CSI South Korea

D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences Director Dr. Max Houck is interviewed by Korean Broadcasting System producer Hyungjin Hong.

Just like in the United States, television shows such as the “CSI” franchise are a big hit in South Korea, spurring public interest in the forensic sciences.

The Korean Broadcasting System, similar to PBS in the U.S., decided to do a story on how forensic science really works, and compare and contrast how it’s done in South Korea and the U.S. KBS chose the District of Columbia’s Department of Forensic Sciences – a science-based agency that operates independent of law enforcement – and its state-of-the-art Consolidated Forensic Laboratory to illustrate the process in America.

On Jan. 16, a three-person KBS crew visited the CFL for a three-hour shoot. Segments include an interview with Dr. Roger Mitchell, who heads the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner located in the CFL; an interview with DFS Director Dr. Max Houck; Forensic Scientist Laurel Hassberger working a mock crime scene and explaining her procedures; and shots of DNA Technician Andrew Feiter working in the lab.

Forensic scientist Laurel Hassberger works a mock crime scene for a TV shoot at DFS’s Consolidated Forensic Laboratory with the Korean Broadcasting System.

Source: Department of Forensic Sciences

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