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Matthew Bacon - Forensic

Matthew Bacon
Matthew Bacon, Graduate Forensics

From a young age I have had an interest in science; a desire to know how things work. With a family background in policing, I decided that through forensic science I could use my curiosity to help better the community.

I chose the Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination) and I decided to study with CIT because it has both the practicality of a TAFE and theoretics of a university; learning not only the how, but why as well. What sealed the deal for me was that Police Departments from across the country place their Crime Scene Examiners through CIT, so you know you're training with a trusted industry body.

The highlight of the course was having the chance to learn about all disciplines of forensic science, giving me the chance to decide where my interests are and further develop my skills. As the course is taught by industry experts I feel CIT has equipped me with the knowledge and skills required for not only the technical aspects of the job but also the application processes, giving me an edge over the competition.

My most memorable moment as a CIT student was having the opportunity to take part in the National Bomb Data Centre Explosive Range Day, witnessing first-hand the devastating range of effects that explosives can have.

I am now working as a Forensic Officer in the Fire and Explosion Unit for the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department; examining suspicious fires and/or explosions to determine cause and origin, as well as laboratory examinations of ignitable liquid and explosive residues. What I love about forensic science is that every day and every call out is different. You arrive at a crime scene with a puzzle to solve, and there's nothing more satisfying than completing the picture.

I would highly recommend CIT because you're taught by leaders in the industry, you don't get that knowledge and experience in a regular lecture theatre.