Target Does Forensic Work For The Government
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When the ATF needs help with the more technical aspects of crime solving, like DNA testing, fingerprint analysis, or zooming in super-close on closed circuit surveillance footage, they hire the experts. We're not talking about the CSI squad. We're talking about Target. Yes, the department store chain.
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And now you'll hear this every time you walk through the doors.
On top of providing Walmart services without the Walmart experience or the Walmart hepatitis, Target runs one of the top-rated forensic crime labs in America. It does kind of make sense -- Target originally set up its lab to help curtail petty thieves wantonly liberating them of their discount merchandise. Then Target forensics became so good at what they do that they now work as consultants for real law enforcement agencies.
Back in 2005, the ATF were looking to identify a serial robbery suspect, and took the unusual step of contacting Target for help. Six months later, the retail sleuths were able to help investigators secure a conviction and put a wanted felon behind bars. Since then, law enforcement has made use of Target's forensic expertise several times, including a homicide case in 2006 in which Houston investigators needed help repairing a fire-damaged surveillance tape -- a task that even freaking NASA was unable to achieve. Target did it, and they cracked the case. Target has even helped coordinate undercover operations and worked hand-in-hand with customs agencies.
Plus, the everyday low prices on polymerase chain reaction tests saves law enforcement a bundle!
In fact, they've reportedly gotten so many requests of late that they've been forced to scale back their volunteer efforts to include only "large-scale" crimes. So the lesson here is that if you're planning on shoplifting a pair of Hello Kitty socks from the Juniors aisle, try to do it during a major murder investigation.
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