We at Police Science Institute take great pride in affording those students interested in the field of Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation the opportunity to obtain a clear and highly-professional understanding of this exciting and expansive area of expertise. Today, Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation, in its perfect form, necessarily combines the human factor with scientific procedures and methods in order to identify and interpret what has occurred in a crime venue.
In most instances, the scientific evidence will speak for itself, however, the vital component of human understanding and human voices in order to translate that evidence into a court of law (in order to ensure that “justice is served”) is not a luxury but instead a necessity.
Obviously, the vastness of technological advancements has created a more diverse and effectively easier venue in Forensic / Crime Scene Investigation. But apart from those advancements, Crime Scene Investigation still requires our cognitive and emotional intuition in order to properly rationalize and conceptualize what has occurred at every crime scene.
Bear in mind, while Forensic Science can, in most cases, explain the “how” of a crime, it can never solve the “why” of a crime. The latter is therefore left within the exclusive purview of the Crime Scene Investigator (and Law Enforcement personnel) to establish a motive prior to trial, and, to avail himself or herself of every scientific and technological development presently available in Forensic Science in order to correctly analyze, retrieve and collect evidence from the scene of any crime.
For the benefit of those Readers who are new to this field of study, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) may be broadly defined as “the method of protecting, processing and reconstructing a crime so as to understand the events that led to the crime, and, for CSI personnel to find clues and evidence that would lead to the capture of the perpetrator”. A crime can take place at a single location or at multiple locations, and, may therefore involve more than one crime scene.
Similarly, in matters of homicide, it is possible that a victim was murdered in one location but the deceased’s body eventually located at another. For example, a victim could have been murdered in her home and then subsequently her body could have been disposed in different location (i.e., a park or vacant lot, etc.). Both crime scenes share equal importance in the investigative process, and, as such, both must be carefully preserved and processed in order that vital evidence is properly identified, collected and recorded.
Regardless of the nature of the crime, the crime scene or the respective case circumstances, Law Enforcement, the assigned Detectives and the CSI Technicians alike must always follow the philosophy of being completely detail-oriented, thorough, objective, scientific, non-judgmental and unbiased. Any exceptions to this can harm the veracity of the investigative process as well as the results obtained therefrom. Police Science Institute teaches these multiple, professional requisites in a format of “reality” as compared to TV and Hollywood representations!