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Professionalism in Crime Scene Examination: The Seven Key Attributes of Top Crime Scene Examiners


Kelty, SF and Julian, R and Robertson, J, Professionalism in Crime Scene Examination: The Seven Key Attributes of Top Crime Scene Examiners, Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, 2, (4) pp. 175-186. ISSN 1940-9044 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis Group

DOI: doi:10.1080/19409044.2012.693572


The crime scene is a critical element of criminal investigations and where forensic science begins. Inadequately managed scenes lead to poor evidence and risk of wrongful convictions. Reports from the United States and the United Kingdom highlight that some crime scene examiners (CSEs) outpeiform their peers, leading to less unsolved cases. 'What neither report explained was why some CSEs excel. We identified the attributes of top-pe!j'orming CSEs using job analytical techniques with 72 police investigators, forensic scientists, senior police managers, and 18 top CSEs from across Australia. We analyzed the data and found seven distinct critical skill sets for top pe!j'ormance in CSE: knowledge, life experience, professionalism, approach to life, communication, cognitive abilities, and stress management. In this paper we present the critical skills and discuss the multiple ways that top CSEs positively impact the work of criminal investigators and other CSEs, as well as the impact they have upon efficiencies within forensic laboratories.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Crime scene investigation, attributes of top forensic personnel, management,
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Kelty, SF (Dr Sally Kelty)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:80377
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2012-10-30
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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