California police forensics unit is all female; is it the ‘CSI’ effect?

By Kate Mather Los Angeles Times Published Feb 14, 2014 at 11:05AM
Christina Pinto, a Forensic ID Specialist with the Torrance, Calif., Police Department, works in the lab after collecting evidence at a burglary on Dec. 3, 2013. Pino is part of a seven women forensics team at Torrance PD calling themselves the Fabulous Forensic Females. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Christina Pino, left, and Gabrielle Wimer, Forensic ID Specialists with the Torrance, Calif., Police Department, collect evidence at a burglary on Dec. 3, 2013. The pair are part of a seven women forensics team at Torrance PD calling themselves the Fabulous Forensic Females. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Christina Pino, right, and Gabrielle Wimer, Forensic ID Specialists with the Torrance, Calif., Police Department, drive to a burglary scene on Dec. 3, 2013. The pair are part of a seven women forensics team at Torrance PD calling themselves the Fabulous Forensic Females. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Christina Pinto, a Forensic ID Specialist with the Torrance, Calif., Police Department, is framed by broken glass a a burglary scene on Dec. 3, 2013. Pino is part of a seven women forensics team at Torrance PD calling themselves the Fabulous Forensic Females. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Tina Bazzo, a Forensic ID Specialist with the Torrance, Calif., Police Department, collect evidence at a burglary on Dec. 3, 2013. She is part of a seven women forensics team at Torrance PD calling themselves the Fabulous Forensic Females. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Donna Brandelli, a Forensic ID Specialist with the Torrance, Calif., Police Department, demonstrates how fingerprints can be observed with a laser on Dec. 3, 2013. Brandelli is head of a seven women forensics team at Torrance PD calling themselves the Fabulous Forensic Females. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/MCT)