1) Gain an understanding of the forensic process as it relates to forensic investigation.
2) Develop an awareness of the legal process and the role of personnel and forensic science in it.
3) Review the role of the investigator and evaluator in an investigation and in court.
4) Gain an understanding of forensic and crime scene strategy and how to maintain the chain of custody.
5) Review the factors that impact on the integrity of forensic evidence, including continuity, record keeping and bias.
6) Demonstrate an understanding of the Forensic Process through self and peer-evaluation.
Assessment criteria (relating to the above Learning Outcomes)
1.1 Outline the role and responsibilities of the Forensic Science Regulator (FSR)
1.2 Outline the key processes that progress a case from crime scene to court
1.3 Summarise the key concepts of quality assurance and accreditation for organisations, people and items
1.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the basis of forensic investigation
2.1 Explain the FSR Codes of Conduct
2.2 Outline the Legal Framework in the UK as it applies to forensic investigation
2.3 Summarise the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in forensic science, investigation and the legal framework
2.4 Define the role and duty of the expert witness
3.1 Identify organisations involved in prosecution of alleged crimes against or involving animals
3.2 Describe the relationship between the different organisations
3.3 Establish the purpose and format of court reports
4.1 Outline Locard’s Principle and its application to the field of forensic science
4.2 Outline the reasons and strategy for crime scene examination
4.3 Outline evidence types, collection and preservation
4.4 Summarise scene processing, recording and management
5.1 Understand bias and the implications in investigation
5.2 Summarise evidence analysis, interpretation and presentation
5.3 Describe the evidential scale of support
6.1 Outline where the forensic process is weak and how to convey this in an investigative context
6.2 Outline where the process is strong and how to build on experience
6.3 Discuss opportunities based on case studies
6.4 Summarise key developments in veterinary forensics
6.5 Identify sources of information and further reading
Comments from the facilitators’ previous students
- ‘All very in depth, good understanding and explanation given’
- ‘Fantastic course, great content, really well explained and supported with case examples’
- ‘…giving [me] more reasoning and confidence in dealing with forensic examination in future’
- ‘Content was really interesting & speaker very engaging’
- ‘Really interesting topic, great speaker’
Jo Millington, BSc (Hons) MSc PGCert MIABPA MCSFS