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Professionalism in Crime Scene Examination: The Seven Key Attributes of Top Crime Scene Examiners

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posted on 2023-05-17, 13:54 authored by Sally Kelty, Roberta JulianRoberta Julian, Robertson, J
The crime scene is a critical element of criminal investigations and where forensic science begins. Inadequately managed scenes lead to poor evidence and risk of wrongful convictions. Reports from the United States and the United Kingdom highlight that some crime scene examiners (CSEs) outpeiform their peers, leading to less unsolved cases. 'What neither report explained was why some CSEs excel. We identified the attributes of top-pe!j'orming CSEs using job analytical techniques with 72 police investigators, forensic scientists, senior police managers, and 18 top CSEs from across Australia. We analyzed the data and found seven distinct critical skill sets for top pe!j'ormance in CSE: knowledge, life experience, professionalism, approach to life, communication, cognitive abilities, and stress management. In this paper we present the critical skills and discuss the multiple ways that top CSEs positively impact the work of criminal investigators and other CSEs, as well as the impact they have upon efficiencies within forensic laboratories.

History

Publication title

Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal

Issue

4

Pagination

175-186

ISSN

1940-9044

Department/School

School of Social Sciences

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Inc.

Place of publication

325 Chestnut St, Ste 800, Philadelphia, USA

Rights statement

Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis Group

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  • Restricted

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Law enforcement

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