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Three Great Resources Offer Inside Scoop on Forensics

Posted by Tami Russell on Feb 24, 2017 3:24:01 PM

There’s no debating that forensics and crime scene analysis is fascinating – both to practicing professionals and the rest of us who just like a good crime story. 

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What is a Forensic Science Technician?

Posted by Tami Russell on Jan 20, 2017 4:45:40 PM

Professionals working in Forensic science, working with other law enforcement personnel, reveal and report on evidence that can be used to solve crimes and prosecute criminals.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) explains that forensic science technicians aid investigations by collecting and analyzing scene evidence.  These technicians specialize in either crime scene investigation or laboratory analysis.

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DNA Evidence Plays Big Role In High Profile Cases

Posted by Tami Russell on Sep 27, 2016 9:13:26 PM

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Is DNA Really A Reliable Source of Evidence in A Crime?

Posted by Tami Russell on Sep 15, 2016 10:47:12 PM

There are a lot of high-profile cases in the news that highlight the painstaking work of forensic scientists and technicians.  In California, the San Luis Obispo’s Sheriff’s office, with the help of the FBI, is currently uncovering evidence they hope will lead to closure in the Kristin Smart case. The 19-year-old college student, declared dead in 2002, went missing in 1996 in a case that has never been solved.

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The Science of Fingerprinting Dates Back Centuries

Posted by Tami Russell on Sep 1, 2016 7:32:16 PM

Crime scene investigators, private investigators and police officers understand that one of the critical pieces of evidence a perpetrator can leave behind at a crime scene is a fingerprint.  And, thanks to procedural crime shows, most civilians are very aware that a fingerprint at a crime scene will lead to an arrest if the print is identifiable.

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Shocking "Making a Murderer" Decision Shines Spotlight on Forensics and Interrogations

Posted by Tami Russell on Aug 16, 2016 3:49:32 PM

A famous criminal case, featured in the multi-part Netflix series Making a Murderer, is again in the public eye as a federal judge in Milwaukee, Wisconsin overturned the conviction of Brendan Dassey, one of two men featured in the true crime documentary.

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5 Resources for Future Crime Scene Investigators

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

You’re thinking that crime scene investigation might be the career for you, but where do you begin?  What exactly do CSI investigators do, and what types of career paths exist for investigators?  We’ve compiled a list of 5 sites that you’ll want to bookmark in your pursuit as a crime scene investigator.

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Introduction to Forensics May Be Helpful In Other Careers

Posted by Tami Russell on May 5, 2016 11:29:06 PM

Forensics is a hot topic these days.  But can forensics training boost careers outside of the traditional crime scene investigator?

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Understanding REAL Crime Scene Investigation

Posted by Tami Russell on Apr 14, 2016 11:10:05 PM

Hollywood is known for its tendency to make certain professions seem either glamorous or easy.  A lot of times that’s because they have a movie or a show to produce, and there’s limited time to spend on comprehensive details.  That’s why when investigators arrive on a fictional crime scene, they gather their details with ease.  Then, they’ll usually jump to quick (and perfect) conclusions. 

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The Role of the Crime Scene Investigator at the Crime Scene

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Barry Allen (the title character in CW’s hit show “The Flash”) splits his time between crime-fighting as The Flash and as a crime scene analyst for the Central City police department.  While his super speed does help him catch the criminal in a timely manner, he still has to rely on the tools, evidence and his knowledge as an analyst to lead him in the right direction.  This show and other shows featuring crime scene investigators give us a hint of the tools that a CSI uses to help catch and convict the criminal.

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