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Peter J. Cestare, Specialist

peter cestareSME: Crime Scene Investigation
Crime Scene Documentation
Crime Scene Reconstruction
Blood Pattern Analysis
Evidence Collection, Handling and Processing
Evidence Preservation
Court Room Presentation
Chain of Custody

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Area of Study: Criminal Justice, Psychology – Clinical and Profiling

Specialist Cestare is actively employed in law enforcement in the State of South Carolina as the Commanding Officer of the Crime Scene Investigations Unit and the Property & Evidence Section of the Horry County Police Department. Specialist Cestare assists in the investigation of homicides and violent crimes and specializes in crime scene reconstruction, photography, preservation of evidence, evidence handling and processing, casting of tire and shoe impressions, latent prints, blood pattern analysis, and trajectory analysis. He is charged with the forensics portion of the investigation, from arrival at the scene all the way through providing expert testimony at trial. He is required to preserve, collect, process, testify and present evidence in court. All of these skills are applied to physical evidence to determine if the evidence matches the version of events provided by victims, witnesses, or suspects. Specialist Cestare began his career in law enforcement over 30 years ago having started 1981 in the New York City Housing Authority Police Department where the concept of vertical patrol evolved. He retired from the City of New York, where he was a Detective Commander in charge of the Major Case Investigations Unit / Elevator Vandalism Squad. While Commander of the Elevator Vandalism Squad, he specialized in mechanical injury / death investigations involving elevator systems and elevator shafts. He has conducted over 1000 elevator related fatality and injury investigations. In addition, he was responsible for conducting site security surveys, elevator and building vandalism investigations for all New York City Public Housing locations. During his tenure with New York City, he was twice awarded the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Police Officer, the NYC Medal of Honor, and the NY Yankees Medal of Honor. Several of Specialist Cestare’s cases have been featured in documentaries, news shows and prime time specials. He is a published author in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. He brings with him a tremendous amount of insight into the field of forensics and crime scene investigations. Specialist Cestare holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Empire State College, the State University of New York, in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Specialist Cestare has worked with city, county, state, and federal governmental agencies in various law enforcement aspects and criminal investigations. He is eager to assist security agencies, law enforcement agencies and personnel in their endeavors to become well educated in the field of crime scene investigations and forensics.  “Instilling professionalism through training”.
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