Crime Officer Roles

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Matteo Gessa Biology, Chantelle 20/10/2016 Describe the roles and responsibilities of a SOCO SOCOs (scene of crime officer) have many roles and responsibilities, first of all when they arrive at the scene of the crime they have to deal with any possible injuries and check if the area is safe for them and for the witnesses. When entering the scene of the crime they have to make sure to be wearing appropriate clothing to prevent contaminations, they also have to protect and preserve the crime scene so that the evidence can be collected safely, they also have to decide what is evidence and what is not evidence, then when they decided what is evidence they have to collect them with the correct procedure and transport them to their laboratories…show more content…
They first examine the outside of the corpse for injuries and evidence, then they open up the corpse and dissect the organs for evidence, and take photos if necessary. They have to complete a report as they go and record the results. They need to send evidence or bodily parts to other forensic departments for advanced examinations, and liaise with police and other departments. When they don’t need any more the body they put it back together for the family to bury it. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a Forensic Toxicologist Their job is to find out if someone had poisons or drugs in their system by testing the blood of the person and eventually test other organs for the presence of drugs or poisons. They also need to calculate the total amount of drugs or poisons in the person system and understand how this could have affected them. After they need to write down a report that could be used in court with the forensic toxicologist being present as an expert witness. Describe the roles and responsibilities of a DNA lab…show more content…
Ballistics experts are also involved in crime scene mapping, which involves using computer design programs and laser measuring tools. Crime scene mapping is used to create diagrams for police reports and to present in court. It is common for them to lift fingerprints or to collect DNA samples from bullet’s round. After completing ballistics testing, ballistics experts must write detailed reports that can be used by in court. They may also be required to serve as expert
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