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The Work of Forensic Professionals is as Unique as the Crime

Posted by Tami Russell on Jun 9, 2017 8:04:56 PM

What’s been in the news lately?  Well, besides politics, which is no place for The Knowledge Nook, it’s safe to say that high profile crimes and investigations usually pop up during a daily newsfeed.  Never far behind these sensational stories is the work of forensic specialists - the people, and technology, in the background, helping solve crimes.

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Topics: crime scene investigations

Will a Degree Help Me Find Work in the Forensics Field?

Posted by Tami Russell on May 5, 2017 2:12:43 PM

Although there are some jobs within the forensics field that do not require a degree, individuals with a college degree in targeted disciplines will have increased options and opportunities for advancement and salary increases.

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Topics: crime scene investigations

Blogs, Websites Offer Easy Insight into A Forensics Career

Posted by Tami Russell on Mar 31, 2017 5:29:26 PM

Forensic science technicians are part of a criminal investigation team.  Specifically, these professionals are focused on collecting and analyzing crime scene evidence.  It's important to understand that forensics entails more opportunities than just on-the-scene specialists.  The career includes criminalists (the people who re-construct crime scenes), computer forensic specialists, and toxicologists (those who deal with body fluids), among many other jobs.   There are myriad opportunities for thoe interested in law enforcement to become involved with crime scene science.

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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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Topics: crime scene investigations

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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Topics: crime scene investigations

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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Topics: crime scene investigations

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