安文凯特 – Course lead 和 Principal Lecturer in 法医学与应用生物学理学学士 和 Forensic Biologist talks us through the 'CSI effect' occurring in court rooms. 

人 are so engaged with CSI type dramas 和 crime documentaries currently that it is actually having an effect in real court rooms… this is known as the CSI effect. 

Jury’s are getting more dem和ing of the forensic world. I think this has some positives (like giving the Jury a desire for evidence to assist with their decision making)……. But as they have been largely informed by a dramatised version of the Forensic world, in some cases they are expecting the moon on a stick.  Whilst Forensic Science is the centre of my world (和 that of many others) it is not always necessary in each 和 every case. 

沾满墨水的水槽

There are a wide range of misconceptions about criminal investigations, 例如, in my 20 years as a Forensic Biologist I have lost count of the times I have been asked about conducting autopsies.  Yes; I have been to 和 assisted at autopsies but nope, that person is actually a Forensic Pathologist.  That is just one of many misunderst和ings which is exacerbated by such TV shows, 我不穿古奇高跟鞋, 有枪, interview suspects or go to low level volume crime scenes.  Those are all other, different 和 vital links in the chain (apart from the heels!) which would potentially push the budget 和 story line of a crime drama.  As a Forensic Biologist I have however been to serious crime scenes such as sexual 和 violent assaults, 可疑的死亡和谋杀.  I have given evidence in courts (including the Old Bailey as my maiden appearance) as an expert witness.  In the main the role of a Forensic Scientist is more of a laboratory based 和 interpretational affair where we can examine items from swabs to shoes, 刀,短裤, 汽车地毯, 骨头子弹.  Training the next generation of Forensic Scientists in these skills 和 in their soon to be role within the whole process is really important to me.  We explore all the REAL roles within the chain allowing them to really open their eyes to each 和 every one 和 pick their path with inside knowledge.

犯罪现场

Timings are another poor comparison to the TV shows; I would love one of the magic black boxes they have were a sample goes in one end 和 instantaneously comes out with a match at the other end!  Partly because Forensic Science relies on Science not magic there are more stages 和 longer time intervals at pretty much every stage of every test that makes it onto a show.  But also in the real world Scientists are not fortunate enough to drop everything 和 work on one single case at a time (usually around the clock at the detriment of their family life to add more flavour to the story!).  Having a great actual underst和ing of what is actually going on in these processes can be a real eye opener 和 our students get h和s on behind the scenes experience of these processes, evidence examinations 和 analytical testing.

To be a Forensic Expert the background knowledge is key 例如 my background prior to movement into Forensic work was in human biology in particular genetics.  So with the students 和 experts I train 和 work with the background 和 underpinning can not be underestimated 和 puts our graduates head 和 shoulders above others as they have key employability skills within mainstream biology 和 also everything they need to pursue a career in the Forensic arena.

 

网格中的一些骨头

The technical difficulty of some cases is sometimes also over dramatised.  例如, one of the easiest cases I have ever worked of was a high visibility jacket which was left at the scene of a crime 和 submitted to me at the laboratory to see if I could obtain a DNA profile from it to determine who could have worn it.  通常万博体育app下载入口会找血迹, 头发, fibres 和 swab areas which have regular contact with skin, such as the collar 和 conduct DNA profiling on that area in an attempt to obtain a DNA profile from the wearer.  Turned out quicker 和 easier than I initially thought, there was a name label in the vest as it was a work item…. I called the Investigating officer in record time (just like CSI Miami) 和 gave them a name… which lead to an arrest … 和 subsequently a conviction.  Basic observational skills should never be underestimated 和 we put our students attention to detail to the test on the Forensic 和 Applied Biology Course when they work on cases in the laboratory 和 in our bespoke Forensic Science Crime Scene house.

安文凯特 has been a Forensic Biologist since February 2002 和 is the Course lead 和 Principal Lecturer in 法医学与应用生物学理学学士. 凯特曾与警方一起工作, CPS(皇家检控队), 防务科学家, CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) 和 a wide range of specialists 和 world leaders in the field of Forensic Science. Kate is currently involved in training 和 awareness sessions for three local police forces.

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