Seminar conducted by Dr. Maurice Aboud

Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

Introduction: Definition and Scope
 The focus of Forensic Science is the Crime Lab using the principles and techniques of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Anthropology and other sciences in order to place physical evidence into a professional discipline.

History and Development of Forensic Science

  1. Mathieu Orfila
  2. Alphonse Bertillon
  3. Francis Galton
  4. Leone Lattes
  5. Calvin Goddard
  6. Albert S. Osborn
  7. Hans Gross
  8. Edmond Locard

Organization of a Crime Laboratory

Services of the Crime Laboratory

Basic Services Provided by Full-Service Crime Laboratories

  1. Physical Science Unit
  2. Biology Unit
  3. Firearms Unit
  4. Document Examination Unit
  5. Photography Unit: examines and records physical evidence at the crime scene and at suspects' locations

Optional Services Provided by Full-Service Crime Labs

  1. Toxicology Unit
  2. Latent Fingerprint Unit
  3. Polygraph Unit
  4. Voiceprint Analysis Unit
  5. Evidence-Collection Unit

The Functions of The Forensic Scientist

  1. Analysis of Physical Evidence
  2. Expert witness
  3. Specially trained evidence collection technicians