD use psychics?

Sgt. Chris Yagelski

Q: I see all the time on CSI that they use psychics and DNA matches to assist in murder or kidnapping cases and this just seems way too easy. Does your department ever use psychics? I would think that this would really help?

A: Besides movies or TV shows, I don’t know of any local departments who have ever used a psychic. Of course, it doesn’t mean that we won’t. When it comes to solving crimes we never ignore any possibilities. Sometimes it seems so easy to solve crimes when you are watching this sort of thing for entertainment, but some of the methods are not realistic or feasible in real police investigations. DNA is a very valuable tool, but rest assured it never happens in an hour. There is no magical machine we can use to put DNA in a computer and a picture of a suspect pops up and a GPS coordinate leads us right to them!

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