Transcript: Police Sketches | May 23, 2000

(Music plays)

The screen shows a girl in her twenties who’s sitting down reading a newspaper in a big office. She has shoulder-length Brown hair in half a ponytail and a blue sweater with lavender details. There’s a black purse on the table right next to her. She looks focused. A caption on the top left corner reads ‘Dramatization.’

A man in his late thirties walks in. He has dark hair, and is clean-shaven. He wears a grey shirt and blue jeans. Suddenly, he grabs the purse and runs off. The girl immediately stands up to go after him.

A slate shows a black and white picture featuring a man in his thirties. He has short dark hair, clean-shaven and no glasses. He wears a white shirt and a dark sweater. A slate below him reads ‘The purse snatcher.’

Now the screen shows a laptop displaying an identikit of a man in his late thirties with dark hair, clean-shaven and no glasses.

A police officer appears on screen. He is in his forties, bald and with a moustache. He wears a black suit, a white shirt and a colorful floral tie. He and the girl sit in a room. They both look at the screen while changing the physical appearance of the identikit according to the girl’s descriptions.

The Officer says FOR THE FACE, WE HAVE A
NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FACES.
SO IF, FOR INSTANCE,
HE'S SLIMMER, LONG CHIN,
A LITTLE FATTER,
WE CAN DO THAT.
SO WHEREVER YOU
WANT TO START.

The Girl says THE EYES ARE WRONG.

The Officer says THE EYES ARE WRONG?

The The Girl continues says THEY SLOPE DOWN
TOO MUCH.

The screen features the officer being interviewed on the street. A slate below reads ‘Constable Joe Berkeley. Peel Regional Police.’

Joe says YES, THAT'S THE TYPICAL SORT
OF SCENARIO YOU WOULD GET.
IT IS SOMEONE TRYING TO
RECALL A FLEETING MOMENT
WHEN SOMETHING TRAUMATIC
HAPPENED TO THEM.

Back to the room, Joe and the girl are still work on the identikit.

The Girl says DO YOU THINK WE CAN CHANGE
THE SHAPE OF THE FACE?

Joe says OH, SURE.

The Girl continues BECAUSE HIS JAW IS
TOO HEAVY.

Joe says OKAY, THAT WE
CAN DO.

The Girl says GO BACK ONE.

Joe says GO BACK ONE?
'CAUSE AS YOU CHANGE THE
FACE, THINGS MIGHT LOOK
A LITTLE DIFFERENT
AT THE END.
SO FAR I GUESS THE EYES,
NOSE AND MOUTH ARE FINE.

The screen shows the variations of the identikit as the descriptions given by the girl change.

A slate reads ‘Claire Meldrum.’

Claire says IT'S HARD.
THERE'S SO MANY
VARIABLES TO THINK OF
AND TO EXPLAIN TO
SOMEONE ELSE.
YOU KNOW IT INSTINCTIVELY, BUT
GIVING TO A SECOND PERSON
TO PROCESS AND THEN PUT DOWN
IS VERY NON-TANGIBLE,
SO IT MAKES IT
KIND OF TRICKY.

Joe says WE'RE DOING PRETTY GOOD.
WHAT I NEED TO DO NOW IS,
I'LL JUST MOVE AROUND
THE FEATURES A BIT AND
YOU LET ME KNOW
IF IT'S MAKING HIM
LOOK WORSE OR BETTER.
OKAY?

Joe continues ARTISTIC ABILITY IS AN ASSET
BECAUSE IT ALLOWS YOU
TO UNDERSTAND THE
FEATURES OF THE FACE.
IN ADDITION TO THAT, YOU
ALSO NEED TO BE TRAINED
TO DO INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES
BECAUSE THE INTERVIEW
IS JUST AS IMPORTANT
AS THE SOFTWARE
AND AS THE ARTISTIC
ABILITY.

Claire says CAN WE CHANGE THE
LENGTH OF THE NOSE?

Joe says THE NOSE?
SURE WE CAN.
WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO
DO IS SETTLE ON A FACE
THAT YOU THINK
IS A GOOD ONE?

Claire says OKAY, I THINK IT
WAS ABOUT TWO BACK.
THAT ONE'S A
LITTLE SQUARE.

