Cayman’s newest scenes of crime officer told Cayman 27 life on the job is far less glamorous than what you see on shows like CSI.
Inspired by the television series as a teenager, Brittney Parchman said she’s thrilled to officially join the RCIPS in her dream job, after years of never giving up.
“I used to watch it every day after school, and I was like ‘oh my gosh this is so interesting,'” said Ms. Parchman. “I could see myself doing that when I was older, and here I am twelve years later, doing what I love.”
She credits patience, perserverance, and prayer for helping her keep her focus through years of education and training.
“It was a long bumpy road, schooling was difficult, it was not easy but I made it through and of course there was trying to get in here which was also quite difficult, but I made it through,” she said.
Ms. Parchman joined the RCIPS in October of 20-4, but started her role with the scenes of crime unit Tuesday (1 March). She said as a Caymanian, it’s a thrill to work in her home country.
“In this field, there’s not many jobs. At one point in time I was thinking about going away, but I was like this is my home, I love it, I want to make a difference and this is where I really want to be, this is where I want to work,” she said.
She told Cayman 27 the reality of life on the job is nothing like they make it seem on the television series.
“They go to a lot of scenes, and they always find evidence, and that’s not always the case. You don’t always go to every scene and find fingerprints or DNA or anything like that, although we’d love that, but that’s just not the case,” she said, noting that detectives on CSI never seem to get messy when dusting for prints.
She told Cayman 27 she hopes her own story of perseverance can inspire other young people to never give up on their dreams.
“For me I thought there were times where I was like ‘oh no, I’m never going to be a crime scene investigator,’ and here I am, twelve years later, and I finally, I’m doing what I love and I want youngsters to believe that it is possible,” said Ms. Parchman.
And that, it seems, is a real-life Hollywood ending.