Study on Forensics

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Competency means mastery, the state in which an individual or organization can provide services in accordance with the law, rules of ethics, and the expectations of all stakeholders. The value of competency can actually be quantified, as organizations seek to measure the effects of their failures via cost accounting (Brett, n.d.). In law enforcement, we cannot put a price on professional competency. Human lives are at stake, as is the credibility and efficiency of the entire criminal justice system. The value of competency therefore cannot be estimated and must be continually re-evaluated and assessed. As a Detective working in the field of Forensic Identification, I must always be aware of the core competencies of my profession and ensure that I am fulfilling those core competencies every day. The National Institute of Justice (2005) points out that in a mass fatality, forensic identification provides an essential humanitarian service for the victims' families, as well as key evidence in identifying potential victim perpetrators or meeting civilian investigative needs. Competency in forensics identification has value beyond that which is immediately apparent, especially in these extreme scenarios. When it comes to daily work, the value of competency also extends into the creation of a strong and cohesive working environment. I need to be able to rely on my colleagues, who also need to be able to rely on me. The relationships of trust that evolve during the course of our
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