Re: the future of CSI Ooops, forgot to define one of my terms in my last post here. In the US, a "sworn" officer is defined as an individual to takes an oath (hand raised, "I hereby swear ...) to uphold/enforce the laws of the land, and is thereby authorized --- by the law enforcement agency he/she works for --- to arrest suspects and carry a firearm. A sworn officer is issued a badge and credentials that say "police officer" or "deputy sheriff" or "special agent" ... and they must go through initial Academy training and then yearly/monthly updated training and "re-qualification" at the firing range to demonstrate their proficiency in the proper use of the firearms. Many law enforcement agencies in the US also authorize civilians ("non-sworn" personnel) in their employ to carry firearms ... usually for their personal protection in the field. In this situation, the civilian typically goes through the same initial and year/monthly firearms training & qualification at the range as a sworn officer; but a "non-sworn" individual does not have the authority to enforce laws or arrest a suspect. The badge and credentials they're issued typically says "criminalist" or "forensic technician" or "forensic scientist."