Minimum References: Course Required Reading Materials (you MUST cite course materials in your work!)
DISCUSSION 1: The Status of Forensic Science
One key risk factor of forensic practice highlighted by Julian and Kelty (2015) is a recurring concern across all of the reading materials over the past few weeks.
That risk factor is: Limited forensic literacy among key actors in the criminal justice system. Specifically, police officers are reported as having “low level of forensic awareness.” This is compounded by “less than optimal use of forensic science by police officers.”
Considering this risk factor, address the following:
Do you think that police officer should have better “forensic awareness,” especially when it comes to crime scene processing and investigation? Why or why not?
When considering concerns with the status of forensic science, what additional issues are raised in Laurin (2013), Roux et al. (2013), and Weyermann and Roux (2020)?
You have been hired by a police department to revamp their Academy training programs:
What aspects (topics) of forensic science/forensic investigations should new recruits DEFINITELY know? Why? (BE SPECIFIC. Consider different types of traces here and be specific about the TYPES of crimes that would require investigatory knowledge)
What aspects (topics) of forensic science/forensic investigations should newly-promoted detectives DEFINITELY know? Why? (BE SPECIFIC. Consider different types of traces here and be specific about the TYPES of crimes that would require investigatory knowledge)
Do your answers to a and b above differ? Why or why not?
What specific skills would you want in a detective/investigator who is tasked with making investigatory decisions regarding major crimes? List and explain each skill along with why you think that skill is important.
You have been asked whether or not a forensic scientist should be required at all crime scenes. Would you support or oppose this new personnel requirement? Why or why not? What skills would be required for such a role? MAKE A STRONG COMPELLING ARGUMENT SUPPORTED WITH RELEVANT RESOURCES.
STAY ORGANIZED—make sure you address all questions and make sure your answers are numbered to match the questions they are addressing
REMEMBER: Students are expected to read beyond the required material provided. Research the cases/topics and find additional scholarly literature to supplement discussions and assignments. Make sure all reference material is properly cited.