One such person who has contributed in all of the ways mentioned above is Mr. Zuiker, who attended high school in Las Vegas, and who also lived in Henderson.
Mr. Zuiker is the creator and Executive Producer of CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: New York, and CSI: Miami. Mr. Zuiker put crime scene investigation and evidence analysis in the minds of many througout the world. Granted, misunderstanding related to the CSI series caused some to believe that many crimes could be solved in one hour, and that all crime scenes should produce physical evidence to demonstrate the facts and determine who did what to whom. Who can fault a victim for wishing that to be so? As a direct result, a new term is now part of our vocabulary: the "CSI Effect". Certainly, crimes aren't solved in an hour (at least not often) unless a person is caught in the act [while in the commission of a crime] or when officers/detectives quickly develop solid leads. However, the criminal justice system often demands, and rightfully so in a large portion of cases, that any potential evidence obtained must be processed and subsequently analyzed in a forensic laboratory.
The CSI shows helped showcase some of the potential capabilities of a fully-equipped, fully-staffed forensic laboratory and coroner’s office. It has given us a glimpse of what forensic science can do for us, even though we know that many of the processes used to get a particular result aren't especially realistic.
CSI has opened the eyes of an unknowing public. Many people are now more aware of the what fully staffed forensic laboratories, CSI units, and coroner’s offices can do. In fact, thanks to the show, many in law enforcement have a much better understanding of the capabilities of their own crime scene investigation units and forensic labs. Another result is the fact that so many students around the world have sought degrees in math, natural and physical science, and engineering because of the influence of the CSI shows.
Until the first CSI shows aired in 2000, victims often handled items touched by suspects, put things away, cleaned up after the crime while waiting for the police to arrive, or simply decided that law enforcement wouldn’t be able to catch the persons responsible. The CSI shows have (indirectly) educated the public to the point that we now have victims who are informed enough about certain aspects of crime scene investigation that they now protect the items disturbed by the suspects. They even look for objects out of place or other tell-tale signs left by the suspect(s). More undisturbed evidence means an increase in the possibility of recovering identifiable fingerprints or DNA, and solving more crimes. When one crime is solved, others are prevented, and innocent lives are often saved as a result.
Thank you Mr. Zuiker —