What Are a Forensic Officer's Duties?

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What Are a Forensic Officer's Duties?
Crime Scene (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Colin Brown)

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.

Computer Forensics

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.

What Are a Forensic Officer's Duties?
Computer Investigations (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Blake Patterson)


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.

Lie Detection

Forensic officers conduct and determine the validity of a polygraph tests by analysing the results based upon blood pressure, breath and pulse rates.

Other Duties

Forensic officers can also be involved in fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, validating signatures, and analysing physical evidence including blood spatter.

What Are a Forensic Officer's Duties?
Finger prints (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Mattias)

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