Crime Scene Investigation : Roles And Practices

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Crime Scene Investigation: Roles and Practices
Christopher Jackson
Weber State University Introduction
Background Information: Forensic science once thought a Pseudo-Science is now a staple in the arsenal of weapons that police forces utilize daily. Recently Williams and Weetman refer to forensic science as something that is recurring throughout an investigation. It is utilized at the scene of the crime, in the laboratory, in the briefing room, in interviews and in the courtroom (2013, p. 381). Throughout their research Williams and Weetman take note of the ever changing combinations of institutional structures, dynamic processes and agents in the routine usage of forensic science in policing. In order to make use of this new tool, the role of the crime scene investigator becomes critical.
Crime Scene Investigators are typically civilians and are present in most police forces throughout the world. The role of the CSI, no matter where they are is essentially the same, despite minor details (Williams 2007). Given the popular spin that media places on the crime scene investigator, there has not been a great deal of research into the role. Even with the increased attention that crime scene investigators are receiving, research remains focused on key attributes of top investigators rather than on the field as a whole. (Horswell 1995, Horswell and Edwards 1997, Ribaux et al. 2010a, Kelty et al. 2011, Julian et al. 2012).
For the most part, sociological…

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