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Professionalization and Crime Scene Examination


Robertson, J and White, R and Kelty, S and Julian, R, Professionalization and Crime Scene Examination, Forensic Science Policy & Management, 5, (3-4) pp. 99-111. ISSN 1940-9044 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/19409044.2014.981348


In this paper we critically examine the current status of the crime scene examiner within the broader context of forensic science as a profession. Crime scene examination is often not included in reports dealing with forensic science such as the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, and this has implications for the professional status of crime scene examiners. We propose that crime scene examination is an integral part of forensic science and that crime scene examination is part of the forensic science profession. However, the lack of professional structures and some key elements of a "profession" work against general acceptance by the relevant community. We argue that in order for crime scene examination as a discipline to achieve this level of recognition and acceptance, it will need to address issues of entry qualification, training, regulation, and develop a research culture to improve its knowledge base.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:White, R (Professor Rob White)
UTAS Author:Kelty, S (Dr Sally Kelty)
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
ID Code:98151
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-02-03
Last Modified:2015-05-11
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