By Scott Bolthouse
The addition of a new evidence tech unit was announced Friday by the Huron Township Police Department, and Chief Everette Robbins believes their presence in the township will cause a decline in crime within the community.
“This is a service that I am proud that we can provide for our residents. We have had this unit up and running for a few weeks now and they have already collected evidence that has resulted in suspect identifications. I expect that we will see case closures go up, which will eventually result in a decline in crime in our community,” Robbins said.
The group will be made up of command Sgt. Robert Kelch, Corporal Kari Schneider, Corporal Tony Grant and Corporal Jon Bettendorf.
All of the officers who make up the newly added unit have vast experience with the Huron Department and are certified as evidence technicians.
The training and certification of each evidence tech was funded through grants — at no cost to residents — according to Robbins.
The unit will operate on an on-call basis, responding 24/7 to incidents such as home invasions, suspicious deaths, criminal sexual conducts, violent crimes and any other type of crime that would require the unit’s specific expertise.
“The officers within this unit have volunteered to respond from home during their off time so that they could provide this service for our residents. They take great pride in the work they do and we could not provide this service without each of their dedication,” Robbins said.
When the unit responds to a crime scene, they will be wearing specific uniforms with the words “Evidence Tech” written on them.
“Our goal is to continue to provide quality and professional service to our residents. This unit will get better each time they respond to a crime scene. I am confident that these officers, under the leadership of Sgt. Kelch and with continued training, will prove to be a highly successful and respected unit,” he said.