Elizabeth graduated from UCLA in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She joined the Master’s program in Criminalistics at CSULA. Along with her classwork, Devine began a two-year internship at the Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner/Coroner’s Office researching her Master’s Thesis entitled “A Comparison of Elastomeric Materials in the Casting of Toolmarks in Bone and Tissue.” She received a Master of Science Degree in Criminalistics from California State University, Los Angeles in 1985.
Directly out of school, she joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a criminalist in the Narcotics Section. In 1986, she transferred to the Serology (blood analysis) section, and that same year became a crime scene investigator, beginning a career that had her involved in some of Los Angeles County’s highest profile murder investigations. For her work on the Universal Citywalk multiple murder case, Devine received the Sheriff Department’s Meritorious Service Medal and a scroll from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
In 1997, at the request of Attorney General Janet Reno, a national panel of experts was convened to establish national guidelines for crime scene investigation. As a member of that panel, Devine contributed to the publication of a booklet that has become a valued resource for crime scene investigations nationwide entitled “Crime Scene Investigation: a Guide for Law Enforcement.”
Devine was promoted to Supervising Criminalist, ultimately heading up the Crime Scene Unit and co-supervising the DNA lab. In addition to training a dozen of her fellow criminalists over the years, Devine provided training to detectives assigned to LAPD, LASD and dozens of agencies in California through the Robert Pressley ICI Institute of the Police Officers Standards and Training. She trained investigators in homicide investigation, sexual assault investigation and crime scene reconstruction. She has provided training to investigators in Idaho, Florida and most recently for Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. She taught the 12 hour Physical Evidence class at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Academy for eleven years. She helped design and administer the Patrol School Crime Scene Investigation classroom training and role-playing for LASD’s Patrol School for 10 years.
She taught a course on Crime Scene Investigation for Junior and Senior high school students at La Canada High School in California in the school years 2009-10 and 2010-11.
After 15 years with the LA Sheriff, in 2000, Devine retired as their most experienced crime scene reconstruction expert to join the production staff on a brand new television drama entitled CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a technical consultant. She began working on the first episode helping the actors and writers become familiar with the tools, terminology and instrumentation used in the forensic science field. In the first season of the hit drama, Devine received story credit on two of the highest-rated episodes of the year, and wrote a third, all based on her real-life experience. At the end of that season, she was hired as a writer/producer. She has worked for the CSI franchise for a combined total of thirteen years. She has written or co-written 21 episodes of CSI: Miami, sixteen episodes of CSI and one episode of CSI: New York. She has been involved in the writing of hundreds of CSI Episodes, both breaking stories in the room, script notes and script rewrites. She has spent hundreds of hours on the set working with the actors, directors and crew and has spent many hours in the editing room helping cut her episodes. Devine just completed work on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Finale, the conclusion of the long-running original show, which airs in the US September 27, 2015. Currently Devine is working on Pilot projects, a short film, and developing a new series.
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