NASHVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – CBS’s NCIS: Los Angeles may be a fictional TV show about an elite division of the naval criminal investigative service that specializes in undercover assignments. But the real-life investigative unit at the Nash County Sheriff’s Office uses similar tools to solve crimes.
Bosh, a K-9, is an officer at the sheriff’s department and, like the CBS drama, he is also regularly sent into life-threatening situations.
“He goes off of just human scent itself, whatever is foreign to the terrain,” said Bosh’s partner Deputy David Boykin. “You trust your dog, that he’s going to lead you.”
WNCN CBS North Carolina put Bosh to the test. Photographer Dan West hid in a ditch with a Go Pro camera in hand. Bosh was given the command to “track.” It only took 35 seconds for Bosh to find West.
Boykin says skin cells blow in the wind and Bosh does what’s called “casting” to find people.
“When he goes back and forth if he’s going to the left of the right, that’s just letting me know that it’s not left or right, but in the middle is where that actual track itself is going to be,” Boykin said.
The team of Bosh and Boykin have been credited with helping track missing people, narcotics and apprehension.
Also like NCIS LA agents, evidence custodian Jeremy Hardy has mastered gadgets used to analyze evidence found at a crime scene. “Fingerprints, footprints, DNA, hair, fibers, anything that will help us out,” Hardy said.
Hardy uses several techniques to find fingerprints including a chemical technique, a technique using Superglue and brushed black fingerprint powder. ….such as fuming a chemical technique where evidence is put in an aquarium 30 minutes. The fingerprints are now evident on this bottle.
“An impression is then saved on what’s called a hing-lifter,” Hardy said. “It’s then sent to the SBI.”
Many tools are used to solve crimes in Nash County. To see many more tools that law enforcement uses, you can watch NCIS: Los Angeles right here on CBS North Carolina Mondays at 10 p.m. NCIS: New Orleans airs Tuesdays at 9 while the original NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8.
The action-crime series, now in its 13th season, remains the most popular drama on TV. This season it is averaging more than 20 million viewers each week.
The network says it has renewed the NCIS series for two more seasons, and that series star and executive producer Mark Harmon has signed a new two-year deal.