Sergeant Gregory Swyer will be dealing with the scenes of crime in Western Queensland. Photo Andrew Messenger / Western Times
Sergeant Gregory Swyer will be dealing with the scenes of crime in Western Queensland. Photo Andrew Messenger / Western Times Andrew Messenger

Greg Dwyer is new CSI sergeant

IT WASN'T until Sergeant Greg Dwyer saw his worst murder scene he knew what he wanted to do with his life.

It was a particularly nasty murder in Arakun, where he worked as a regular general police officer.

"I'd finished a shift and (the sergeant) woke me up," Sgt Dwyer said.

"He knew I did photography as a hobby.

"He's taken me into this scene which is still the most gruesome murder scene I've been in."

The scenes of crime team that serviced the area couldn't get to Arakun for two days, and the sergeant had made the determination that the community was going to be furious if police didn't act immediately.

It was the absolute worst sort of domestic violence - and very obvious who had done it.

"And I'm going through this photographing this horrific, horrific scene," Sgt Dwyer said.

"And I'm going 'I want to do this for a job'."

He never looked back. From that moment he wanted to work with the scenes of crime.

"I love the job, I think it is one of the best jobs you can have in the service."

He is the new, permanent sergeant doing forensics out west.

It brings to a close a period of flux where a number of temporary officers did the job. Greg said he has no intention of leaving, until retirement.

"I've pretty much decided I'm fine - I'll stay here until I'm finished," he said.

"We do everything from property photographs - seized property, found property - break and enters, assaults, right up to fatal crashes, murder scenes.

"Anything that requires evidence collection at a scene.

"We have a DNA lab here as well. I do the collection, but I can't do the processing.

"My job is to collect and preserve evidence and present it in court of law if required."

It's literally a massive job

"Technically the area here is about 640km by about 840km (from about St George and the border in the South to Tambo in the north)," he said.

"I go to any crime in those areas that I am required at."

 

He said that he liked the puzzle solving element of the job - and admitted to having a streak of OCD.

"We have to have something along those lines to want to do this part of the job," he said.

"And you have to be able to take criticism."


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