Cristie Fish has obtained a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Psychology from California State University Fullerton in 2005. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree she attended the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program (LPVROP) Forensic Science Academy in which she completed 368 hours of forensic science training including: Fingerprint Classification/ Pattern Identification/Sequencing, Basic and Advanced Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Photography, Report Writing, Advanced Technology in CSI including Chemical Processing and DNA, Death Investigation, Ridgeology and Friction Ridge Skin Comparison, Gangs and Narcotics, Courtroom Testimony and Laws of Arrest.
She has been employed with the Pasadena Police Department (PPD) as a Forensic Specialist since April 2007. During her fourteen years of experience with PPD she processed thousands of crimes scenes ranging from burglary calls to homicides and officer involved shootings. She has also testified on numerous cases in court; in January 2010 she was deemed a Court Qualified Latent Fingerprint Expert.
Cristie began her teaching career in August 2006 as an Instructional Aid at the LPVROP Forensic Science Academy. She was then promoted to Instructor in 2009 teaching the Basic and Advanced Crime Scene Investigation modules. Cristie was then hired as a full-time professor for the East Los Angeles College Administration of Justice Department. She is the lead professor teaching the Associate of Science Degree in Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Program courses including Fingerprint Classification, Criminal Investigations, Criminalistics I and II and, Ethics in Forensic Science, Offender Profiling and Directed Studies. She achieved tenure status in July 2021.
Professor Fish has introduced many aspects of the job to her students, including: Henry Classification, History of Forensic Science, Fingerprint Identification, Impression, Trace and Biological Evidence Recognition and Collection, Blood Spatter Documentation and Analysis, Gunshot Trajectory, Crime Scene Investigation and Documentation, Firearms and Ballistics, Toxicology, DNA and Death Investigation. The students are taught the importance of evidence collection when investigating a crime and they are also given hands-on opportunities to practice and gain experience in these sections. Professor Fish is very passionate about Forensics and loves sharing her knowledge and experience with others.