How To Become A Crime Laboratory Analyst/Expert

Shiza Sana
Post Category : Science

5/17/2019 11:47:01 AM

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How To Become A Crime Laboratory Analyst/Expert

Forensic science largely depends on ones area of specialisation. There are various career options to choose from. Forensic science is a field of science that deals with solving criminal investigation with the help of civil laws by governing and examining the evidence by using scientific methods and following a correct procedure.

The area of forensic science is not limited to one strict type of work, it has different roles and responsibilities to offer. The various career option it offers are related to working directly on the crime scene, some in laboratory, others focus on data/ evidence collection and analysis and research work.

 

One of the specialised fields of Forensic science is:

This field requires knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology to analyse evidence such as firearms, blood, DNA and other body fluids. They gather, compile and analyse the data collected from crime scene to make necessary hypothesis and help in solving the particular case.

The crime analysis helps law enforcement agencies in areas of particular jurisdiction. They prepare reports for court representations and testify as expert witness.

Crime lab Analysts also specialise in other fields such as Fingerprinting, ballistics, handwriting, blood spatter etc.

They process physical evidence submitted by the investigators to help recognise the mode of crime. Crime lab analysis involves knowledge related to laboratory methods, policies, rules &regulations, procedures and practices while processing evidence for criminal or civil investigations.

 

DUTIES

  • Perform biological, chemical, haematological, physical analysis on the submitted evidence.
  • Perform tests and analysis under the direction of a forensic scientist.
  • Record samples and other important information for future uses.
  • Monitor and maintain an inventory of supplies for laboratory use.
  • Receive and log evidence.
  • Enter appropriate data and information into automated databases.
  • Prepare exhibits and specimens for testing.
  • Conduct crime tests and analysis in timely fashion.

 

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • To become a Crime lab analyst you must have critical and sharp thinking skills.
  • Other important skill a crime lab analyst must possess is an eye for details. While inspecting a site you along with your team must be able to look closely to every possible aspect of the incident.
  • Must have good communication skills, as they will be working with different agencies and are required to give detailed account for their discoveries in the case, or during court room testimonies if they are called.
  • Should be highly analytical to determine accurate findings

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE COURSES:

  • 10+2 or equivalent from a recognised board with Physics, chemistry, biology or Maths as main subjects.
  • A minimum aggregate of 55%.
  • Some universities conduct their own entrance exams.
  • Crime laboratory analysts must complete their Bachelor’s degree in Forensic science, microbiology or a related field.
  • They can also join an internship programme in a crime lab to gain the required experience.
 

 

COLLEGES FOR FORENSIC SCIENCE COURSES: