East Hartford police investigator Christina Johnston honored for performance

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Mar. 11, 2011
East Hartford investigator Christina Johnston recieved the 'Excellence in Performance' award March 10. Photos by Frances Taylor.
East Hartford investigator Christina Johnston recieved the 'Excellence in Performance' award March 10. Photos by Frances Taylor.

Police investigator Christina Johnston was honored recently by the Connecticut Association of Police Women for her work on a triple homicide case. She was received the “Excellence in Performance” award March 10 during a ceremony held at the Aquaturf Club in Southington.

Johnston, 30, a member of the East Hartford Police Criminal Investigation Division, gathered evidence at a crime scene where three people were found murdered in May 2010. The three victims - two men and a woman - were found shot to death in an apartment in the Woodcliff Estates complex on Nutmeg Lane. The case was a major crime scene for East Hartford Police. One arrest has been made in the case, and the crime is still being investigated.

Lt. Todd Hanlon, who heads the investigation unit, said Johnston spent hours collecting more than 200 pieces of forensic evidence, taking photographs and video of the scene.

“The most important thing about a crime scene is that if you miss it, it’s gone. You can’t go back and get it,” said Hanlon, who nominated Johnston for the award. “Christina is a dedicated professional - her attention to detail is outstanding. She is willing to drop everything and help a fellow officer to answer a question or concern. She makes the organization better.”

Johnston has been on the force for six years - three of them in evidence unit. A native of Boston, she attended the University of New Haven and graduated with a degree in criminal justice and forensic science. She later graduated from the Police Academy.

As an investigator, Johnston is trained to gather many types of biological evidence, as well as footprints and fingerprints, and document the scene. “It’s not like you see on television,” she said.

“I wouldn’t be here without all my co-workers, especially Detective Bob Zulick, who worked with me on the case,”Johnson said.

“I’ve always been interested in forensic science, and I feel blessed to be able to work in this field,” Johnston added. “I love my job and it means so much just to be nominated.”

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