A forensic officer may also have the title of forensic scientist, crime scene investigator, forensic engineer, or forensic DNA technician. Forensic officers may give evidence in court, and work with the police and other officials in solving crimes.
Crime Scene Investigation
Forensic officers work with the police to collect trace evidence from crime scenes for analysis. Trace evidence can include body fluids, fibres, fingerprints and chemicals.
A forensic officer specialising in cyber or computer crimes investigates fraud, hacking, Internet and e-mail abuse, and in some cases, the deletion or transmission of classified, financial data.
The analysis of bodily fluids and tissues for alcohol, drugs, and toxic substances including poisons is conducted by forensic officers.
The forensic officer is responsible for extracting DNA from body fluid and hair samples from crime scene investigations to help find a criminal, discover diseases, or perform paternity testing.
Forensic officers conduct and determine the validity of a polygraph tests by analysing the results based upon blood pressure, breath and pulse rates.
Forensic officers can also be involved in fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, validating signatures, and analysing physical evidence including blood spatter.
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