Forensic Science operations: Joining the Pieces for Justice

Posted in Operations & IT Articles, Total Reads: 2202 , Published on 27 April 2011

Human society is extremely vulnerable and volatile. People who live together can be two faced and change colors like a chameleon. Anger, greed and jealousy are some things which if go beyond a person’s control, can lead to crime. For a civilized society to exist it is pivotal to have a rule of law which prevents crime by punishing the guilty and making the world a safe place for people. And this is where operations of forensic and intelligence departments of a country solve the puzzle by joining the pieces.

Forensic Science

The operations involved in the field of forensic study are extremely critical and complicated. The operations, though very different from industrial activity, have similarities in precision, accuracy and versatility of challenges. Forensic experts work on minute evidences on crime scenes such as finger prints, DNA data, weapons, drugs, counterfeit goods etc. Coordination between the crime branch, forensic experts and the medical team eases the operations and help in solving crime by reconstructing faces, animating events so as to find out cause and time of the crime.

In forensic operations and management, the most important factor is the collective team effort of all the various departments. Also, constant improvement in technology is another operational challenge which forensic departments have to face, especially which dealing with sophisticated weapons, computerized explosives etc.

Researchers and medical teams have to analyze the crime by understanding the injuries and wounds that the victim carries. Pathologists and anthropologists analyze the various injuries thereby helping the crime branch team in visualizing the nature of violence. Medical teams understand dental records, toxic and alcohol content in the body etc for understanding the reason and cause of the effect the crime had on the victim.

A major role in cracking sensitive crime cases is performed by technology. Animated 3D reconstructions help to recreate body structure to identify the victims. Apart from this, UV ray guns, pocket sized labs etc help in analyzing the crime scene for suspicious objects. X-rays, fluorescence scanners etc are also a part of the operational exercise in the field of crime investigation. DNA finger printing is also considered while performing an investigation. Thus, minute details and extensive knowledge of the environment is critical in managing forensic operations.

However, despite technological advances, operations are sometimes difficult to carry out due to ambiguity. There is always a degree of error in matching finger prints, bullet casings and even DNA profiles. Also, scientifically to prove the event of crime is flawed and complicated at times. These operational hazards have to be overcome by analyzing and understanding other clues present in the vicinity.

Unknowingly, criminals always leave behind evidences at crime scenes. This gives a chance to the law to catch hold of the culprits in order to maintain peace and harmony in the society, and providing justice. And this where the operational expertise of forensic experts helps in solving the puzzle of crime, by joining the pieces.


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