From taking fingerprints during routine break-ins to dealing with gruesome murder scenes, Const. Shannon Green keeps her phone charged in order to take the call for the next crime.
The 18-year-old veteran is a forensic identification officer with Barrie Police, achieving a long-term goal with the tough job.
“I really think I gained years of experience before I got into this field. You watch crime scenes in a different area. You come after the fact and put puzzle pieces together and support for the full investigation. “Green said.
Green was a Auxiliary Constable with the Barrie Police Department for five years and worked with Corrections before being hired in Toronto.
After two years, she returned to the police in her hometown.
Green is a graduate of Eastview High School who went on to complete a two-year graphic design program at Georgian College.
“Now that I’m in forensic medicine, drawing is part of it,” she said. “When I go into certain scenes, we have to make plans and that’s something I can do.”
It’s a full time for the all-rounder cop who has done almost everything from frontline policing to the maritime unit and the emergency support unit.
She traveled to the Vancouver Olympics and the G20 in Toronto with the Public Order Unit and worked downtown for three years in a dedicated team.
But with forensic identification, this officer has found her place since joining the unit two years ago.
“Everything has to be done in order. If we have other specialists coming in, we have to give them time to do their job. And then before we dismantle the scene, we have to make sure that the homicide investigators are satisfied. of what we provided them, ”explained Green.
“The most recent homicides we’ve had, the double homicide this year, I was on the scene for five to seven days, I believe, and it’s long hours. You’re in this scene for endless hours. just getting all the information we can get out of this area takes time. “
Green has her own way of dealing with what she sees.
“When you get into a situation like that, it’s all done. Nothing else is going to happen. Nothing is going to change. So you see it like, okay, what can I do to help the deceased or the people who demand our forensic specialties – to make sure they are properly treated. That if people are charged, these charges remain valid and that we have all the evidence to confirm these charges, “she said. declared.
“That’s how I deal with it. I deal with the fact that I am now taking care of these people and doing everything I can to make sure that they are taken care of. help. This allows me to move on to the next scene. “
She is a homebody who enjoys nature and outdoor activities, including mountain biking, running and ball hockey.
“I think that also helps with this work. It’s an outlet,” she said.
The job also takes her out of the office, which Green loves and every day is different.
“I have been very lucky and at this point hopefully that brings me to my retirement date,” said Green.
“We get involved in so many different things that it motivates and challenges you. The learning opportunities throughout your career keep you alert. With my current position, the learning opportunities are endless.”