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Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Volume 8, Number 2, July - December 2007

LETTER FROM AMERICA

One-Hour Crime Scene Investigation

-Bryan Chrz, D.D.S.
Diplomate American Board of Forensic Odontology
USA


Bryan Chrz, USA
Bryan Chrz, USA

Here in the United States we are constantly bombarded with crime scene investigation shows depicting the high tech/digital approach to solving forensic cases in one hour episodes. The television viewers seem mesmerized by the action of investigators with their UV lights and tweezers looking for evidence at crime scenes. When a real investigation moves into the time frame of months the families and involved individuals begin voicing concerns about dragging out the process. They are not educated in the scientific aspects of forensic investigations and can not understand why the new gadgets aren't solving the case. We as forensic scientists need to communicate to the masses what we really do. The toxicologist who works on endless analysis of crime scene materials, the ballistics expert who is reviewing hundreds of weapon records, or criminalist who has a desk full of case reports all need to have their story told. Good old fashion scientific investigations solve cases and those investigations are done with sweat and hard work.

Our new tools are great assets for investigations, but we and the public we work for need to understand the limitations of even the best high tech aids. There is also the problem of assuming "novel" techniques and new approaches are proven and scientifically sound. Only through large case studies and courtroom acceptance can these novel ideas become scientifically accepted techniques.
Letter from America by Bryan Chrz, USA - Pullquotes
. . .I want to thank and salute the individuals in the trenches that do the redundant, grinding work of crime scene investigation. I want to thank those involved with research and development of new techniques and forensic tools for the advancements we are making in fighting crime. We need to blend new and old in a seamless manner to allow the courts and the pubic to understand how our science is evolving. . .

I want to thank and salute the individuals in the trenches that do the redundant, grinding work of crime scene investigation. I want to thank those involved with research and development of new techniques and forensic tools for the advancements we are making in fighting crime. We need to blend new and old in a seamless manner to allow the courts and the pubic to understand how our science is evolving. Next time we hear comments about the one hour crime solving we need to realize that most do not understand the jobs we really do. If any one finds a way to make crime investigations to be completed in one-hour or at the most a "TO BE CONTINUED" additional hour please contact me and reveal the magic formula you are using. Until then we will do our investigations in the scientific and court approved ways we do now, use the new things that become available, and keep putting the bad guys where they belong.

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