Forensic Science in the 21st Century

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Forensic Science in the 21st Century

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Forensic Science in the 21st Century

Forensic science is regarded as an essential component in the resolution of crimes and law enforcement. Collecting and deciphering evidence properly and preserving crime scenes are two of the most important elements in crime-solving. Consequently, technological advances are relevant to the limited and challenging forensic science field. Also, it is a field wherein technical aptitude is attained only by the amalgamation of various dynamics. For example, supervision, continuing education, proficiency, training, experience, coupled with appreciativeness of scientific
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Furthermore, forensic science executes not only its customary role of surmising what transpired at a crime scene criminal involvement, but also gives exhaustively to spawning investigative clues and directing, testing, and redirecting investigative lines. In this function, forensic science adds to the assembly of timely and applicable investigative and intelligence information on terrorist groups and clandestine cells. Additionally, this warrants enhanced and specialized forensic analysis, information sharing, and traditional forensic science tools. These innovative tools are being created predominantly by the United States’ defense and intelligence communities, with every community altering the innovative tools to its specialized missions and needs (The National Academy Press, 2012). Another homeland security forensic science component is located in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which organizes the Intelligence Community’s different components. Also, inside that agency is a National Counter-proliferation Center that toils in bio-forensics. The substantial risk of the development, procurement, and exploitation of weapons of mass destruction has steered U.S. government organizations toward cultivating innovative forensic science competencies (Cooke, 2007). This development initiated the creation of a dedicated forensic hazardous materials division in the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory in 1996. Furthermore, the
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