Joe says THIS ONE?

Claire says NO.

Joe asks OR THAT ONE?

Claire responds THAT ONE.

Joe appears on screen. He’s in a room with computers displaying identikits. Sitting down, he shows to the camera a black and white example of a man’s identikit. Then he shows a file with a picture of the same man in a paper file that reads ‘Sexual Assault Investigation’ on top.

Joe says NOW HERE, JUST TO GIVE YOU
AN EXAMPLE OF HOW DIFFERENT
COMPOSITE ARTISTS HAVE TRIED
TO TAKE THE INFORMATION
BEING GIVEN BY A WITNESS
AND PUT IT INTO A PHOTO,
JUST HOW DIFFICULT IT IS, WE
HAVE THE SAME PERSON BEING
DONE BY THE COMPOSITE ARTIST
IN METRO, IN TORONTO NOW,
AND THE FEATURES SOME MIGHT
SAY ARE NOT SIMILAR AT ALL.

Now Joe shows Claire a new version of identikit.

Joe says I CAN SEE YOU
DON'T LIKE THIS ONE.

Claire says NOT QUITE BUT, HE LOOKS MUCH
MORE HUMAN WITH SHOULDERS.
(Laughs)

Claire says IT FEELS LIKE HIM?
I KNOW IT DOESN'T
LOOK TOTALLY,
EXACTLY LIKE THE GUY
WHO TOOK MY PURSE BUT,
THERE'S A SENSE OF HIM.

Joe says I WILL MOVE THE
MOUTH UP A BIT
AND YOU TELL ME WHAT
EFFECT THAT HAS.
BETTER OR WORSE?

Claire says UM... NO.
IT FEELS LESS
LIKE HIM.
IT'S KIND OF FRUSTRATING
'CAUSE I KNOW WHAT I SAW
AND I'D RECOGNIZE HIM
AGAIN IF I SAW HIM BUT...
HE FEELS LIKE HIM.
NOT TOTALLY.

A slate shows the picture and the identikit of the snatcher put together.

The snatcher enters the room and looks at the final version of the identikit. There’s a caption below him that reads ‘Thom Ernst.’

Thom says WELL, DO I SEE
MYSELF IN THAT?
NO, NOT PARTICULARLY.

Joe says WHAT WOULD
YOU CHANGE?

Thom says I WOULD MAKE
THE HAIR SHORTER.
I WOULD AGE THE
FACE A LITTLE BIT,
ALTHOUGH I APPRECIATE
THAT, THANK YOU.

Claire says I WANTED YOU OLDER
BUT I DIDN'T KNOW
HOW TO MAKE
YOU OLDER, SORRY
(Laughs)

Thom says WELL, THAT'S OKAY.

Claire giggles and continues IT'S HARD TO RECOGNIZE
PEOPLE, THAT'S WHAT I THINK.
ESPECIALLY IF IT'S JUST
IN A BRIEF FLEETING-
I'D DO A BETTER
PROFILE OF YOU.

Thom says I THOUGHT PERHAPS MAYBE
I LOOKED LIKE THAT.
THANK YOU.

Joe says WHEN WE HAVE DEVELOPED
A SUSPECT THAT WE
ARE COMFORTABLE WITH, WE WOULD
THEN PUT A PHOTO LINEUP
IN PLACE AND SEE IF THE
VICTIM CAN GO THE ONE STEP
FURTHER AND IDENTIFY PERSONS
IN THAT PHOTO LINE-UP.

Claire says WORKING AS A
WITNESS WAS HARD.
I MEAN, YOU END UP LOOKING
AT THE PICTURE OF A PERSON
THAT YOU'RE CREATING LONGER
THAN YOU EVER GOT TO LOOK
AT THE PERSON THAT RAN
BY AND TOOK YOUR PURSE.
I HAVE A FEELING THAT
THOM MIGHT HAVE WALKED,
UNLESS THERE WAS MORE
EVIDENCE OR SECURITY TAPES
OR SOMETHING BECAUSE I SAW
HIM SO BRIEFLY THAT I MEAN,
MAKING A POSITIVE
IDENTIFICATION I DON'T KNOW
IF I COULD DO IT AND BE
100 PERCENT CONFIDENT ABOUT IT.

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